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Women gymnasts beat Coast Guard, Vermont

The women's gymnastics team beat the Coast Guard Academy and a team of two gymnasts from the University of Vermont on Saturday, scoring 116.9 to Coast Guard's 79.40 and Vermont's 49.35.

Catherine Rocchio '89 captured first place on the balance beam and second place in the all-around, while Evie Vance '86 took third place on the uneve parallel bars and in the all-around. Debbie Shirek '89 repeated her score of 8.156 on the vault from last week, to capture second place in the event. Linda Lee '86 also had a fine vault, for a 7.8 and third place.

Team members Hillary Thompson '87, Grace Tan '86 and Rocchio all challenged themselves with new, more difficult routines.

Three seniors, Biber, Tan, and Vance all had new, more difficult routines that made their debut at this meet. -rocchio

One of the most impressive performances of the evening was Thompson's routine to Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in the floor exercises. She unveiled several new tumbling passes, including a layout and a tucked back flip.

MIT will host Rhode Island College Saturday at 2 pm, upstairs in Dupont Gymnasium.

(Editor's note: Madeleine Biber '86 is co-captain of the women's gymnastics team.)