The Illini men and women will take on Iowa on Saturday at 4 p.m. for Gym Jam.
Feb. 12, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's and women's gymnastics teams will host their annual Gym Jam meet, presented by FOX 55/27, this Saturday at Huff Hall. The reigning national champion and 7th-ranked Illini men and No. 21 Illinois women will square off with Iowa at 4 p.m. CT.
The meet will feature free food and an Illini gymnastics water bottle for each of the first 500 fans in attendance and will also include games, prizes, face painting and post-meet autographs. Admission is free.
The men's team will kick off its home slate this weekend after going 5-3-1 to start the season with a win over UIC, a runner-up finish at the Windy City invite and a third-place showing at the Metroplex Challenge. Freshman Joey Peters leads the team with three all-around titles and a win on parallel bars. The newcomer earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 28, following a stellar all-around victory at the Metroplex Challenge, and is currently ranked third in the nation in the all-around. As a team, Illinois is ranked second on rings and fifth on pommel horse.
The women's team will look to stay undefeated at Huff Hall after defeating Michigan State at home earlier this season. The Illini are coming off a season-high performance, scoring a 196.350 against Minnesota. Senior Alina Weinstein, who has captured a team-high six individual titles thus far, tied Allison Buckley's Illinois record for highest all-around score (39.550) and is the reigning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week. In all, eight gymnasts tied and recorded new season-high scores last weekend and will look to continue the upward trend this Saturday.