Blue Wins for Second-Straight Year
Men & Women to debut in Huff Hall Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m.
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
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)
All-American on pommel horse (2012)
2013 // Junior
Won the pommel horse title against Nebraska ... Competed in nine meets, exclusively on the pommel horse ... Posted runner-up finishes at UIC and California ... Posted a season-best pommel horse score of 14,800 at the Windy City Invitational.
2012 // Sophomore
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.
2011 // Freshman
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 surfing, wakeboarding, motocross and snowboarding ... Past summer job includes working as a stuntman ... Biggest thrill in sports is hitting a routine in competition and running up to the team... 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 every day for 15 years and were always there for me" ... After college, he is going to continue his career as a Hollywood stuntman and work in the movie industry.
Mason's Career Highs
Pommel Horse: 15.100 (vs. Penn State, 2/19/11)