Gymnasis Strong Against DartmouthBy Reginald Abel
The MIT men's gymnastics team defeated Dartmouth College 145.25-127 on Saturday.
MIT started off slowly on floor exercise, due to the absence of two injured competitors, Art Shectman '95 and Chi Won '94. The first competitor, Xavier Leroux '95, received a season high score of 6.0 for his routine, which included a difficult back-back somersault combination. Scott Lazerwith, also a freshman, received a 7.25 for a routine displaying several dazzling strength moves. Chris Ellefson received a 6.65. Floor exercise was capped by Reginald Abel '92, who performed a routine which included a back-punch front and a front-punch-front somersault combination, for which he received a team high of 7.8.
Richard Pietri '93 and Ellefson received scores of 4.1 and 4.55, respectively, on the pommel horse.
The still rings, by far one of the most difficult events, saw good routines by MIT gymnasts, including several individual season high scores. These included Jonath Padilla '93, Pietri, Won, and Abel. Padilla, competing on the rings for the first time, received a 4.0. Pietri and Won received 4.55 and 5.65 respectively. Abel received a score of 6.65 for a routine which included three iron-crosses. Scott Lazerwith and Ellefson rounded out the event for MIT with scores of 6.45 and 6.65 respectively. Both had difficult strength moves and finished with strong double-back somersaults.
The next event, the vault, was once again the highest scoring event for MIT. Chi Won received a 6.95 for a comprehensive handspring with a half twist. Padilla received his season high, a 8.05 for an excellent handspring. Ellefson, a consistent performer on vault, received a 8.3 for a well executed handspring. MIT's vaulting brigade was led by Abel, who received a 8.85 for a handspring-front somersault.
The final event, high bar, saw Ellefson receive his season high score of 7.05. MIT's high bar specialist, Won, received a 7.2 for a routine including a difficult reverse hecht.
MIT travels to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for their next meet. The next and final home meet will be on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. against City College of New York.