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Illinois men's gymnastics fails to place at NCAAs

May 10, 2015

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team started off the year 10-0, its best start since 2010, but finished with its worst performance at the NCAA Championships since 2002.Despite injuries early on —...

Illini of the Week April 15: C.J. Maestas

Illini of the Week April 15: C.J. Maestas
April 15, 2015

After completing his final routine for the Illinois men’s gymnastics team Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Norman, Oklahoma, senior C.J. Maestas was lifted up in celebration by assistant coach Ivan...

Illini men’s gymnastics falls short at Big Ten Championships

Illinois' Bobby Baker launches off the vault during the meet against Stanford at Huff Hall on Friday, March 6. The Illini lost 21-9.
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...

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 receives first loss and learning lesson

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...

Illini top Iowa in record-breaking performance

Illinois’ Jordan Valdez performs a routine on the high bar against Iowa at Huff Hall on Saturday. The Illini won 440.150-424.500.
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...

Illini men’s gymnastics looks to finish strong against Iowa

Illinois’ C.J. Maestas sticks his landing during the rings event at the gymnastics match vs. Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday. Illinois won 435.200-419.800.
February 5, 2015

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has gotten off to an 8-0 start, but head coach Justin Spring is not completely satisfied with his team’s performance. Since the start of the season, Illinois has...

Gymnastics wins in Windy City

C.J. Maestas performs the rings routine at the Orange and Blue Exhibition at Huff Hall on Dec. 7.
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...

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...

Illini men’s gymnastics hopes to bring home national title

Jordan Valdez performs the high bar routine against Ohio State at Huff Hall on Sunday, Jan. 26rd, 2014.
April 10, 2014

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...

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