Published 2019-12-31 16:42:01 UTC
Story by Illinois Fighting Illini
A Decade of Dominance for the Illini
- 1 NCAA Runner-Up Finish
- 2 NCAA Individual Champions
- 1 National Coach of the Year
- 4 NCAA Top-Three Finishes
- 6 NCAA Top-Five Finishes
- 9 Big Ten Championships
- 8 Big Ten Players of the Year
- 9 Big Individual Medalists
- 10 NCAA Finals Appearances
- 22 All-America Honors
- 43 Individual Tournament Titles
- 52 Team Tournament Titles
Illinois earned a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. The Illini were four-time National Semifinalists in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Scott Langley (2010) and Thomas Pieters (2012) were NCAA Individual Champions.
The Illini won nine Big Ten Titles during the 2010s.
Illinois Football upset No. 6 Wisconsin on October 19, 2019
The largest comeback in Illinois Football history. The Illini came back from being down 31-10 to defeat Michigan State, 37-34 on November 9, 2019. Illinois became bowl eligible with the win.
Illinois topped Northwestern at Wrigley Field in 2010.
Whitney Mercilus was named a consensus First-Team All-American.
The Dick Butkus Statue was unveiled on October 12, 2019
Illinois won back-to-back Bowl Games in 2011 and 2012.
Illinois defeated No. 5 Michigan at State Farm Center on December 11, 2019.
Illinois defeated No. 1 Indiana in 2013.
The 2013 Maui Invitational Champions
Illinois hosted College Game Day on February 6, 2010.
Brandon Paul’s phenomenal game against Ohio State in 2013
Illinois won five-straight Braggin’ Rights titles during the decade. Rayvonte Rice hits the buzzer beater.
Illinois won the 2015 Big Ten Title at Illinois Field
The Illini won the 2015 NCAA Champaign Regional at Illinois Field
Tyler Jay was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft
Bren Spillane won 2018 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year
Illinois advanced to the 2018 Final Four.
The 2011 NCAA Runner-Up Team
Jordyn Poulter earned 2018 Big Ten Co-Setter of the Year and First-Team All-America honors
The 2011-12 Illinois wrestling team finishes seventh at NCAA Championships, with four wrestlers earning All-America honors
Jesse Delgado wins back-to-back national titles at 125 pounds in 2013 and 2014
Illinois won the 2012 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship at the State Farm Center.
Illinois men’s gymnastics won three Big Ten Championships during the decade (2011, 2012, 2018)
Back-to-Back NCAA Regional appearances
Nicole Evans named NFCA All-America Third-Team, Athur Ashe Jr. Female Sports Scholar of the Year and setting the career home run, RBI and total bases records at Illinois in 2017
Meredith Hackett named NFCA All-America First-Team in 2010
Illinois won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2015 at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Aleks Kovacevic reached the NCAA Singles Semifinal in 2019.
Jared Hiltzik and Aleks Vukic became just the second and third Illini men’s tennis players to earn three All-America honors.
Illinois won the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Champions behind five first-place performances. The Illini would tie for 10th at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Andrew Riley wins both the 100m Dash and 110m Hurdles national titles at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Riley also won the 110m Hurdles national title at the 2010 outdoor championships, and the 60m Hurdles national title at the 2011 indoor championships.
David Kendzeria places 2nd in the 110m Hurdles and 3rd in the 400m Hurdles at 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He finished his career as a 10-time All-American.
Illinois won the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Champions behind six first place performances
Angela Bizzarri wins the 3K national title at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships
Ashley Spencer wins the 400m national title at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Women’s Cross Country
The Illini won 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, with four student-athletes earning Midwest All-Region honors. Team qualifies for NCAA Championships for the first time since 2009. Sarah Haveman earns NCAA Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year honors in her second season.
Women’s Cross Country finishes fourth at 2018 NCAA Midwest Regionals, a 20-spot jump from their 2017 finish under first-year head coach Sarah Haveman.
Men’s Cross Country
The Illini qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2016 for the first time since 1986
Jon Davis wins 2017 Midwest Regional Title with 10K finish time of 29:06.2, the second-fastest 10K in program history.
Janet Rayfield earns her 200th win as a head coach
The Illini defeated No. 9 Kentucky in 2014
Illinois topped No. 12 Minnesota in 2019.
Alex Wittinger reset the single-game blocked shots record.
Illinois advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014
Illinois scored a team record 197.350 at the 2015 Big Ten Championships
Illinois reached the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2018 and 2019.
In 2019, Illinois reached the NCAA Championships for the first time ever.
Swimming and Diving
Diver Ling Kuhn advanced to the 2019 NCAA Diving Championships. Kuhn was the first diver to advance to the NCAA Championships since 1993.
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