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Women’s Gymnastics Falls to Rhode Island

By Eduardo Ovalle

TEAM COACH

The Anchorwomen from Rhode Island College invaded Du Pont Gymnasium sporting a four point advantage in the rankings over the Engineers, and although both teams struggled a bit during the meet, the final outcome of the meet was a true reflection of where the two teams stand: RIC 175.10 to MIT 171.70.

MIT marched into this meet with a Hawaiian theme, wearing some hand-made flower leis put together by the team members.

The Engineers began the meet on vault while RIC started the meet on what is traditionally a difficult event, bars.

MIT got off to the early lead with a 42.60 vault set to RIC’s 40.85 bars score. The first rotation was sloppy for both teams as RIC squandered their opportunities to score higher by having to count several falls off the apparatus. The cleanest vaults for MIT came from Amy M. Shui ’02 with a score of 8.55 and Carrie Garceau ’03 with 8.575.

The teams switched events and RIC began to pull away. MIT did not help their own cause as both Garceau and Deborah J. Dryer ’03 struggled with their routines. Even though Sonja J. Ellefson ’01 posted a meet-high 9.35, the team score amounted to a 40.10.

In the meantime, RIC was scoring a 43.925 on vault to give them an 84.775 to 82.700 lead at the halfway mark.

The host team moved to beam as the visitors took to the floor exercise. The Engineers started off strong with three solid routines by Elizabeth A. Ellingson ’01, Shui and Dryer.

Garceau had a beautiful routine going, but struggled with one small balance check and fell. Cindy Chung ’04 had an equally impressive routine working until she fell on her difficult side somersault skill. Ellefson really struggled on the event and, the team settled for a 44.225 total, which was the second highest of the season.

RIC was dancing and tumbling well on floor as they amassed a 45.825 total highlighted by Sajdah Amhad’s 9.50. The only thing that would save MIT now was for RIC to suffer a disaster on beam. Although they had to count a fall, RIC still managed a higher total on beam than MIT with a 44.50 while the home team was busy trying to dance and tumble to some high scores.

Dryer was the third up on the event and she suffered what seemed like a knee sprain on the knee that she had reconstructed last year. The injury took the wind out of the sails of the MIT team and suddenly making the meet close did not matter much anymore.

Garceau, Chung and Ellefson finished out the meet with an 8.9, 9.15 and 9.575 respectively.

MIT’s last home meet of the year will be this Friday at 7:30 pm in DuPont Gymnasium. It will be senior night as the team will be saying ‘Goodbye’ to their seniors. Among them, school record holder on every event, Sonja J. Ellefson ’01. Ellefson is currently ranked in the top five nationally on floor, bars and the all-around. The meet will be against Springfield College and it’s one that you don’t want to miss.