2000-01: Was named the Most Outstanding Gymnast at the end of the year banquet ... Received Academic All-Ameican second team honors ... Earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year by finishing sixth in the all-around finals with a 54.075. Was one spot shy of earning All-American status on rings when he finshed seventh with an 9.325 ... Scored a season-high 9.15 on floor during the NCAA Team Preliminaries ... Named to the All-Big Ten team by finishing fourth in the all-around with a 53.05 as well as taking fourth on pommel horse (9.30) and rings (9.45) ... Also placed second on pommel horse in the Big Ten Event finals, scoring a 9.125 ... Placed first in the all-around with a 52.80 and on still rings with a 9.45 as well as second on floor and third on parallel bars at the Santa Barbara Invitational ... Scored a 54.35 in the all-around for top honors while also winning rings with a 9.45 in the home finale against Iowa ... At Stanford/Arizona State, won high bar with a season-high 9.20 and all-around with a 52.35 ... Recorded three first at the UCLA Invite on all-around (52.60), pommel horse (9.35) and vault (9.25) ... In a home meet against Illinois-Chicago, won the all-around with a 51.35 and also won pommel horse with a 9.05 and vault with a season-high 9.30 ... Placed first in the all-around with a 53.90 and on floor with a 9.15 while taking fourth on rings and high bar against Ohio State ... Tied for first place on high bar with a 9.00 and placed fifth on floor with a 8.70 at Michigan State/Illinois-Chicago ... Posted a 9.40 on still rings for first place at No. 1 Michigan ... Took first on rings with a 9.20, second on floor (9.00) and third on high bar (8.70) while finishing second in the all-around vs. Minnesota ... Won the all-around competition at the Windy City Invitational.
Meet AA FX PH SR VT PB HB Windy City 51.25 8.70 8.05 8.55 9.15 8.00 8.80 Minnesota 51.60 9.00 7.80 9.20 8.70 8.20 8.70 @ Michigan 50.70 8.50 7.90 9.40 8.75 8.30 7.85 @ MSU/UIC 50.65 8.70 7.55 8.55 8.80 8.05 9.00 Ohio State 52.90 9.15 8.25 9.35 8.80 8.45 8.90 UIC 51.35 8.90 9.05 8.85 9.30 7.75 8.85 @ UCLA 52.60 7.90 9.35 9.45 9.25 7.80 8.85 @ Stan/ASU 52.35 8.80 7.85 9.35 8.85 8.30 9.20 Iowa 54.35 9.15 8.75 9.45 9.25 8.70 9.05 @ UCSB 52.80 9.00 8.50 9.45 8.15 8.95 8.75 @ Big Tens 53.05 9.05 9.30 9.45 8.90 7.50 8.85 @ Big Ten Event Finals -- 9.125 8.725 -- -- 8.70 @ NCAAs 52.85 9.15 8.80 9.20 8.90 8.10 8.70 @ NCAA All- Around Finals 54.075 9.10 9.00 9.25 9.175 8.60 8.95 @ NCAA Event Finals -- -- 9.325 -- -- --
1999-2000: Earned first All-American award with sixth-place finish in the all-around finals at nationals along with teammate Travis Romangoli (the first time since 1955 that two Illinois gymnasts have ranked in the top-six in the all-around at NCAAs) … Placed eighth on vault with a 9.50 at the NCAA Championships, two spots shy of All-American status … Held team’s top scores on floor (9.80) and pommel horse (9.725) … Made the event finals at the Big Ten Championships on floor, still rings and parallel bars, placing sixth with a 9.5875 on p-bars and seventh on floor … Placed 11th in all-around with a 56.150 at Big Ten Championships … Earned the top spot in the all-around (57.00) and on rings (9.70) and pommel horse (9.35) at UIC … Named Big Ten Gymnast of the Week for his performance at UIC…Took second in the all-around and third on floor and vault with scores of 9.775 and 9.45, respectively, at the Windy City Invite…Won vault with a 9.50 while taking second in pommel horse and all-around versus Michigan State…Placed third on parallel bars in a dual with Penn State…Tied a personal best on rings with a 9.70 against Michigan…Broke a personal best on floor at Iowa with a 9.80…Also won the all-around at that meet… Took fourth in the all-around at the Santa Barbara Invitational and scored a 9.80 on parallel bars tying a career-high and placing second … Also placed third on floor with a 9.65 … Earned Academic All-District honors as well as Academic All-Big Ten.
1998-99: Placed seventh in the all-around at the NCAA Championships, one spot shy of all-american status, with a score of 57.40 Also placed seventh on rings in the NCAA event finals of the Championships Had career meet at the NCAA East Regionals placing second in the all-around with a personal best 57.80 to qualify for the NCAA Championships Final rankings for the season was 19th on floor, eighth in parallel bars, 18th on high bar and ninth in the all-around Set new career-highs on pommel horse (9.675), tied rings (9.70), parallel bars (9.80) and high bar (9.750) at the regionals Earned all-Big Ten honors after placing sixth in the all-around with a score of 56.925 at the Big Ten Championships Also made the Big Ten event finals on parallel bars and finished fourth with a 9.6875 Named the Big Ten Gymnast of the week following his performance at California Placed first on high bar and rings with a marks of 9.45 on both events at Santa Barbara Won the all-around with a career score of 57.525 against the defending national champion California Bears squad Also in same meet he won the still rings with a mark of 9.675 and placed second on floor and third on high bar
Finished with a 57.40 for second in the all-around, including a career-high first-place score of 9.70 on rings against the No. 2 Buckeyes Also in the OSU meet had a mark on pommel horse of 9.60 and score of 9.65 on parallel bars Scored a 56.30 in the all-around for second place vs. Minnesota Also won the still rings with a 9.60 and finished second on floor and parallel bars in same meet Placed second in the all-around at Penn State, while also finishing third on high bar with a score of 9.60 Runner-up in the all-around at UIC with a 55.90 Also at UIC, finished second on the parallel bars and high bar with a career-high score of 9.650 in both events Placed second on floor with a 9.550 and fourth in the all-around vs. fourth-ranked Iowa Had a mark of 9.350 on pommel horse for fifth place at the same meet Scored a 55.225 in the all-around competition, good enough for second place at Michigan State Also won the floor excercise with a score of 9.675 at the same meet Turned in a 9.50 on the high bar for seventh place at Michigan Placed in the top 10 in the all-around competition at the Windy City Invitational with a 55.35 and scored a 9.60 on the high bar.
1997-98: Competed at every meet for the Illini Placed 14th on the high bar at the Big Ten Championships Had best meet at the Windy City Invitational, where he set three career-highs on the pommel horse (9.0), parallel bars (9.35) and all-around (54.45) Placed ninth in the all-around at the 1998 Canadian National Championships.
High School: Placed seventh in the all-around at the 1997 Canadian National Championships . . . Placed fourth in the all-around at the Canada Winter Games in '95 Finished sixth in the all-around at the Elite Ontario Junior Championships in '96 Competed in the World Trials competition in 1997 Received Excellence in Mathematics certificates as a freshman and sophomore in high school Member of the Sport Seneca gymnastics club program.
Personal: Gentaro Leo Oka was born on May 6, 1977 Parents are Eizo and Tsaneko Oka Majoring in business administration.