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Illinois men's gymnastics fails to place at NCAAs

By Daniel Collins

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 — sophomore Chandler Eggleston was ruled out for the year with a ruptured patella tendon and junior F...

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 Ivankov. The routine had won him the national high bar title. While he is an all-around competitor...

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 at State College, Pennsylvania, over the weekend. During team finals on Friday, senior Jordan Valdez got the ...

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 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

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

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...

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.

By Daniel Collins

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 struggled in the final events of dual meets. But the cause isn’t clear to Spring. “It’s not like t...

Gymnastics wins in Windy City

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

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...

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...

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.

By Kieran Hampl

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 scheduled for Wednesday, before the three-day event begins.  The team, which placed fourth at the ...

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