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After Close Dartmouth Win, Gymnasts Lose Two Meets

By Raymond W. Li
Team Member

The men's gymnastics team is off to an exciting season after competing in three close meets.

On Jan. 13 the men's team traveled to Dartmouth. On the first of six Olympic events, floor exercises, MIT started the day with a 30.8530.40 lead over Dartmouth. Jason Miller '99 and team co-captain Rob Cooper '97 scored 8.00+ and Bernd Schoner G and team co-captain Andy Lobban '97 scored 7.00+.

After the next event, the pommel horse, Dartmouth had a 59.6556.70 lead, which they increased in the rings. In the vault, the performances by Eric Cosman '99 and Brian Young '96 (high 7's), and Schoner, Brian McCraith '98, Cooper, and Miller (high 8's) decreased Dartmouth's lead to only 0.75

On the parallel bars, MIT made a spectacular comeback with all 7.00's, giving them the lead. The Engineers cleaned up at the high bar, finishing the day with a 175.95172.80 win.

The following Tuesday, MIT traveled to Springfield for another competition. The men started out behind, 30.6032.55. Springfield led throughout the meet, despite strong performances by MIT such as 8's on the vault, 8.1 by Cooper on floor, and 8.0 by Lobban on high bar. The final score was Springfield 189.15, MIT 171.6.

Narrow loss to S. Conn.

After a long week of competitions and practices, MIT went up against a tough Southern Connecticut in the first home meet last Saturday. Despite MIT's generally strong performance on the floor exercises, S. Conn. was quickly off to a 33.4031.80 lead.

MIT gained some ground on the pommel horse, and made a comeback during the third event, rings. With Cooper (8.05) and Lobban (8.20) being the only two of both teams who scored 8's in this event, MIT led 87.5587.25.

On the vault, S. Conn. threw four 8's to regain the lead, 121.15120.00. After the parallel bars, MIT was ahead by less than one point.

The last event was the high bar. The all-arounders were very tired, mentally and physically. Both sides gave equally good performances with MIT slightly ahead. The last gymnast of S. Conn. had a score of 8.55, the highest in that event, which finished the meet at 181.05 for S. Conn. to MIT's 180.80.

Despite S. Conn.'s close victory, MIT's team had a impressive performance. The team broke 180 at the meet and all four of the team's all-arounders scored high - Cooper with a 45.10, Miller 45.35, Robert Spina '99 41.70, and Schoner 43.85.

The next meet is this Saturday at UVM. The next home meet will be on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in Dupont against CCNY.