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Men's gym reaches season-high score, but falls to CCNY

By Keith J. MacKay

The men's gymnastics team gave its best performance of the season Saturday in a meet against City College of New York. MIT had a season-high team score of 167.85, surpassing its previous best by over 20 points. Although CCNY won the meet with a score of 194.6, MIT Coach Fran Molesso, who had made 150 points the team goal for the season, was pleased with his young team's performance.

This was the first meet of the season in which the Engineers had five competitors in each event. Reginald W. Abel '92 gave an excellent performance on the floor exercise, incorporating a difficult front-front and also a front somersault with a full twist into his routine for a season-high score of 8.0. Manuel E. Jaime '93 contributed 6.3 points to the team's total by tumbling a roundoff-back handspring-back somersault and impressed the crowd with his solid Y-scale.

On the pommel horse, Jeffery T. Anderson '90 received 4.9 points for his well-executed travel-down and superb form. Antonio Hernandez '91 scored a 4.5 with a routine including scissors and a press to a handstand dismount. The team as a whole scored 23.05 points in this event, not far behind CCNY's 25.95.

On the still rings, the Engineers put up a valiant fight with a score of 26.10 against CCNY's 27.55. Joseph Everett of CCNY gave the top performance of the day on the rings as he was awarded a 6.2. Hernandez was not far behind with a 6.15, and Joseph M. Fugaro '91 was also close with a 5.8. Hernandez both began and ended his routine with a bang, starting off with a shoot to a handstand and dismounting with a back uprise-back off. Team captain Fugaro showed off the best iron cross of the day and also executed a back uprise-back off dismount. Abel performed two iron crosses in his routine and drew appreciative comments from the CCNY team for his front-somersault dismount.

The Engineers' vaulting proved to be their best of the season, scoring 38.0 for the team to CCNY's 41.15. Fugaro and Abel tied for MIT's high score, each receiving an 8.1 for their vault. Fugaro did a marvelous handspring, while Abel threw a difficult front handspring-front somersault.

Abel also turned in the top MIT performance on parallel bars (5.75), including a front toss in his set. Hernandez did some excellent back-cut-catches and earned a respectable 5.45 due to his rock-steady handstand and back-off dismount.

High bar, the last event of the meet, gave Hernandez (4.75 points) and Clint W. Grimes '90 (4.70) a chance to thrill the crowd as both executed flyaway dismounts.

Both Abel and Jaime went all-around, receiving 35.85 and 31.0 points, respectively. Hernandez received 26.75 points while performing in five events, and Fugaro earned 26.3 in only four.

The last meet of the season is next Saturday at the University of Vermont.

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