Illini Men's Gymnasts Earn No. 3 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