March 5, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa -
The sixth-ranked Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team shattered their previous season-high team score, posting a NCAA season-high 217.600, edging eighth-ranked Iowa's season-high 214.400 at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Orange and Blue captured three of six events and had four individual event winners to improve to 10-2 and 7-2 in the Big Ten heading into the final week of the regular season.
"We have been training really well and we have been gaining a lot of confidence," head coach Yoshi Hayasaki said. "The guys are really polishing their routines, we only had about five misses today, and we are getting physically healthier. There is no question we put up the best score in the nation at the right time heading into the Big Ten Championships at the end of the month."
In the first rotation, senior Ted Brown earned a season-high 9.200 to capture the pommel horse title and help lead the lllini to a season-high 34.350 on the event.
The Illini won the floor exercise and recorded a season-high team score of 37.350. Sophomore Tyler Yamauchi bested his season-high by half a point, turning in a 9.550 to finish second. Following the sophomore were senior Justin Spring (9.400) and fellow sophomore Wesley Haagensen (9.350) in third and fourth, respectively.
From there the Illini moved on to vault were they posted a 36.350 and Yamauchi tied for first place with a 9.300 to equal his season-high set last week at Illinois-Chicago.
Illinois posted a 35.900 on rings lead by Haagensen's third place 9.200 showing. Yamauchi (9.050) and sophomore Jon Drollinger (8.950) followed finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Illini trailed 143.950 to 144.400 heading into the final two rotations. On high bar, Illinois stepped it up recording a season-high 37.500 topping their previous high of 36.150. 2004 NCAA high bar champion Spring notched a season-high 9.650 to take the title. Sophomore Ross Bradley followed in second place with a career-high 9.600.
Illinois' clinched the victory with an impressive showing on parallel bar posting a 36.150. Spring showed why he is ranked first in the nation on the p-bars, earning a 9.650, his second highest score on the event this season, to secure his second event title of the day. Fellow senior Adam Pummer followed with a season-high 9.400 second place showing.
Iowa senior Michael Reavis, who along with Illinois' Spring was named to the USA Senior National Team in February took home the all-around title with a season-high 55.000 to edge out Haagensen's 54.000.
The Illini honor the senior class Saturday, March 11 when they take on Army at Huff Hall. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Sunday's Final Team Results
FX PH SR VT PB HB Illinois 37.350 34.350 35.900 36.350 36.150 37.500 217.600 Iowa 37.000 34.550 35.950 36.900 33.45036.550 214.400