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Gymnasts Vault Well Against SCSU

By Catherine Rocchio
Team Coach

Despite season high performances by Captain Julie Lyren '93 and Janet Sollod '96, the women's gymnastics team lost its meet last weekend to the Division II powerhouse team, Southern Connecticut State University.

SCSU totalled 183.30 to MIT's 154.00 at Saturday's competition. It was MIT's best vaulting performance this year, though. Erica Carmel '96, vaulting for the first time this year, made a beautiful handspring and earned a 7.45 and Karen Oda '93 earned a 7.8 for her vault. Sollod and Lyren both performed their best vaults of the season. Sollod's full-twister earned an 8.55 and Lyren's one-and-a-half twister scored 9.0, taking second place overall on the event.

The Engineers were consistent on the uneven bars with Oda performing a full-twisting dismount, and Sollod had a one-and-a-half forward somersaulting dismount. They recieved scores of 7.5 and 7.95, respectively. Lyren ended the event for the team with a very difficult dismount, a half twisting, backward somersault, for which she was awarded a score of 8.7.

"No falls" routines from Carmel and Sollod highlighted the balance beam competition. Carmel performed back-walkovers and a back-somersaulting dismount beautifully, receiving a score of 7.25. Sollod landed two back-handsprings and a full-twisting dismount for a score of 8.6. Lyren barely even wobbled as she gracefully tumbled and danced on the beam for a score of 9.05.

The floor exercise saw great performances from Jen Moore '94, Carmel, and Kim Cornwell '94. Each had her season's best performance with clean tumbling and strong dance for scores of 6.85, 7.15, and 7.45, respectively. Stephanie DeWeese '95 landed a powerful back somersault in her first tumbling run and earned her personal best score of 7.8, while Sollod had a bit of trouble landing her full-twisting backward somersault but finished up strong with an 8.3. Lyren again had a strong performance as she completed a full-twisting layout back somersault in her third tumbling run and earned an 8.9 for the difficult routine.

Overall, Lyren totaled 35.65 while Sollod earned her season's highest score of 33.4. The MIT women travel to the University of Vermont this weekend to compete against the Division I Catamounts.