For the first time in more than a decade, Illinois men’s gymnastics has a pair of national champions.
Graduate student Ian Skirkey and sophomore Ashton Anaya won the titles Saturday night at the NCAA Championships in State College.
We have TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS #Illini | #HTTO pic.twitter.com/BPOourXbtc— Illinois Men's Gymnastics (@IlliniMGym) April 16, 2023
Skirkey won on the pommel horse (for the second time in three years), while Anaya claimed his title on the still rings.
The Illini also finished third overall, their highest finish at the championships since 2018.
Ladies and gentlemen...— Illinois Men's Gymnastics (@IlliniMGym) April 16, 2023
Your third place team in the country!#Illini | #HTTO pic.twitter.com/ZdMfcIkZSZ
Stanford won the team national championship, with Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma and Nebraska rounding out the top five.