Nash leads Engineers in CCNY win
By Eric M. Reifschneider
The MIT men's gymnastics team raised its record to 3-2 Saturday at DuPont Gymnasium with a 181.6-151.0 victory over the City College of New York.
Tri-captain Alan Nash '89 had his best meet of the season and won the all-around competition with a score of 43.05. Nash placed first on the pommel horse (5.9), parallel bars (7.75), and high bar (6.3), and second on the floor exercise (7.95), rings (6.95), and vault (8.2).
Nash thrilled the crowd with many exciting tricks: consecutive back flips on the floor; flaired circles on the pommel horse; two backuprises to handstands on the rings; a full-twisting stutz on the parallel bars; a full-twisting release and regrasp on the high bar; and a toe-on front flip high bar dismount.
Tri-captain Mark Malonson '89 finished second in the all-around competition with a total of 40.2. Malonson placed first on the floor exercise (8.25) and rings (7.05), second on the parallel bars (6.6), and tied Nash for second on the vault (8.2).
The Engineers also received solid performances from Reginald Abel '92 on the floor exercise (a season-high 6.95), Joe Fugaro '91 on the vault (8.0), Tim Holt '90 on the parallel bars (6.0), and Mark Abinante '89 on the high bar (5.55).
MIT's team score was lower than usual because of a subpar performance by tri-captain Eric Reifschneider '89, who was competing despite having the flu. Reifschneider managed a 7.45 on the floor exercise and a meet-high 8.3 on the vault, but received his lowest scores of the season on the pommel horse, rings, and parallel bars. He was scratched from the high bar.
MIT's next, and last, regular-season meet is Saturday at Vermont. The Engineers will be trying to repeat their victory of four weeks ago over the Catamounts. A high team score would also improve their chances of qualifying for the Division II-III National Championships.
(Editor's note: Eric Reifschneider is a tri-captain of the men's gymnastics team.)