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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.
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...

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

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...

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...

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...

Freshman gymnasts to perform this weekend

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...

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.
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...

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...

Jordan Valdez’s journey to a national championship

Illini of the Week
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...

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.
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...

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...

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...

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.
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...

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