Two Future Illini Make Junior National Team; Ruggeri Makes Senior National Team
Nissen-Emery Award Winner (2010)
All-American (Pommel Horse, 2010)
U.S. Winter Cup (9th on High Bar, 13th on Pommel Horse, 2010)
Fighting Illini Male Spirit Award Winner (2010)
Academic All-Big Ten (2010)
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award (2010)
Visa Championships Gold Medalist (Pommel Horse, 2009)
Big Ten Champion (Pommel Horse, 2009)
Academic All-Big Ten (2008-09)
CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2008-10)
IHSA Champion (Pommel Horse, 2006)
IHSA Runner-Up (All-Around, 2006)
Third Illini to win the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the nation's top senior male gymnast ... Earned his first-career All-America honor with a fourth-place finish on pommel horse (14.575) ... Set new career highs on all five events he competed on including floor exercise (15.450), pommel horse (15.800), vault (15.650), parallel bars (14.550) and high bar (14.750) ... Topped his previous career best with five event titles including four on pommel horse and one on floor ... Tied with Daniel Ribeiro for team-best score on pommel horse (15.800) for the year ... Score also ranks third all-time under the FIG open ended code ... Posted 15 top-three finishes ... Team captain ... Fighting Illini Male Spirit Award winner ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Competed at the 2009 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships in August ... Won the gold medal on the pommel horse with a two-day combined score of 30.650.
Big Ten Champion on the pommel horse (15.275) ... All-Big Ten first team selection ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree ... Posted 11 top-two finishes on the floor exercise and pommel horse ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Competed in every meet for the Illini ... Captured four straight top-three finishes on pommel horse ... Academic All-Big Ten Selection ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Opened his debut season recovering from an early injury ... Upon his return, became a mainstay in the lineup on pommel horse and high bar ... Set a team and career high on pommel horse with a score of 9.100 at the NCAA Qualifier ... Only Illini to qualify for the Big Ten Event Finals on pommel horse ... Had four top-three finishes on pommel horse throughout the season.
During his senior year at Warren Township, carded six top-10 finishes at state, four top-10 finishes at the Region 5 Championship and took the crown on the pommel horse, while finishing second in the all-around competition at the Illinois state championships ... Finished third on the floor exercise and tabbed eighth on the pommel horse at the Midwest Regional Championships ... At the national level, finished 13th and 18th on the floor exercise and the all-around ... With his all-around finish at Regionals, punched his ticket onto the Midwest Regional team that finished second at the national competition ... Trained with the Ultimate Gymnastics Club in Gurnee, Ill., where he led his team to a bronze-medal finish at the Illinois state championships during his senior year ... Has been coached by Jon Klemens and Raul Rodriguez.
Born Robert Luke Stannard on Sept. 13, 1987 ... Son of Clint, who works in transportation, and Diane Stannard, a retired teacher and guidance counselor ... Has one sister, Sarah ... Past jobs include coaching at Ultimate Gymnastics ... Hobbies include listening to music, watching movies and playing sports ... Names Lance Armstrong as his favorite athlete ... Credits his coach, Raul Rodriguez, for being the most influential person in his athletic career because he was a former Illini and taught him everything he needed to know about the sport and what it would take to be an Illini gymnast.
Stannard's Career Highs
Floor Exercise: 15.450 (vs. UIC, 3/20/10)
Pommel Horse: 15.800 (vs. Michigan, 3/13/10)
Vault: 15.750 (at NCAA Championships, 4/15/10)
Parallel Bars: 14.550 (at Penn State, 2/20/10)
High Bar: 14.750 (vs. UIC, 3/20/10)