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Illinois’ Diab named Big Ten still rings champion

Alex Diab at his practice.

By James Boyd

April 5, 2016

BY Tweet: [email protected]’s @alex_diab10 is our #IOTW after being named Big Ten still rings champion. #IlliniJames BoydStaff WriterHis teammates call him a dad. His school calls him an Illini. The Big Ten calls him a still rings champion.Following a weekend in which the Illinois men’s gymnastics team cam...

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 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...

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...

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...

The pommel crew’s relationship out of the gym has allowed them to shine during competitions

Matt Foster performs the pommel horse routine against Ohio State at Huff Hall on Jan. 26.

By Kieran Hampl

April 10, 2014

For the Illinois men’s gymnastics team, the pommel crew, as they like to call themselves, goes beyond being one of best components in the fifth-ranked Illini lineup.  Most gymnasts on the team compete in multiple events in each competition and have to spend practice time preparing accordingly. Soph...

Illini struggle to the top futile as Hawkeyes dominate

By Kieran Hampl

March 17, 2014

With time in the regular season running out, the No. 6 Illinois men’s gymnastics team was unable to get the job done this weekend, placing second in its last meet of the regular season at Nebraska.  The Illini put up a score of 434.850, which placed ahead of No. 5 Minnesota, No. 10 Air Force and No...

No. 5 Illini fall to No. 7 Penn State

By Kieran Hampl

February 18, 2014

The No. 5 Illinois men’s gymnastics team came up short last weekend against No. 7 Penn State, losing 436.050 to 431.150, which came as a surprise after a strong week of practice for the Illini. “This result was completely unexpected with the way we’ve been building in practice,” head coach J...