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Illinois men’s gymnastics drop last meet of season.

Illinois' Jordan Valdez performs a routine on the parallel bars during the meet against Stanford at Huff Hall on Friday, March 6.The Illini lost 21-9.

By Daniel Collins

March 16, 2015

Going up against a top-five opponent has become a problem for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team. The Illini lost to the two-time defending NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines on Sunday by a score of 435.750-428.500 in Ann Arbor, Mich. While No. 3-ranked Illinois won five event titles on the night, it was ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics heads to Michigan for regular season finale

By Daniel Collins

March 13, 2015

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has one last meet to prepare for the Big Ten Championship later this month. The team wraps up its regular season on the road Sunday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, against the two-time defending national champion Wolverines. While head coach Justin Spring would have preferred a healthy squ...

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 ...

Freshman gymnasts to perform this weekend

By Daniel Collins

January 23, 2015

Illinois men's gymnastics head coach Justin Spring will be placing more freshmen into his lineup than he is accustomed to this weekend against Ohio State. Junior C.J. Maestas and freshman Bobby Baker will see limited action, if any, on Saturday due to spending the majority of the week training at the...

Illini of the Week Jan. 21: C.J. Maestas

C.J. Maestas, junior gymnast clinches 3 individual titles as Illini earn top spot at Windy City Invitational over two-time defending national champ Michigan.

By Daniel Collins

January 21, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down on Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. As one of the leaders and top performers on the Illinois men’...

Nationals-bound Illinois women’s gymnastics team takes on limitless mindset

Illinois’ Elizabeth McNabb performs her uneven bars routine during the meet against Michigan at Huff Hall on Feb. 7. The Illini lost 195.800-195.575.

April 17, 2014

In the sport of gymnastics, an athlete is judged on how perfect she can be. If she takes an extra step on a vault landing, there’s a deduction. If she wobbles during  a balance beam routine, there’s a deduction. If she doesn’t quite hit a handstand during an uneven bars routine, there’s a d...

Jordan Valdez’s journey to a national championship

Illini of the Week

By Kieran Hampl

April 16, 2014

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.  For Jordan Valdez, a trip to the NCAA individual finals was nothin...

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

Illinois’ Chad Mason performs his pommel horse routine at the NCAA national championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday. As a team, the Illini finished fourth out of six teams.

By Kieran Hampl

April 14, 2014

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

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...

Illinois women’s gymnastics advances to NCAA Nationals with 2nd-place finish at Minneapolis Regional

April 7, 2014

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team came into the Minneapolis Regional and seeded second for the first time in program history. As the team left the meet, it became the first Illini squad to advance to consecutive NCAA Championships. Illinois’ second-place score of a 196.600 at the Minneapolis Regional on Saturday sol...

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes 4th at Big Tens

Illini Chandler Eggleston performs the high bar routine against Ohio State at Huff Hall on Jan. 26.

By Kieran Hampl

March 31, 2014

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 ...