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O’Connor injured, Illinois women’s gymnastics place fourth in Big Five Meet

By Tyler Fedak

March 13, 2016

Tweet: @IlliniWGym Buchanan brings home two titles from Big Five Meet #IlliniA week before the Big Ten Championships, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team got a taste of conference competition at the Big Five Meet in Columbus, Ohio.EJThe Illini led off the meet with strong performances on beam and floo...

Illini women's gymnastics peaks at Big Tens, fails to reach Nationals

By Ashley Wijangco

May 10, 2015

The Illinois women's gymnastics team had one target all season long: to place in the top 10 at NCAA Championships. The Illini failed to reach that goal, but sophomore Mary Jane Horth felt the season still went wellmp."We put together some great meets this season and had a lot of learning experiences," Hort...

Illinois women’s gymnastics to compete at Morgantown Regional

Illinois' Giana O'Connor performs a routine on the balance beam during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Illini won 195.775-195.375.

April 2, 2015

The No. 14 Illinois women’s gymnastics team has worked toward the goal of making a third-straight trip to nationals all season long, and the gymnasts can finally make that goal a reality at Saturday’s NCAA Regionals. On March 23, the Illini were selected to compete in the Morgantown Regional at th...

Illinois women’s gymnastics takes first at Big Five Meet

Illinois' Giana O'Connor performs a routine on the balance beam during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Illini won 195.775-195.375. O’Connor won the bars event title on Saturday with a score of 9.900.

March 16, 2015

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team finished first at Saturday’s Big Five Meet at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sophomore Mary Jane Horth said the win gives her team confidence heading into next weekend’s Big Ten Championships. “We definitely had awesome performances on all four even...

Illinois women’s gymnastics comes through for win over Minnesota

Illinois’ Mary Jane Horth performs a routine on the uneven parallel bars during the meet against Minnesota on Saturday.

February 9, 2015

Two falls on the balance beam weren’t enough to deter the No. 14-ranked Illinois women’s gymnastics team from achieving a 195.775-195.375 win over No. 25 Minnesota on Saturday night at Huff Hall. Junior Giana O’Connor was the lead-off on beam. Right before her dismount, she fell during her leap-...

Illinois women’s gymnastics looks to grab win over Minnesota

Illinois' Jordan Naleway performs a routine on the floor during the match against Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday, February 1, 2015.

February 5, 2015

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team is coming off its best meet of the season thus far, but the gymnasts are still focused on improving for Saturday’s home meet against Minnesota. Despite scoring a season-high in last weekend’s win at Huff Hall, the Illini still made mistakes, so they aren’t s...

Sophomore Illinois women’s gymnasts overcome difficulties to make impact

Illinois' Mary Jane Horth performs a routine on the balance beam during the match against Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday, February 1, 2015.

February 3, 2015

Sophomore Erin Buchanan looked to her left while answering a question. She spotted her teammate and classmate Mary Jane Horth messing around on a men’s apparatus after a Tuesday practice. “What is she doing? P-bars?” Buchanan said with a laugh. Appropriately, Buchanan made the observation upon being...

Buchanan takes pride in relationship with her mother, a breast cancer survivor

Illinois' Erin Buchanan competes her floor exercise routine during the Gym Jam at Huff Hall on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

January 29, 2015

One white blood cell held the fate of Erin Buchanan’s heart and soul. The night before one of Erin’s biggest gymnastics meets of her junior year of high school, her mother, Jane, was rushed to the hospital. Jane just had her first chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and...

Illinois women’s gymnastics fails to break Michigan’s winning streak

January 26, 2015

The streak lives on. In Illinois’ case, however, that isn’t a good thing. The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sunday to take on conference rival No. 4 Michigan. The Illini entered the meet with hopes of ending their losing streak to the Wolverines, but ...

Women’s gymnasts win decisive season opener

January 20, 2015

Only one week separated the Illinois women’s gymnastics team’s season opener and home opener, but that didn’t stop the gymnasts from making significant gains in their 196.175-192.775, home-opening win over Rutgers. “They touched well, and went out and competed with confidence,” head coach Kim ...

Illinois women’s gymnastics has historic season

May 14, 2014

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team defined its season as “limitless” prior to its start, and that attitude paved the way to a year filled with breaking records and making history. Illinois opened its season with its highest season-opener score of a 195.325 in a victory over Michigan State on Jan....

Freshmen lead Illinois women’s gymnastics to 11th-place finish at nationals

April 21, 2014

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team failed to reach its season goal of placing in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The team placed 11th overall, but its final score of 195.800 marked the highest nationals score in program history. “We came ever so close to it,” head coach Kim Landrus ...

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