"It just makes it that much more special coming off three bitter second-place finishes," explained head coach Justin Spring. "To come so close...to have a team fight this hard. We didn't just flow through this day."
They did indeed fight. It wasn't a cake walk for the Illini who dealt with major hiccups on PH & PB. High bar, however, was a different story. The Illini rattled off a 70.05 on the event, just the second score of 70+ recorded this season in the NCAA. Capping off the event was senior Tyson Bull who put together an unbelievable 14.85 -- winning tonight's meet by six tenths of a point.
"We just were resilient...pretty awesome," continued Spring. "It took six years of, I swear, doing everything I could and trying to build a great program and focus on culture and we just didn't win. This one, I think the effort, the grind and the hiccup, up-and-down, setback-type of season makes it real sweet."
Said Spring when asked if he's thinking about NCAA's yet, "It's already happening."
Sean Melton Wins Third-Straight B1G All-Around Crown
Though he's still got one meet left in his career, Sean Melton has already done a great job of finishing off his Buckeye career on a high note. The senior took home his third-straight B1G all-around title with an 84.45.
Coming in an ever-so-close second was his teammate, Alec Yoder, who finished just a tenth-and-a-half behind him with an 84.3.