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No. 7 Illinois dominates Illinois-Chicago in record-setting night

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The Fighting Illini dominated Illinois-Chicago on Saturday 427.850-401.900 at Huff Hall. It was a record setting night for the team, many of whom broke personal and season records. The Illini also celebrated Senior Day and honored Margolis, Mason, Rogers, Smith and Varga after the meet.

The Orange and Blue started the afternoon on floor, where, as a team, they scored 66.850. Fred Hartville paced the Illini, taking the event title with a 14.250. He was followed closely by Taylor Smith who scored a career high of 14.050.

In the second rotation, the Illini scored 72.700 on pommel horse, led by Cole Smith and his season high of 14.900. Smith took home the title but teammate Chad Mason was not far behind. Mason scored 14.800 to tie for second with UIC's Lukasz Adamczyk.

The Fighting Illini also had a record night on still rings. Joey Peters set a season best for the title (14.950), and the Illini took home all of the top five spots. Andrew Margolis broke his season high with a score of 14.500, and Cameron Rogers tied his high of 14.700.

In the following rotation, Illinois scored a total of 74.600 on vault. Chandler Eggleston set a personal best on the apparatus (15.400), and was followed closely by Fred Hartville (15.150). Tom Gibbs tied his season best of 14.800, Alex Varga tied his season best (14.750), and Rogers set a new personal season high (14.500).

On parallel bars, Cameron Rogers broke his season record and took home the title (14.900). Jordan Valdez was not far behind, taking second with a 14.400.

High bar was dominated by the Illini, who took home four of the top five spots. Jordan Valdez won the title with a score of 14.850 and Eggleston came in second with 14.700. Logan Bradley set a career best on the apparatus with a 13.600.

No. 2 Stanford 446.45, No. 4 Ohio State 442.40, No. 10 California 432.45, Arizona State 406.10

STANFORD, Calif. -- Saturday was Senior Day for Stanford, the final home meet of the year with Ohio State, California and Arizona State in town.

With emotions running high for the four seniors and two top-10 opponents in the building, the meet did not get off to a good start for the Cardinal. They started off with the floor exercise and scored 73.2, but a 71.9 on pommel horse in the second rotation put them behind Ohio State. The performance was not how the Stanford seniors saw their final home meet playing out.

The Stanford team as they went on to score over 75 points on the rings, vault and parallel bar before ending with a 74.95 on the high bar. The 75.65 on vault is the top score in the country this season while the 75.7 on parallel bars is the second best. The fantastic finish ended up leading to Stanford scoring a season-best 446.45.

Robinson did not start the meet off well with the team’s low score on the floor, but he quickly put it behind him to rally the team. He ended up posting two good scores on parallel bars and high bar to cap off the regular season.

Turner also started off slow with a score below his expectations on pommel horse. Like Robinson he would go on to excel in the final two events, including a 15.35 to lead the team on high bar.

Senters, who has one year of eligibility remaining, helped kickstart the success. He was key to the nation’s top vault score with his team-best 15.5.

Ohio State finished second with a score of 442.40, four points back of Stanford. Cal took third with a 432.45 and Arizona State posted a 406.10 for fourth.

Sophomore Dennis Zaremski may have had the best day with his two high scores on rings and parallel bars. He scored the highest total of the day for Stanford with a 15.75 on rings. He followed that up with a 15.45 on parallel bars.

Junior Mike Levy had a good all-around day in his practice for next year’s senior day. Levy had the top score in floor with a 15.1, scored a 15.55 on rings and finishing up with a 14.7 on vault.

Freshman Akash Modi continued his success. He was the only Stanford gymnast to post more than a 15.0 on pommel horse with a 15.35. He also had a 15.35 on vault, a team-high 15.65 on parallel bars and a 15.1 on high bar.

No. 6 Minnesota 427.750, No. 9 Iowa 426.450, Brockport 184.700

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers won their final home meet of the season Saturday night, defeating Iowa and Brockport by a final score of 427.750 to 426.450 and 184.700, respectively.

The Gophers were ahead after the first rotation, and they managed to hold the lead throughout the meet despite Iowa pulling close near the end.

The Gophers took home three event titles in the meet, winning the floor exercise, pommel horse and parallel bars.

The Gophers also won three individual titles, with junior Ellis Mannon taking at least a share of all of them.  Mannon won the pommel horse and parallel bars with scores of 14.750 and 14.700, respectively. Mannon also tied to the high bar title with teammate sophomore Danny DiBenedetto and Hawkeye gymnast Cyrus Dobre-Mofid with a score of 14.600.