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Women’s Gymnastics Sets New MIT Record

All-Time High Topped in Loss to Springfield

By Eduardo Ovalle

TEAM COACH

The women’s gymnastics team lost to Springfield College last Sunday 178.525-183.775, but the team also lost Caitlin P. Dwyer-McNally ’03 to a season-ending injury. Still, the score was good enough to beat the school record set the week before.

Despite both losses, there were some quality performances from MIT gymnasts. Whitney E. Watson ’05 posted a season-high 35.625 and would have broken 36 if she had stayed on beam. The team welcomed Cindy Chung ’04 back to the vault line-up, and she threw a piked-front handspring-front. Senior tri-captain Cecile E. LeCocq was also back on her feet again with a good handspring-full for an 8.7. On bars, Carrie Garceau ’03 finally got through a bar routine to garner an 8.75.

LeCocq leads team on floor

LeCocq changed her floor routine around to include a “C” level tumbling skill in her last pass and scored a season high 9.25. Overall, however, the Lady Engineers struggled a bit as a team with their dance combinations on floor.

Tanya I. Burka ’03 had the option to not perform her exhibition routine immediately after the team lost Dwyer-McNally to injury, but she did not want for floor to end on a sour note for the rest of the team, and performed her exhibition.

The Engineers then finished the meet on beam, but the team had lost some focus after Dwyer-McNally’s injury. Everyone fell off the beam except for Merritt S. Tam ’03, who was the only one that got through unscathed with a beautiful 9.55 routine.

Tam hopes to qualify for nationals

MIT’s record fell to 4-4 against Division III opponents and 4-13 overall. The team heads to Collegeville, Penn. to face Ursinus College for the ECAC championships this Saturday. The ECAC is the main qualifying meet to the National Championships.

As a team, MIT does not have a chance unless the top teams falter badly, but Tam has an excellent opportunity to qualify as she is currently ranked as the fifth all-arounder in the country. She is also ranked third on beam and sixth overall on bars.