Women’s Gymnastics Beats SUNY-Brockport SquadBy Eduardo Ovalle
MIT’s Womens’ Gymnastics team beat Division III rival SUNY-Brockport at home on Saturday, but the Engineers fell to Division II University of Bridgeport. Although Bridgeport won the meet outright with a 180.525, MIT beat Brockport with a season high 177.125 to 175.775 to garner their third win of the year.
SUNY-Brockport came to MIT ranked fourth in the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association and sporting a record of 8-1. However, they came into the meet with one of their best all-arounders on the bench with a sprained knee. The weekend before at Wilson College, Brockport had scored a full seven points higher than MIT, so even with freshman star Jordan Christiano out of the meet, the Golden Eagles did not expect MIT to put up much of a fight.
MIT began the afternoon with a fairly solid vault total of 43.30, while Bridgeport started the day with a 43.125 on bars. In the second rotation, Brockport put up a 44.50 on vault with strong performances from Carrie Santore (9.125) and Jessica Bowman (9.025).
MIT then took to the bars where freshman standout Merritt S. Tam scored a meet high 9.20 and Carrie Garceau ’03 posted a season-high of 8.75. The third rotation saw Brockport swing a 42.35 bar set while Bridgeport vaulted to a 44.775. At the half-way mark, Bridgeport led Brockport 87.90 to 86.85, with MIT (86.20) close behind.
Chung makes strong return
MIT really made their mark on beam in the fourth rotation, with Cindy Chung ’04 making her return to the line-up with a 9.025 to lead the way. Strong performances from freshmen Ashley R. Rothenberg (8.95), Whitney E. Watson (9.20), and Tam (9.40) helped MIT to a season-high 45.175 on the apparatus.
In the same rotation, Brockport increased their lead by scoring a 45.275 on floor on the strength of Santore’s 9.325. Bridgeport took to the floor while Brockport went to beam on the fifth rotation, and while Bridgeport lit up the mat with a 46.925 set, Brockport opened the door for MIT by falling off the beams five times. All MIT had to do in the last rotation was stay clean, and despite a fall from their best floor performer, the engineers still posted another season high score with a 45.75 on the floor exercise. Bridgeport finished the meet on beam with a 45.70.
Tam won the meet on both bars and beam and took second in the all-around behind Bridgeport’s Kate Warner, 36.675 to 36.625. Warner took the floor exercise with a 9.55 and teammate Stephanie Pink won vault with a 9.20.
MIT’s next meet is at home on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 p.m. against Division I opponent University of Vermont.