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Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes third at NCAA championships

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes third at NCAA championships

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

April 21, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

On Saturday night in Chicago, the Illini men's gymnastics team finished in third place at the Men's National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships. https://twitter.com/IlliniMGym/status/987877260135890944 The team competed alongside Stanford, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota and Penn State in the...

IOTW: Alex Diab and Illini men’s gymnastics

IOTW: Alex Diab and Illini men’s gymnastics

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Athletic talent cannot be bought; it is given. For Illinois gymnast Alex Diab, this idea is ingrained within him by his coach, which Diab then passes down to his teammates as well. The Illini men’s gymnastics team captured the Big Ten championship on Friday with a team total of 413.900. Accordin...

Illini gymnastics: the powerhouse that deserves attention

Illini gymnastics: the powerhouse that deserves attention

By Orri Benatar, On-air sports editor

February 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

It’s easy to forget about smaller sports. Our attention is so focused on the pursuit of football and men’s basketball success that we can overlook all the great things other student-athletes achieve. Golf has gained more of following, but it's time another Illinois sport gets its due: gymnastics....

Baker near-perfect in vault; named Co-Gymnast of the Week in Big Ten

Baker near-perfect in vault; named Co-Gymnast of the Week in Big Ten

By Brandon Wenzel, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The crowd in Huff Hall began to quiet down as Bobby Baker began his run toward the vault during the Illinois men’s gymnastics meet against Arizona State. “It was the exact same run that I’ve been doing for four years,” Baker said. Everything leading up to that springboard had been exactly t...

Women lose, men win in gymnastics home openers

Women lose, men win in gymnastics home openers

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

Kasey Meeks made history on vault Friday night, becoming the first Illini freshman gymnast to open her career with consecutive individual event titles since Kelsey Joannides in 2009. However it wasn’t enough to propel No. 21 Illinois to an upset victory over No. 3 Michigan, which came away with a...

Illini men’s and women’s teams earn season-opening victories

Illini men’s and women’s teams earn season-opening victories

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

January 18, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois men’s and women’s gymnastics teams got off to strong starts to the 2018 season, winning their respective opening meets, and each team is looking to carry early momentum into home meets at Huff Hall this weekend. In first-year head coach Nadalie Walsh’s debut competition at the helm of...

Men’s, women’s gymnastics face off in Orange and Blue exhibition

Men’s, women’s gymnastics face off in Orange and Blue exhibition

By Satvik Sethia, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illini were split in two at Huff Hall on Saturday, as the members of the Fighting Illini men’s and women’s gymnastics teams compete in their annual Orange and Blue exhibition. The judges of the events were student-athletes from other sports, and the audience determined the winner in case of a tie. T...

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...

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