UVM Defeats Men's Gymnastics SquadBy J.C. Olsson
When you're the worst team in your division, the only direction to go is usually up, but the MITmen's gymnastics team is showing steady movement sideways, with three competitions remaining in the season.
The team had an impressive showing last Wednesday in a dual home meet. Although the competition was mostly neck-and-neck, the University of Vermont Catamounts managed to claim another victory over the Engineers. Despite the loss, MIT continued to show improvement by setting 22 new personal highs and Institute records.
Delayed by a lengthy, yet touching, au revoir to the graduating girls, the Engineers shook up the gym with some powerful floor routines.
Of particular note was the explosive tumbling of Dave Golombek '98, who claims that the secret is not to sleep the night before a competition. The performances were topped by a high score of 8.6 from Jason Miller '98.
The vault became the center of attention as both teams busted out their maneuvers. Miller impressed the crowd with his new trick, a layout tsukahara, to tie J. C. Olsson '00 with an 8.65.
The strength duo of John Tilly '00 and Max Miller once again took to the rings with a mixture of adrenaline and testosterone. Tilly started off the match with a pair of iron crosses. Miller, when questioned whether the routine would be hard to top, calmly replied, "I do planches." Both teammates set new personal records.
Rob Spina '99 set the pace on the parallel bars with his debut performance for the year. Coming back from a shoulder injury last year, he is making his way back to being an all-arounder.
The competition came to its climax as the action moved to the high bar. Both teams threw their best routines in this final stretch, and several new personal bests were set, including a solid routine from Kenny Esler '99 ending with a double back dismount.
Two new MIT all-around records were set, one with Jason Miller's 48.1 moving him into third place. Olsson with a 50.0 managed to knock assistant coach Rob Cooper '97 out of the top position.