Gymnasts Defeat CCNY; Ellefson Wins All-AroundBy Michael K. Chung
Drama built early in the men's gymnastics meet against the City College of New York last Saturday in DuPont Gymnasium when CCNY did not show up until well after the Beavers completed their warmups. Despite CCNY's attempt to ice the Engineers, the MIT men's gymnastic team defeated CCNY soundly 160.6 to 106.6.
Although it was certainly not an ideal day for MIT's men on the six pieces of apparatus -- floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar -- all of the team members had noteworthy performances. Chris Ellefson '95 led the Engineers, winning the all-around competition with a score of 43.75. His fine performance included a Tsukahara on the vault, which is a cartwheel onto the horse and a back tuck off the horse. In addition to drawing gasps of wonder and amazement from the crowd, it also drew a score of 8.35.
Captain Manuel Jaime '93 had a solid floor routine, scoring a 7.4. Rich Pietri '93 had an exceptional day on the parallel bars, taming the two menacing wooden rods and scoring a personal best of 7.05. Scott Lazerwith '95 scored another personal best on the rings. His two solid iron crosses and impressive double back dismount not only stunned the gymnastics community of the greater Cambridge area, but also led to a score of 8.25.
Art Shectman '95 went to the high bar with intensity emanating from his bared teeth. While performing giant swings in both directions, Shectman's demeanor was calm, although he, along with everyone else in attendance, knew how seethingly difficult such a task actually is. Nevertheless, Shectman's composure led to a fine performance on the bar, and his self-satisfaction spoke for itself. Xavier Leroux '95 had a solid day on the floor and the vault, scoring 7.2 and 7.15 respectively.
Jonath Padilla '93 performed an impressive handspring vault solidly, and earned a mark of 7.45 from the judges. Newcomers Brian Young '96 and Michael Chung '94 added to the team total on each of their respective events.