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MIT gymnasts place fifth in New Englands

By Madeleine Biber

The women's gymnastics team broke its scoring record for the third meet in a row Saturday, chalking up 140.6 points en route to a fifth-place finish at the New England Women's Gymnastics Championships at Rhode Island College.

Connecticut College won the nine-team championship. Three points kept MIT from fourth place, while the squad was more than 17 points ahead of the sixth-place finisher.

Many of the team members equalled or exceeded their personal bests at this final meet. Despite an injured elbow, Missy Maxfield '85 placed third in balance beam and sixth in the floor exercise.

MIT is planning a spring exhibition to attract gymnasts to future teams. The squad is hoping to get enough help from newcomers to have another strong season next year.

Five senior gymnasts will be lost to graduation: co-captains Megan Claps and Missy Maxfield, Julie Wolf, Linda Lee and Sako Osaka.

Returning to form the core of next year's team will be four juniors: Grace Tan, Lisa Weil, Sue Park, and Madeleine Biber; two sophomores: Hillary Thompson and Sue Levene; and one freshman: Olga Kuhn.

(Editor's Note: Madeleine Biber is a member of the gymnastics team.)