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Illinois women's gymnastics looking to rise above .500 against Penn State

Lizzy LeDuc on the balance beam during the match against Michigan at Huff Hall on January 22, 2016. Michigan won 196.825 to 195.15.

By Tyler Fedak

January 27, 2016

Jacob Lee has ramped the Illinois women’s gymnastics team’s practices this week.Illinois has racked up early-season losses against Missouri and Michigan, and a win against Rutgers.ss The coaches are running multiple lineups a week to make sure the gymnasts can perform in the high-stress environment t...

Illini of the Week 4/22: Giana O’Connor

Gianna O'Connor has finished out her junior season with an All-American performance at the NCAA Championships.

April 22, 2015

One event stood in the way of Giana O’Connor and the end of her junior season on the Illinois women’s gymnastics team: the uneven bars. As an individual all-around competitor at NCAA Championships, O’Connor competed at the end of every rotation, following a team’s lineup. She was rotating with U...

Illinois women’s gymnastics trio compete at Nationals, O’Connor named All-American

Illinois' Giana O'Connor lifts off from the vault during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Illini won 195.775-195.375.

April 20, 2015

Three Illinois women’s gymnasts competed at the NCAA Championships on Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Sophomore Mary Jane Horth, junior Giana O’Connor and senior Sunny Kato all failed to place in the top three in their respective events, but head coach Kim Landrus ...

Three individuals to represent Illinois women’s gymnastics at Nationals

Illinois' Mary Jane Horth performs a routine on the balance beam during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on February 7. The Illini won 195.775-195.375.

April 16, 2015

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team won’t be competing at the NCAA Championships for the first time in three years, but three of its gymnasts will. Head coach Kim Landrus wanted her team to qualify but knows having three of her gymnasts advance as individuals — more than any other program that ...

Naleway finishing her time as “mom” for the Illinois women’s gymnastics team

Senior Gymnast Jordan Naleway, the

April 15, 2015

Jordan Naleway earned her first varsity letter — commemorating her first collegiate season — at the 2012 Illinois gymnastics awards banquet. But that night, Naleway was also deemed the next “mom” of the women’s gymnastics team. Then-senior Hannah Welker had a gray “Illinois Mom” t-shirt ...

Illinois women’s gymnastics season ends at Morgantown Regional

Illinois' Sunny Kato performs a routine on the balance beam during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Illini won 195.775-195.375.

April 6, 2015

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team had been working toward one goal all season: a third-straight trip to NCAA Nationals. All Illinois had to do to make that dream a reality was finish in the top two at the Morgantown Regional on Saturday night. The Illini walked into the WVU Coliseum in Morganto...

Illinois women’s gymnastics to compete at Morgantown Regional

Illinois' Giana O'Connor performs a routine on the balance beam during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Illini won 195.775-195.375.

April 2, 2015

The No. 14 Illinois women’s gymnastics team has worked toward the goal of making a third-straight trip to nationals all season long, and the gymnasts can finally make that goal a reality at Saturday’s NCAA Regionals. On March 23, the Illini were selected to compete in the Morgantown Regional at th...

Illinois women’s gymnastics heads to Big Ten Championships

Illinois' Kelsi Eberly performs a routine on the floor during the match against Penn State at Huff Hall on February 1.

March 19, 2015

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team has concluded its regular season and is set to begin its postseason with the Big Ten Championships on Saturday at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coming off a first-place finish at the Big Five Meet last week, senior Kelsi Eberly knows her team is lo...

Foley and Hodan reunite with Illinois women’s gymnastics

Portrait of Bridget Hodan and Heather Foley 

March 17, 2015

Heather Foley was in Chicago for her 18th birthday — Aug. 15, 2012 — and in a couple of days, she would head down to Champaign to begin her freshman year of college. But that day ended up more than just a birthday. Foley checked her phone: she had a text from Bridget Hodan that read, “I committed...

Illinois women’s gymnastics takes first at Big Five Meet

Illinois' Giana O'Connor performs a routine on the balance beam during the meet against Minnesota at Huff Hall on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Illini won 195.775-195.375. O’Connor won the bars event title on Saturday with a score of 9.900.

March 16, 2015

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team finished first at Saturday’s Big Five Meet at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sophomore Mary Jane Horth said the win gives her team confidence heading into next weekend’s Big Ten Championships. “We definitely had awesome performances on all four even...

O’Connor ties Illinois all-around record, Weinstein returns

March 3, 2015

Junior Giana O’Connor checked her phone after leading the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to a second-place finish at the Masters Classic in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday afternoon. She had a congratulatory text message from former Illini gymnast Alina Weinstein. O’Connor had just tied Weinstei...

Illinois women’s gymnastics takes second at Masters Classic

Illinois women’s gymnastics takes second at Masters Classic

March 2, 2015

The No. 16 Illinois women’s gymnastics team failed to defeat two top-10 teams this weekend, but overall, junior Giana O’Connor still felt her team did well with the double-meet weekend, as the Illini had “really good” performances. To begin, Illinois faced No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday night at Huf...

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