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Men's Gym Wins at Home, on the Road

By Raymond Li
Team Member

The Men's Gymnastics team brought home wins in tough meets at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Feb. 3 and at home on Feb. 10.

At Amherst, the Engineers competed against Dartmouth College, UMass, and University of Vermont. On Saturday, the team competed at home against Dartmouth and City College of New York.

At the away meet, the Engineers started out with a small lead over UVM but were behind UMass. After each of the six events, MIT scored slightly higher than UVM each time, slowly securing their position.

Despite a UVM comeback on the vault, after the final event, MIT beat UVM by more than four points, 181.95 to 177.45. MIT also beat Dartmouth at the meet, but lost to UMass.

MIT wins at home

Although they had been doing very well in recent meets, the odds were against MIT at Saturday's meet because of injuries.

Things were looking good after the first event, with MIT at 32.05, CCNY 24.20, and Dartmouth 19.85. The event's top scorers were team co-captain Rob Cooper '97 (8.80), Rob Spina '99 (8.45), and Bernd Schoner '96 (8.05).

MIT's lead increased after each event, although both CCNY and Dartmouth came very close at certain points.

Some gymnasts gave outstanding performances. Cooper's 8.80 on the floor was the highest of the event. Schoner's 7.35 was the highest score on the pommel horse. Andy McCraith's beautiful vault scored him an 8.30, the highest score in that event. Spina's 8.55 made him the top scorer on the parallel bars.

Co-captain Andy Lobban's 7.95 on the high bar and 8.15 on the still rings helped the team hold their lead over Dartmouth and CCNY. Of the ten all-arounders (gymnasts who competed in all six Olympic events) who competed that day, MIT took first (Cooper 45.05), second (Schoner 43.55), and third place (Spina 43.35).

For the past three weeks, the Engineers have been consistently improving score-wise, and competing extremely well. Their record in that time has been 6-1, and they have beaten UVM two times in a row.

The team's next meet will be at home on Saturday, Feb. 24 against the University of Vermont.