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Illinois men's gymnast Diab named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week

Illinois men's gymnast Diab named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week

By James Boyd

March 24, 2016

During February's Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Illinois men's gymnastics Alex Diab competed alongside C.J. Maestas — a former Illini who holds many spots in the program's record bookFollowing the competition, Diab said the experience would have a great impact on the rest of his season.Since ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics falls in preliminaries, Maestas grabs high bars title

Illinois men’s gymnastics falls in preliminaries, Maestas grabs high bars title

April 13, 2015

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team made history this weekend at the NCAA Championships, failing to advance to the team finals for the first time since 2002. But despite a series of injuries, the team exited Norman, Oklahoma, with an individual national champion. Illinois suffered its first blow before t...

Illinois men’s gymnastics to compete at NCAA Championships

Illinois men’s gymnastics to compete at NCAA Championships

April 9, 2015

Head coach Justin Spring is confident that his No. 5-ranked Illinois men’s gymnastics team has enough talent to make a strong run at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Norman, Oklahoma. For him, the two biggest factors that will determine the Illini’s fate are execution and overcoming nerves...

Illini men’s gymnastics falls short at Big Ten Championships

Illini men’s gymnastics falls short at Big Ten Championships

March 30, 2015

Three individual event title wins for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team helped relieve the sting of finishing in second place (436.700-436.100) behind Penn State in the team finals at the Big Ten Championships at State College, Pennsylvania, over the weekend. During team finals on Friday, senior Jordan Valdez got the ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics receives first loss and learning lesson

By Daniel Collins

March 2, 2015

The No. 2 Illinois men’s gymnastics meet against No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday was dubbed “The Perfect Dual.” Both teams entered with records of 10-0, but things went far from perfect for the Illini in Norman, Oklahoma Illinois trailed the entire competition in its 457.300-434.200 defeat. The floor...

Illini top Iowa in record-breaking performance

Illini top Iowa in record-breaking performance

By Daniel Collins

February 9, 2015

When senior Jordan Valdez flipped off the high bar and stuck his landing in the last event of the Illinois men’s gymnastics meet against Iowa on Saturday, he not only recorded a career-high score of 15.600, but he also cemented the highest team score in history as well. The Illini were not immediat...

New event format to be used in Illinois, Minnesota meet

By Daniel Collins

January 29, 2015

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team will compete in a different event format this weekend against Minnesota. In a typical dual meet, the two squads don’t compete in the same event at the same time and don’t compete in the events in the same order. Illinois head coach Justin Spring said this format m...

Illinois men’s gymnastics edges Buckeyes despite weakened lineup

By Daniel Collins

January 26, 2015

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team proved to have depth in its 434.400-431.300 win over Ohio State. Due to extensive training with the national team the week prior to the meet, head coach Justin Spring decided to limit the events of junior C.J. Maestas and freshman Bobby Baker. Neither competed for the a...

Gymnastics wins in Windy City

Gymnastics wins in Windy City

By Daniel Collins

January 20, 2015

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

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...