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Men's gym improves but still loses to Springfield

By Keith MacKay

Despite a marked improvement over their first meet at Dartmouth on Jan. 6, the MIT men's gymnastics team lost to Springfield College on Saturday in their second meet of the season.

Springfield turned in an amazing performance of 240.45 points while the Engineers earned 144.00 -- a respectable increase over the 113.25 points won by MIT in its first meet. The showing is made more impressive when one considers that the Engineers took four scores of zero in the Springfield meet as they did not have enough gymnasts to compete in every event.

Particularly noteworthy performances were turned in by team co-captain Tim Holt '90 and Reggie Abel '92, who both went all-around against Dartmouth, and by freshman Manuel Jaime. Jaime scored a season's best 29.65 in the all-around, while Abel performed a difficult handspring-front-somersault vault for a score of 8.5 and an excellent floor routine for a 7.2. Team veteran Antonio Hernandez '91 proved to be MIT's high scorer in rings, parallel bars, and high bar.

Next Saturday the team travels to a competition at West Point.

(Keith MacKay '91 is a member of the men's gymnastics team)