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Alex Diab performs on the still rings during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Diab won the event, earning him a spot on the U.S. national team and a place in the Olympic Team Trials at the end of June.

Diab repeats as still rings champion, qualifies for Olympic Team Trials

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 12, 2021

Last weekend, three Illini gymnasts faced the best gymnasts in the country when they competed in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Rising senior Michael Fletcher competed as an all-arounder,...

Junior Michael Fletcher dismounts from the still rings at the NCAA Championships on April 17.  Fletcher, along with Illinois alumni Michael Paradise and Alex Diab, will be competing in Fort Worth, Texas, at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Three Illini to compete at U.S. Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer June 3, 2021

Three current and former Illini gymnasts — rising senior Michael Fletcher and alumni Alex Diab and Michael Paradise — will compete as individuals this weekend in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships...

Junior Clay Mason Stephens poses for judges at a meet. The Illinois gymnast will compete on Friday for a spot in the next Olympics.

Stephens to compete for spot in Olympics on Friday

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer May 20, 2021

Illinois junior Clay Mason Stephens has dreamed of competing in the Olympics since he was five years old. On Friday, he will compete for the opportunity to make that dream come true. For the last three...

The men’s gymnastics team cheers during the meet against Ohio State Jan. 23 at Huff Hall in Champaign. The Illini had injury issues all year, though they still had several individual accolades throughout the season.

Men’s gymnastics season rewind: Illini claim individual titles during difficult season

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team wrapped up its 2021 season a few weeks ago at the NCAA championships, claiming sixth place in the team competition. Though the team didn’t finish where it hoped to,...

Junior Ian Skirkey performs on a pommel horse at the NCAA Championships Saturday. Skirky won the NCAA pommel horse championship, which is the first in his career.

Illini of the Week: Skirkey wins NCAA pommel horse championship

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 22, 2021

On the north wall of Huff Hall’s arena sits a list of 34 Illinois gymnasts who have won at least one individual NCAA men’s gymnastics championship. Among the names on that list are USA Gymnastics and/or...

Junior Ian Skirkey performs on pommel horse at the NCAA Championships Saturday. Skirkey won his first career national pommel horse title with a 14.166.

Skirkey wins national pommel horse title, team finishes sixth at NCAA Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 18, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team wrapped up its 2021 season in Minneapolis over the weekend by competing in the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships. The eighth-seeded Illini competed in two meets:...

Junior Michael Fletcher performs a routine on the parallel bars against Iowa on Feb. 13. The Illinois men's gymnastics team will compete in the NCAA national championships this week as an eight-seed.

Illini to compete in NCAA Championships as 8-seed

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has only one weekend of competition left in its season. It’s the weekend the Illini have spent the entire season preparing for: the NCAA men’s gymnastics national...

Sophomore Evan Manivong  sticks his landing and celebrates after by showing off his vaccine card during the meet against Minnesota on March 22. While originally meant as a joke between teammates, Manivong used the stunt to raise awareness about vaccinations.

Manivong goes viral with vaccine card celebration

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

During Illinois’ March 22 meet against Minnesota, sophomore Evan Manivong celebrated his stuck vault landing with a move The Athletic’s Olivia Witherite called “the ultimate flex.” After sticking...

Junior Clay Stephens poses on the parallel bars during their meet on Jan. 23. The men's team continues to practice and work on their skills before the NCAA Men's Gymnastic tournament.

Fletcher wins vault, Illinois finishes fourth at Big Ten Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 4, 2021

Michael Fletcher can finally add “Big Ten champion” to his resume. The junior all-arounder came close as a freshman in 2019, placing third in the all-around with a score of 82.700. His vault score...

Non-competing members of the Illinois men’s gymnastics team cheer while overlooking a teammate on the pommel horse in a meet against Ohio State Jan. 23. The team is set to compete in Lincoln, Nebraska, this weekend for the Big Ten Championships despite multiple gymnasts being injured.

Illini travel to Lincoln, set for Big Ten Championships

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

On Saturday, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team will do something in Lincoln, Nebraska that it hasn’t done in almost two years: compete in the postseason. Last year, the team was nearing the end of...

Michael Fletcher swings himself over the pommel horse at a meet against Ohio State on Jan. 23. Fletcher stepped up against Minnesota this weekend and received the Illini of the Week award for competing all-around seamlessly while most of the team’s top performers were injured.

Illini of the Week: Fletcher steps up for injury-riddled team

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

In its regular season finale against Minnesota, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team needed every healthy gymnast to compete, including its walk-ons. The team was, and still is, ravaged by injuries and...

Graduate student Danny Graham celebrates after coming off of the rings at a competition against Iowa on Feb. 13. Graham returned to the team after recovering from a broken tibia and has been performing better than ever.

Graham returns from injury with impressive comeback

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Earlier this month, Danny Graham was named Illinois’ nominee for the Nissen Emery Award, the most prestigious award in college gymnastics. Though Graham wasn’t named a finalist, he is honored just...

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