April 19-21, 2013 // University Park, Pa. // Recreation Building
Illinois will compete in team finals Friday, event finals Saturday
Phillips, Mason win their first event titles of season
Illinois will honor seniors Brown, Mori, Phillips, Smurro prior to Saturday's meet
Smurro, Peters won event titles
The No. 6 Illini suffered a 425.400-424.250 loss to No. 11 Nebraska on March 23.
Competed in seven Junior Olympics National Championships
Five-time event finalist at JO Nationals (Pommel Horse)
Earned NCAA All-America status on pommel horse... Competed in nine meets on that event, including NCAA and Big Ten even finals... Captured three top-five finishes... Set a new career best on pommel horse during NCAA Team Finals, helping the Illini post a two-point comebak to take the national tite... Won the pommel horse title during NCAA prelims.
Competed in 11 meets on pommel horse ... Won his first-career event title on pommel horse with a career-high score of 15.100 against Penn State.
Seven-time qualifier to Junior Olympics National Championships ... Five-time event finalist on pommel horse at JO National Championships ... Won numerous state and regional championships in the all-around.
Born Chad Thomas Mason on March 23, 1991 ... Son of Tom and Lisa Mason ... Has one older sister, Katie ... Enrolled in general curriculum ... Hobbies include working as a part-time ice curler, surfing, wakeboarding, motocross and snowboarding ... Past summer job includes working as a stuntman ... Biggest thrill in sports is learning a new skill ... Lists Justin Spring as his favorite athlete because he is very motivating ... Names his parents as most influencing his athletic career because "they drove me to the gym everyday for 14 years and were always there for me" ... Would like to open a stunt school after graduation.
Mason's Career Highs
Pommel Horse: 15.100 (vs. Penn State, 2/19/11)