Illinois finished sixth in team finals; Peters earned All-America recognition in all-around
Three Illini earn All-America honors during event finals
Illinois will look to defend its title tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CT
April 19-21, 2013 // University Park, Pa. // Recreation Building
Illinois will compete in team finals Friday, event finals Saturday
Photos from 2013 student-athlete graduates from various sports. (photos by Derek Neal, May 10, 2013).
The No. 6 Illini suffered a 425.400-424.250 loss to No. 11 Nebraska on March 23.
Illinois fell short to Iowa 428.45-428.40.
The Illini took down Minnesota, 21-9, in a match play meet on March 8, 2013.
NCAA All-American (High Bar, 2012)
Visa Championships (13th on High Bar, 2011)
New Jersey State Champion (All-Around, 2006-08)
Regional Champion (All-Around, 2008)
Junior Olympics National Championships (11th in All-Around, 2008)
Earned All-America honors for finishing second on high bar at the NCAA Championships ... Won the high bar title against Nebraska ... Competed at 13 meets ... Competed on high bar at 13 meets, parallel bars at 11 meets, still rings at nine meets, floor exercise at three meets and pommel horse and vault at one meet ... Posted three top-three finishes on parallel bars ... Recorded two top-five finishes on rings ... Set a career-high rings score (15.150) against Penn State.
Redshirt Junior 2012
Earned All-America honors on high bar at NCAA Championships after advancing to event finals... Advanced to Big Ten Championships high bar final... Placed first on parallel bars against Ohio State and on high bar at Iowa... Posted 15 top-five finishes... Replaced his career high on parallel bars in meet against Ohio State.
Redshirt Sophomore 2011
Competed in 11 meets after missing all of the 2010 season with a knee injury ... Won event titles on rings and high bar against UIC ... Recorded eight top-five finishes ... Set new career highs on rings, parallel bars and high bar ... Earned his first-career Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honor for the week of March 28 ... Voted Most Improved and a 2011-12 team captain by his teammates.
Sat out season as a redshirt due to injury.
Competed in the all-around in four meets ... Scored 14.550 on the high bar for second-place finishes against Iowa and Minnesota ... Finished in third place twice in the all-around versus Ohio State and Penn State ... Missed the Big Ten Championships due to injury.
At the 2008 Junior Olympic National Championships, finished 11th place in the All-Around ... Graduate of St. Joseph Regional High School ... Three-time New Jersey state champion ... Regional champion in the all-around.
Born Austin Phillips on April 10, 1990 ... Son of Austin and Gidget Phillips ... Hobbies include listening to music and playing soccer ... Favorite athlete is Nikolai Kryukov because he's very technically, original, and graceful ... Names his parents as most influential in his career because of their encouragement to strive for his best.
Phillips' Career Highs
Floor Exercise: 14.350 (vs. Iowa, 2/28/09)
Pommel Horse: 13.800 (vs. Penn State, 2/14/09)
Still Rings: 15.150 (vs. Penn State, 3/2/13)
Vault: 14.300 (vs. Penn State, 2/14/09)
Parallel Bars: 15.100 (vs. Ohio State, 3/2/12)
High Bar: 15.100 (vs. UIC, 3/26/11)
All-Around: 85.450 (vs. Ohio State, 1/24/09)