#7 Illini Defeat #13 UIC
March 8, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team dominated UIC this weekend 427.850-401.900 in Champaign, Ill. at Huff Hall. It was a record setting night for the team, many of whom broke personal and season records. The Illini also celebrated Senior Day and honored Margolis, Mason, Rogers, Smith and Varga after the meet.
"This was my first recruiting class, and [the seniors] will be greatly missed," said head coach Justin Spring They are good people and good athletes."
The Orange and Blue started the afternoon on floor, where, as a team, they scored 66.850. Fred Hartville paced the Illini, taking the event title with a 14.250. He was followed closely by Taylor Smith who scored a career high of 14.050.
In the second rotation, the Illini scored 72.700 on pommel horse, led by Cole Smith and his season high of 14.900. Smith took home the title but teammate Chad Mason was not far behind. Mason scored 14.800 to tie for second with UIC's Lukasz Adamczyk.
The Fighting Illini also had a record night on still rings. Joey Peters set a season best for the title (14.950), and the Illini took home all of the top five spots. Andrew Margolis broke his season high with a score of 14.500, and Cameron Rogers tied his high of 14.700.
In the following rotation, Illinois scored a total of 74.600 on vault. Chandler Eggleston set a personal best on the apparatus (15.400), and was followed closely by Fred Hartville (15.150). Tom Gibbs tied his season best of 14.800, Alex Varga tied his season best (14.750), and Rogers set a new personal season high (14.500).
High bar was dominated by the Illini, who took home four of the top five spots. Jordan Valdez won the title with a score of 14.850 and Eggleston came in second with 14.700. Logan Bradley set a career best on the apparatus with a 13.600.
The Illini will return to action next week at the quad meet hosted by Nebraska on March 15 at 4 p.m. CT. The meet will also feature Air Force, Minnesota and Iowa.