With Strong Showing, Men's Gym Tops UVMBy Raymond Li
The men's gymnastics team was victorious in a tough home meet Saturday against the University of Vermont, a school that has beaten MIT regularly for the past few years.
Despite the Engineers' strong recent performances, the odds were still slightly against them at they faced UVM. While a good number of injured gymnasts were able to compete, many had not fully recovered. Many tricks had to be left out of their routines in order to ensure their personal safety.
Nevertheless, the Engineers started the meet with a strong lead over UVM that they were able to carry throughout the competition. The entire team had strong, clean routines on the floor exercises.
Co-captain Rob Cooper '97 gave a noteworthy performance on the floor, scoring a 9.10. Bernd Schoner '96, Rob Spina '99, and Jason Miller '99 all had scores in the high eights, which gave MIT a nearly three-point lead over UVM to start the meet.
The next event, pommel horse, was not as good, but MIT still managed to raise its lead another point over UVM. On the still rings, Co-captain Andy Lobban '97 turned in a stunning performance, which earned him a score of 8.40, a very high score without a dismount. Cooper's 8.50 was the highest on rings.
In the remaining events, the team consistently gave eight-point performances. The crowd's feverish cheers and support helped MIT carry the victory home. The final score was MIT 189.95, UVM 182.45.
This was not only one of the team's best meets against UVM, it was also filled with new school records. The team set a new team record for the floor exercises with 35.20 points. They also set a new team record for total score, 189.95 points. This new record was more than seven points higher than the last, 182.55.
Many individual records were also set at the meet, including the record for highest all-around score - 48.85, set by Cooper.
This Saturday, MIT will compete in the New England Competition held at Springfield College.