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Men's Gymnastics Defeats Vermont In Championships to Take 3rd Place

By Raymond Szeto
team member

The men's gymnastics team won third place at the New England Gymnastics Championships held at Springfield College on Saturday, March 1.

The Engineers started the day in fourth place behind the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Springfield College, and the University of Vermont. By the end of the third of six events, the Engineers jumped in front of UVM to capture an elusive third place with only 87.85 points, barely ahead of UVM's 87.00.

The last three remaining events were a struggle for the Engineers to hold on their lead. On the fourth event, UVM challenged MIT and finishes with a one-point advantage to bring UVM to a 0.10 point lead over MIT, 120.70120.60. With only two events left to compete, the third-place trophy was still within reach of both teams.

The Engineers, not willing to give up a beautiful victory in such a close race, pulled together and gave outstanding performances in the final events. The Engineers were able to secure their victory with an outstanding 32.650 on the parallel bars, off the all-time team record is 32.750. The team scored a new team record of 30.300 on the high bars, bringing MIT's final total to 183.650.

Individual team members also won several distinctions. John Olsson '00 won fifth place on the high bar (8.35) and sixth on the parallel bars (8.75). Co-captain Andy Lobban '97 won sixth on the high bar (8.25) and seventh on the still rings (8.15).

The gymnastics season ended with this last competition. The Engineers were selected to compete in the U.S.A. Nationals and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Championships but are unable to attend this year because of financial reasons.