Two Future Illini Make Junior National Team; Ruggeri Makes Senior National Team
Ruggeri takes third on high bar, floor
Illini Just Miss Best-Ever Finish in All-Around Athletic Program Success
Ends day one in third on high bar, floor
Several 2012 Olympic Hopefuls Among Current and Former Illini
NCAA Champion (Vault 2012)
Nissen-Emery Award Winner (2012)
NCAA Team Champion (2012)
NCAA All-American (Vault, Parallel Bars 2012)
Big Ten Champion (Vault, Floor 2012)
First-team All-Big Ten
Visa Championships (Silver Medal on High Bar 2012, 7th in All-Around)
Gold Medal at Pan American Games (High Bar, 2011)
Silver Medal at Pan American Games (Parallel Bars, 2011)
Bronze Medal at Pan American Games (Team USA, 2011)
U.S. Senior National Team Member (2011)
Visa Championships (20th in All-Around, Eighth on Floor, 12th on Vault, 2011)
Bronze Medal at Japan Cup (Team USA, 2010)
Bronze Medal at Moscow World Stars (High Bar, 2010)
Big Ten Champion (Vault, High Bar 2010)
First-Team All-Big Ten (2010)
U.S. Senior National Team Member (2010)
U.S. Winter Cup (5th overall, 2010)
UI Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year Finalist (2010)
Academic All-Big Ten (2010)
Visa Championships (17th in All-Around, 12th on Vault, 2009)
U.S. National Champion (High Bar, 2009)
NCAA Champion (Parallel Bars, High Bar, 2009)
UI Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year (2009)
Big Ten Champion (Floor, Parallel Bars, 2009)
Academic All-Big Ten (2009)
NCAA Champion (High Bar, 2008)
All-American (Floor, Vault, High Bar, 2008)
Junior U.S. National Team Member (2006-07)
Junior Visa Championships Gold Medalist (Floor, High Bar, 2006)
Junior Visa Championships Bronze Medalist (Vault, All-Around, 2006)
Three-time finalist at Junior Olympics Nationals (All-Around, 2004-06)
Redshirt Senior 2012
Earned his fourth career national title overall and first on vault, scoring a 15.500 to match the school record, which he set two weeks prior at the 2012 Big Ten Championships ... Placed second on parallel bars at the NCAA Championships, garnering All-America honors on both events to end his Illini career as a nine-time All-American ... Took home the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award, given to the nation's top senior male gymnast, becoming Illinois' fourth honoree all-time ... Captured Big Ten titles on vault and floor at the conference championships, marking the fifth and sixth Big Ten crowns of his career ... Led the team this season with eight titles on vault and six on high bar ... Ended his career ranked third all-time at Illinois with 75 career titles ... Took home a bronze medal on floor at the U.S. Winter Cup Challenge to earn a place on the senior national team for the fifth time in his career... Named Most Outstanding by his teammates.
Redshirt Senior 2011
Represented Team USA at 2011 Pan Am Games in October, winning gold on high bar (15.650), silver on parallel bars (14.825) and bronze in the team competition ... Tied for bronze on high bar with a two-day total of 30.500 and took eighth on floor (29.900) and 10th on vault (31.000) to finish 20th in the all-around (167.350) at the 2011 Visa Championships in August ... Selected by committee to the U.S. senior national team following Visas.
Led team with seven individual event titles before being sidelined for the year with an ankle injury during Winter Cup ... Two-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week.
Captured Big Ten titles on vault and high bar ... First-team All-Big Ten ... Was named to the U.S. Senior National team for the first time in his career following his performance at the 2010 Winter Cup in early February ... Led team with career-best 20 individual titles ... Owns four school records under the FIG open ended code including vault (16.350), parallel bars (15.550), high bar (16.150) and all-around (90.450) ... Set new career highs on rings (14.600), vault (16.350), parallel bars (15.550) and high bar (16.150) ... Secured 29 top-three finishes ... Three-time Big Ten Gymnast of the Week ... Two-time NCAA Gymnast of the Week ... UI Dike Eddleman Male Athlete of the Year finalist ... CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Competed at the 2009 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships in August ... Placed 17th overall in the all-around with a two-day combined score of 170.300 and 31.050 on the vault to finish in 12th place.
NCAA National Champion on the high bar and parallel bars ... Big Ten Champion on the floor exercise and parallel bars ... Earned All-America honors in the all-around, floor, high bar and parallel bars ... All-Big Ten First Team selection ... U.S. National Champion on the high bar at the Winter Cup Challenge ... Co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Week (Feb. 9) ... Captured 13 event titles overall for the season ... Academic All-Big Ten ... UI Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year.
NCAA high bar national champion ... First national champion for Illinois since 2006 ... Earned three NCAA All-America honors, capturing a tie for fifth on the floor (15.375), fifth on vault (15.950) and first on high bar (15.00) ... Became first Illini Gymnast to win a national title in his first year of competition since 1960 ... Second-Team All-Big Ten selection ... Set career highs in back-to-back matches against Ohio State and Penn State ... Against Ohio State, Ruggeri had a career best on rings (13.850) and on high bar (15.500), taking two event titles on the floor and high bar ... Had a career best on the floor (15.700) and a season- high on the pommel horse (13.750), as well as capturing three individual titles on the floor, vault (16.050), and the high bar (14.750) in the meet against then-No. 1 Penn State ... Also achieved his season high in the all-around against Penn State (88.100) ... Garnered Big Ten and National Gymnast of the Week honors after the meet against Ohio State ... Competed in every meet for the Illini in 2008.
Graduate of Fayetteville Manlius High School ... Coached by Jim Luttinger at CNY Gymnastics Club ... At 2006 Visa Championships, took home the gold on the floor and high bar and the bronze on vault and in the all-around in the junior competition ... Junior U.S. National Team Member in 2006-07 ... At the 2007 Winter Cup competition, tied for second place on the floor and finished 12th in the all-around ... At the 2005 Junior Olympics Nationals, placed third on the floor ... Followed up the effort with a third-place finish on high bar and vault and a seventh-place outing on the floor at the 2006 JO Nationals ... A three-time all-around finalist at JO Nationals from 2004-06.
Born Paul Ruggeri III on Nov. 12, 1988 ... Son of Paul II and Kathryn Ruggeri ... Has a sister, Morgan, and a brother, Chris ... Hobbies include painting, drawing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing ... His biggest thrill in sports is achieving a new goal ... Past summer jobs include coaching at CNY gymnastics ... Two-time Academic All-American at Junior Olympic Nationals ... Member of the National and Science Honor Societies ... In art, has received the Silver Key and Gold Key awards and three honorable mentions for his portfolio from the Central New York Scholastic Art Association ... Plans to attend medical school after graduation ... The most influential person in his life is his grandfather, Paul Sr., because he came to the U.S. from Italy and created a whole new life for his family.
Ruggeri's Career Highs
Floor Exercise: 15.700 (vs. Penn State, 2/16/08)
Pommel Horse: 14.150 (vs. Ohio State, 1/24/09)
Still Rings: 14.600 (at Windy City Invitational, 1/16/10)
Vault: 16.350 (at Big Ten Championships, 4/3/10)
Parallel Bars: 15.550 (at Penn State, 2/20/10)
High Bar: 16.150 (vs. UIC, 3/20/10)
All-Around: 90.450 (at NCAA Team Qualifying, 4/16/09)