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Male Gymnasts Compete in N.E. Championships

By Michael K. Chung
Team Member

The men's gymnastics team completed their season at the New England Championships this past weekend at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. UMass edged Springfield for the title, but MIT overcame Dartmouth for the second-to-last position. The Engineers were nevertheless pleased with their performances this past weekend and with the entire season as a whole.

Team captain Manuel Jaime '93 looked back on the season very positively, noting the excellent attitude exhibited by the team. As for the championship, Jaime was not completely satisfied with his personal performance, but was pleased with the team as a whole.

Rich Pietri '93 performed his best routine ever on the rings, finishing it with a double back dismount. This was the high point of the afternoon and was capped off the most enjoyable and spirited team season he has had in his gymnastics career at MIT, he said.

Chris Ellefson '95 felt that things had come together well for the team. New tricks were performed by several team members, for example, Ellefson's double back dismount from the high bar and back-to-back stutzes (a forward release swing twisting into a handstand) on the parallel bars.