Men's Gymnastics Go to New England ChampionshipBy Reginald Abel
The MIT men's gymnastics team capped off its season with a strong showing against Dartmouth College and the University of Vermont. Competing for the first time this season with a full lineup, MIT scored a season high 180.25, which was enough to defeat Dartmouth and place second to Vermont.
MIT's strong performance was led by Chris Ellefson '95, who was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) gymnast of the week for his scores at this week's meets.
MIT started off slowly on floor exercise. Art Shectman '95 and Xavier Leroux '95 performed comprehensive routines for scores of 5.45 and 6.2 respectively. Scott Lazerwith '95 completed a routine filled with impressive strength moves including a straight planche and a wide-arm press handstand, for which he received a score of 6.7. Ellefson, who went next, also performed an excellent routine which included difficult moves such as a front punch-front somersault and a front somersault with a half twist. For this routine he received 7.45. Reginald Abel '92 rounded out the event with a score of 8.5, and placed fourth overall in the meet.
MIT had a good day vaulting. Xavier Leroux performed a handspring for a 6.85. Jonath Padilla '93 also did a handspring vault and received 7.15. The trio of Chi Won '94, Ellefson, and Abel capped off the event with high scores. Won received a 7.8 for a well-executed handspring with a half twist. Ellefson continued his consistent vault performance with an 8.3 for an excellent handspring. Reggie Abel landed a handspring front somersault for a score of 8.75 and second place in the meet.
On parallel bars, Won turned in a notable performance. His routine included a unique side bar straddle catch mount and a difficult back toss combination. He placed fifth with a score of 7.55.
MIT's high team score was supplemented by the individual scores of Abel, Won, and Ellefson, who received all-around totals of 35.7, 36.4, and 42.3 respectively. Because of their scores, several gymnasts may qualify for post season competition.
MIT travels to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the New England Championships in two weeks.