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Women’s Gymnastics Edged by UVM

By Eduardo Ovalle

TEAM COACH

MIT’s Women’s Gymnastics team was barely topped by Division I opponent University of Vermont Saturday, as the Engineers lost 177.3 to 177.2.

MIT started off the afternoon with a solid vault set of 43.70, which included a team high from Merritt S. Tam ’05 who performed a front handspring front tuck for a 9.2. UVM had difficulty with the uneven bars as many of their competitors had trouble landing their dismounts in the bright sun coming in through the windows.

MIT had the early lead as UVM managed a 42.15 total on the rails. The teams switched events for the second rotation, where UVM clearly had the stronger vaulting team as four of their competitors scored over a 9.0 with Katie Domenico winning the event with a 9.3. As a team, UVM scored 45.075 on vault while the engineers did everything they could on uneven bars to come away with a 42.35. Tam came away with a meet high 9.0 on the event which could have been won by fellow classmate Ashley R. Rothenberg ’05 (8.8) had she not fallen on her dismount. At the half way mark, UVM led 87.225-86.05.

MIT finishes strong on beam

UVM scored high on their floor set, amassing a 45.75 with Alex Chalat posting a 9.45 to win the event. MIT in the meantime got off to a wobbly start on beam with Cindy Chung ’04, who fought to stay on the apparatus and scored a 9.0. The next two competitors fell off, but MIT rebounded with senior captain Amy M. Shui ’02 who performed a solid routine for an 8.7. Tam closed out the event with a season and meet high score of 9.5 for an outstanding routine which helped MIT to a 44.8 total on the event. Leading into the fourth rotation, UVM had a commanding lead of 132.975 to 130.85.

Lindsey L. Wolf ’03 led off the floor exercise for the Engineers and unfortunately fell to the floor when the mat she landed on slipped from underneath her. After that, though, it was one nailed routine after another starting with Shui (9.05), Cecile E. LeCocq ’02 (9.2), Rothenberg (9.35) and Whitney E. Watson ’05 (9.4). Tam overrotated her double pike mount and stepped out of bounds for an automatic 0.1 point deduction, but still managed a 9.35 to close out a season high 46.35 floor set for MIT.

UVM edges MIT after beam

Vermont put together a 44.325 total on beam, bringing their total to 177.3 to MIT’s 177.2, for the Engineers’ second straight 177 point meet. Tam won the all-around competition with a 37.05. MIT will try to break the five-year-old school record of 177.625 against the top gymnastics team in the state, UMass Amherst, and one of the top Division II schools in the country, University of Alaska, on Feb. 19.