Senior Chris Lung will compete in his final home meet of the season Saturday at Huff Hall.
March 5, 2009
#4 Illinois vs. #12 Illinois-Chicago
"Senior Day / 100 Seasons of Men's Gymnastics"
Saturday, March 7, 2009 // Huff Hall // Champaign, Ill. // 2 p.m. CT
The No. 4 Illinois men's gymnastics team hosts No. 12 UIC on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 2 p.m at Huff Hall. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season, as they previously met at the Windy City Invitational back on Jan. 17. In that match-up, the Illini finished second with a score of 342.250, while the Flames came in fifth with a team score of 327.700. Last weekend, the Illini posted it's highest team score of the season 353.000, in a victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes (337.500) at home.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
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LAST TIME OUT
The fifth-ranked Illinois men's gymnastics team posted it's season-high score in a dominating, 353.000-337.500, win over the 11th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, on Feb. 28 at Huff Hall. The Orange and Blue took four individual event titles with senior Ross Bradley winning high bar, junior Brian Liscovitz taking first on parallel bars, senior Tyler Williamson winning the still rings title and sophomore Daniel Ribeiro taking the pommel horse crown. As a team, the Illini hit a season-high 59.800 on pommel horse, led by sophomore Daniel Ribeiro who tied his career-high with a 15.700 for first place
At this weekend's meet, the Illini men will honor three seniors for their accomplishments during the past four years here at Illinois. Nate Luketin, Chris Lung and Nick Stango will all be competing in their final regular season meet at Huff Hall.
ILLINI CELEBRATE 100 SEASONS
Over a 100 former gymnasts are set to return to Huff Hall this weekend including seven-time NCAA Champion Abie Grossfeld, two-time National Champion Travis Romagnoli, National pommel horse champion Dave Stoldt, two-time All-American Butch Zunich, two-time Olympian Dominick Minicucci, Nissen-Emery award winner David Zeddies, eight time All-American Adam Pummer, NCAA Pommel Horse Champion Bob Rogers and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Justin Spring.
Illinois vs. UIC
This is the 69th meeting between the two teams in their storied history, with Illinois leading the series 52-16, a record that includes all dual, tournament and championship meetings - including the one this season at Windy City. Last year, the Illini pulled out a 354.850-342.950 win at the UIC Physical Education Building in Chicago.
TAKING A LOOK AT UIC
The UIC men's gymnastics team picked up a pair of event titles behind Kevin Baune and Nikolai Korepanov's performances against Minnesota at the Physical Education Building in Chicago on Feb. 28.
While the Flames had a season-high team score behind the upperclassmen's victories, they were unable to match the Golden Gophers, falling to the Big Ten team 348.450-338.150.
Senior Baune won the horizontal bar with 14.700, highlighting the Flames outing virtue of a new school record with his efforts against Minnesota. Korepanov, currently ranked third in the nation on the still rings from his pair of 15.300 performances against Iowa and Temple, only needed a 14.900 to finish the event the event over his competitors.
Anthony May beat out fellow Flame Ned Kamimura for the all-around win, taking the title in 82.650 in only his second meet of the season. May placed fourth on the parallel bars (13.700).
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