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    Illini Men's Gymnasts Earn No. 3 Ranking
    Junior Sean-Paul Crawford has helped lead the Illinois men's gymnastics team to a No. 3 national ranking

    Junior Sean-Paul Crawford has helped lead the Illinois men's gymnastics team to a No. 3 national ranking

    March 6, 2001

    The University of Illinois men's gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 216.15 last weekend against Iowa, a score gives the team a No. 3 national ranking this week according to the NCAA/GYMINFO poll released today.

    The Illini (16-3 overall, 7-3 in the Big Ten), who were picked by the coaches eighth in the preseason poll, have been ranked as high as No. 2 this season. Illinois' 16 wins are the most recorded by a team in the regular season, the previous best is 11 wins on four occasions.

    Illinois has the highest ranked still rings team in the nation. Four times this season, the Illini have posted scores of 36.90 or better to give the team a qualifying score of 37.15. Additionally, four members of that unit are also ranked in the top-20: Linh Hoang, fourth, Leo Oka, fifth, Sean-Paul Crawford, 11th, and J.G. Ketchen, 14th.

    The Illini are also ranked fourth in the nation on floor exercise, vault, parellel bars and high bar. Individually, Crawford is the third-rated gymnast on floor, Oka is second on vault. Hoang is ranked fifth on both vault and parallel bars.

    NCAA/GYMINFO RANKINGS (as of March 6, 2001)
    No.	Team	                        Qualifying Score
    1.   Okalahoma	               215.400
    2.   Michigan	                    214.637
    3.   Illinois	                        212.025
    4.   Ohio State	                 211.675
    5.   Michigan State	         210.037
    6.   Iowa	                           208.525
    7.   California	                  208.300
    8.   Penn State	                206.800
    9.   UMass	                       206.200
    10.   Minnesota	              204.975
    11.   Temple	                   204.300
    12.   Stanford	                 204.275
    13.   Nebraska	              203.525
    14.   Army	                       203.200
    15.   William & Mary	     200.425
    

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