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Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes season on high note

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes season on high note

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

May 8, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

All season long, head coach Justin Spring spoke of looking for consistency from his team, and he finally got that performance during postseason play. The Illini started the season strong, winning their first 11 meets of the year before suffering four-consecutive defeats leading up to the Big Ten cham...

Illinois men’s gymnastics finish third at nationals

Illinois men’s gymnastics finish third at nationals

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

April 24, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini concluded their season Saturday, narrowly missing the ultimate goal of any NCAA team: a national championship. Army hosted the meet at Christl Arena, in West Point, New York. Illinois finished third with an overall team score of 422.100, and four gymnasts — junior Bobby Baker, sophomore Alex Dia...

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes on high note at Big Ten championship

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes on high note at Big Ten championship

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's gymnastics team came up just short of the team title in the first day of the Big Ten championship meet, but captured individual event titles on the second. Junior Brandon Ngai, sophomore Johnny Jacobson and sophomore Alex Diab won three of six Big Ten event titles in front of a hom...

Illinois men’s gymnastics hosts Big Ten Championships

Illinois men’s gymnastics hosts Big Ten Championships

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has been preparing for the Big Ten Championships the entire season and will not have to travel far. The State Farm Center will host the conference championship meet Friday. “We’ve been thinking about it all year,” said senior Matt Foster. “I’ve been visualizing my p...

Illinois men’s gymnastics awaits top competition

Illinois men’s gymnastics awaits top competition

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

March 9, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The No. 3 Illinois men’s gymnastics team will start the final run of its season Saturday with a meet against Stanford and Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This meet will be followed by ones against Oklahoma and Ohio State. “Every single meet from here on out is going to be a very intense competi...

Illinois men’s gymnast Quiana given Big Ten honor

Illinois men’s gymnast Quiana given Big Ten honor

By Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Big Ten announced Wednesday that Illinois men's gymnast Sebastian Quiana is the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The award follows Quiana's performance at the Puerto Rico Gymnastics Challenge last weekend. He earned the highest floor total out of all freshmen in the country this season, putting...

Illinois men’s gymnastics departs for Puerto Rico

Illinois men’s gymnastics departs for Puerto Rico

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team boarded a flight in Champaign at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The coaching staff planned to snorkel together as a team-bonding exercise Wednesday. “You don’t really mind waking up at 4 a.m. when you’re heading to Puerto Rico,” junior Tyson Bull ...

Illinois cruises to victory over Iowa

Illinois cruises to victory over Iowa

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team won easily after jumping out to an early lead over No. 10 Iowa on Saturday. The final score was 409.950-397.100. After two rotations, the Illini led 135.400-123.100 due to technical errors from the Hawkeyes during their floor routines. Iowa finished with a total...

Illinois men’s gymnastics hosts Iowa following Winter Cup Challenge

Illinois men’s gymnastics hosts Iowa following Winter Cup Challenge

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's gymnastics team ranked No. 3 in the College Gymnastics Association Poll released Monday. The Illini are gearing up for a Saturday meet against No. 10 Iowa after a grueling three weeks of training after the team’s most recent Feb. 3 meet. Head coach Justin Spring said picking the line...

Illinois men’s gymnastics defeats Penn State

Illinois men’s gymnastics defeats Penn State

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 4, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

Despite not living up to head coach Justin Spring’s expectations for a second week in a row, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team once again prevailed in Big Ten action Friday night. Illinois (8-0) defeated No. 6 Penn State 411.350-404.550 after leading the entire duration of the meet. The lo...

Illinois men’s gymnastics prepares for meet against Penn State

Illinois men’s gymnastics prepares for meet against Penn State

By Will, Gerard

February 3, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

Fresh off a team title for its dance routine during the eight annual Jock Jams, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team is ready to turn its attention to Friday’s dual meet against Penn State. On Monday, the team took home the Jock Jams honor before performing again Tuesday at State Farm Center dur...

Illini of the Week Feb. 2: Alex Diab

Illini of the Week Feb. 2: Alex Diab

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

February 2, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

When people think of male athletes, their minds tend to think of a 6-foot something giant and probably a ball of some sort. But for sophomore Alex Diab, his 5-foot-3 stature is ideal for his sport — gymnastics. It's commonly known that a collegiate athlete gets their start early in life, but Diab d...

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