Illini Gymnasts Fall Short of All-America Honors
April 7, 2001
University of Illinois senior gymnasts Leo Oka and Linh Hoang took seventh and eighth, respectively, on still rings to fall short of their goal of All-America honors, Saturday night at the 2001 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Oka led off the competition and posted a 9.325 for seventh, while Hoang scored a 9.200 for eighth place. Oka finishes his Illini career as a two-time All-American in the all-around following a sixth-place finish on Friday. The Illini ended the 2001 season with a 19-4 overall record, a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten and an eighth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.
Minnesota's sophomore Clay Strothers won the national title on floor exercise with a 9.525 and on pommel horse with a 9.662. Ohio State crowned two national champions with senior Daren Lynch taking the vault title with a score of 9.50 and sophomore Raj Bhavsar winning the parallel bars with a 9.412. Michael Ashe of California won high bar with a 9.512, while Penn State's Chris Lakeman took the title on still rings with a 9.55.
2001 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS EVENT FINALS 7. Leo Oka Still Rings 9.325 8. Linh Hoang Still Rings 9.200