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Men's Gym Surpasses UVM and Dartmouth

By Raymond Li
Team Member

Now almost halfway through its season, the Men's Gymnastics team continued its winning performance on Jan. 27 at University of Vermont. where they beat UVM and Dartmouth College.

It was a great meet both for the team and for the individual athletes. It was the first victory MIT had over UVM in over ten years.

The day started with Floor Exercises. Although UVM had on extremely high score, MIT was consistently throwing good routines and tied UVM with 32.00 each, with Dartmouth at 28.95.

The team's top scorers were Rob Cooper '97 with 8.45, Bernd Schoner '96 with 8.15, Jason Miller '99 7.95, Rob Spina '99 7.45, and Van Van '97 and Brian Young '96 with high sixes.

Because MIT was able to maintain consistently high scores, the team gained their first lead over the other two schools in the next event, Pommel Horse. Schoner's 7.7 and Cooper's 8.1 along with the help of Andrew McCraith '98, Spina, Andy Lobban '97, and Miller brought the team to a 61.40, leading over UVM's 57.70 and Dartmouth's 51.25.

On the rings, MIT ensured its position by increasing the lead by another 3 points, with Cooper and Lobban being key players The score so far was MIT 92.20, Vermont 84.70, and Dartmouth 74.85.

UVM started with what seemed to be a comeback in the vault, one of MIT's stronger events. Although all six (Eric Cosman '99, McCraith, Spina, Schoner, Cooper, and Miller) of MIT's competitors gave strong 8s, UVM still scored higher, 33.45 to MIT's 32.95. The total scores were now MIT 125.15, UVM 118.15, and Dartmouth 96.3.

On the parallel bars, Miller's 8.0 and Schoner's 7.8 brought MIT to 154.95, over 9 points ahead of UVM and 32 points over Dartmouth.

On the last event, the high bar, MIT wrapped up the day at 182.95, UVM at 172.75, and Dartmouth at 140.45.

The all-arounders Cooper, Miller, Schoner, and Spina all did extremely well. The team's next meet will be on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the University of Massachusetts.