#4 Illinois Travels to #9 Iowa on Friday
Feb. 6, 2014
The fourth-ranked Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team will travel to Iowa City, Iowa this weekend to take on No. 9 Iowa this Friday at 7 p.m. CT. The Illini lead the all-time series against Iowa 142-80, and have continued their success this season, beating the Hawkeyes at the Windy City Invitational.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Iowa has only competed in two meets this season, the first being the Windy City Invitational, where they came in fifth with a score of 417.700. Individually, the Hawkeyes had seven top-ten finishes, the highest being Jack Boyle coming in second in the all-around (83.100). Iowa traveled to Oklahoma last week where they fell to the Sooners 444.300-430.600. Individually, Mitchell Landau and Jack Boyle edged out Oklahoma in high bar (15.200) and in the all-around (83.400), respectively. Friday's meet will be the first big ten dual for Iowa.
ILLINI IN THE RANKINGS
The Illini are ranked fourth in the national team rankings with an average score of 432.400 and fifth in the coaches poll. Illinois holds positions in the top ten of all six events, coming in at No. 2 on vault (73.683), No. 3 on floor exercise (73.200) and high bar (70.983), No. 4 on still rings (73.367), No. 5 on pommel horse (71.033), and No. 7 on parallel bars (70.333).
Individually, Chandler Eggleston is No. 1 on vault with a score of 15.217. Eggleston is also ranked No. 3 on floor exercise (15.300) and No. 16 on high bar (14.250). Jordan Valdez also holds a top spot on parallel bars (15.333), and the tenth spot on high bar (14.900). C.J. Maestas holds the three spot on rings (15.650), and is tied for 18th on floor (14.650). Fred Hartville rounds out the Illini in top five slots, sitting at No. 3 on vault (15.100). Overall, the Illini hold eleven spots on the top-20 lists.
LAST TIME OUT
The Fighting Illini traveled to Minnesota to take on the Gophers and Huskers this past weekend. Illinois came out of the tri-meet in second with a score of 432.700. As a team, the Illini won on pommel horse (70.150), still rings (75.100), and high bar (71.900). Individually, Illinois gymnasts won each event except for parallel bars. Chandler Eggleston took home the floor (15.450) and vault (15.200) titles, Matt Foster won on pommel horse (14.550), Jordan Valdez took the high bar title (15.350) and C.J. Maestas broke the Illinois still rings record, previously held by teammate Mike Wilner, with a score of 16.050.
BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Chandler Eggleston was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 27 after capturing the vault and floor exercise titles against Minnesota and Nebraska, putting his career titles at seven. Additionally, Eggleston placed fourth on high bar with a score of 14.500. This marks the first Illini men's gymnast to be named Freshman of the Week in four consecutive weeks.
The Illini return to action next weekend in University Park, Pa. to take on Penn State at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday Feb. 15.