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Gymnastics wins in Windy City

Gymnastics wins in Windy City

By Daniel Collins

January 20, 2015


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team did not feel like there was much to celebrate after coming in first out of six teams at the Windy City Invitational this weekend. The Illini were not in as good of form as they expected and are still trying to figure out their best lineup after injuries sidelined sopho...

Gymnastics begins season at Orange and Blue meet

Gymnastics begins season at Orange and Blue meet

December 8, 2014


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It was an afternoon of introductions, competition and humor Sunday at Huff Hall as the Illinois men’s and women’s gymnastics teams made their season debuts at the Orange and Blue Exhibition. Gymnasts were divided into Team Orange and Team Blue, matched up in four rounds of five head-to-head competitions in each ro...

Jordan Valdez brings home NCAA high bar national title, Illini finish 4th in team finals

Jordan Valdez brings home NCAA high bar national title, Illini finish 4th in team finals

By Kieran Hampl

April 14, 2014


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Illinois junior Jordan Valdez rose to the occasion, bringing home the NCAA high bar title after competing in the national championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., over the weekend. The Illini, who finished fourth as a team on Friday night, still had high aspirations heading into the individual part of the...

Illinois men’s gymnastics places 4th in NCAA Championships

April 12, 2014


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The No. 5 Illinois men’s gymnastics team placed fourth in the NCAA Championships on Friday. The Illini put up a valiant effort, scoring 435.350. Michigan won the title. Oklahoma finished second and Stanford took third. Michigan, the defending champion, scored a 445.050 in the winning effort. Illi...

The pommel crew’s relationship out of the gym has allowed them to shine during competitions

The pommel crew’s relationship out of the gym has allowed them to shine during competitions

By Kieran Hampl

April 10, 2014


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For the Illinois men’s gymnastics team, the pommel crew, as they like to call themselves, goes beyond being one of best components in the fifth-ranked Illini lineup.  Most gymnasts on the team compete in multiple events in each competition and have to spend practice time preparing accordingly. Soph...

Illini men’s gymnastics hopes to bring home national title

Illini men’s gymnastics hopes to bring home national title

By Kieran Hampl

April 10, 2014


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The No. 5-ranked Illinois gymnastics team hopes to top the field this weekend at the 2014 NCAA Championships.  Late Tuesday afternoon, the Illini boarded the bus to Ann Arbor, Mich., with a practice day scheduled for Wednesday, before the three-day event begins.  The team, which placed fourth at the ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes 4th at Big Tens

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes 4th at Big Tens

By Kieran Hampl

March 31, 2014


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The Illinois men’s gymnastics team placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Despite lofty preseason expectations, the No. 6 Illini were unable to put it together as a team, falling to No. 1 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State, and No. 8 Penn State. Michigan took home the ...

Illini struggle to the top futile as Hawkeyes dominate

By Kieran Hampl

March 17, 2014


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With time in the regular season running out, the No. 6 Illinois men’s gymnastics team was unable to get the job done this weekend, placing second in its last meet of the regular season at Nebraska.  The Illini put up a score of 434.850, which placed ahead of No. 5 Minnesota, No. 10 Air Force and No...

Illini handle UIC on senior day

Illini handle UIC on senior day

By Kieran Hampl

March 10, 2014


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Despite not having top gymnast, sophomore C.J. Maestas, the No. 7 Illini easily defeated No. 13 University of Illinois at Chicago 427.850-401.900 on senior day. Maestas, who suffered a season-ending tricep injury last year, was rested because of his intense schedule in recent weeks. Because of the W...

Illini men’s gymnastics celebrates senior night

By Kieran Hampl

March 6, 2014


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For the No. 6 Illinois men’s gymnastics team, the week of rest has allowed for a refinement of some skills heading into the final stretch of the season. Before the final push in the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, the Illini will host their last home meet of the season, which will be the last of th...

Illini men’s gymnastics wrap up competition at Winter Cup

Illini men’s gymnastics wrap up competition at Winter Cup

By Kieran Hampl

February 25, 2014


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None of the five Illinois men’s gymnasts who traveled to last weekend’s Winter Cup qualified for a spot on the U.S. national team. Only three Illini managed to reach event finals. Freshman Chandler Eggleston, sophomore C.J. Maestas and junior Mike Wilner qualified for the finals on Saturday, despite su...

Illini gymnasts look to earn berth on national team

By Kieran Hampl

February 20, 2014


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All year it has been about the team for the Illinois men’s gymnastics program and making a run at the end of the season during the Big Ten and NCAA championships.  That is not the case this weekend for the five Illini who will be competing in the Winter Cup in Las Vegas for a chance to claim a spot ...

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