National Championship Celebration Set for April 26
April 24, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois will host a celebration of the men's gymnastics team's 2012 NCAA Championship on Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m. in the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium. The event will last about 45 minutes and admission is free to the public.
The event will feature the national champion Fighting Illini and head coach Justin Spring, a highlight video from the NCAA Championships and remarks from Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas, Coach Spring and other special guests.
Parking will be available in the Northwest Assembly Hall lot and fans should enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 16 near the Red Grange Statue on the West side before proceeding to the Colonnades Club on the third floor of the press box.
Illinois won the 10th men's gymnastics national championship in school history, and the first since 1989, on April 20 in Norman, Okla. The Fighting Illini came from behind to beat host and top-ranked Oklahoma, along with four other contenders, with a season-high score of 358.850. A total of seven Fighting Illini earned 11 All-America honors during the weekend, including senior Paul Ruggeri and freshman C.J. Maestas, who earned individual national titles on vault and still rings, respectively. Ruggeri also took home the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award as the nation's top senior gymnast.