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Gymnastics Loses Despite Efforts of Harrison, Zimmerman in Home Meet

By Jeff Lemieux
SPORTS INFORMATION ASSISTANT

The University of Rhode Island’s Kelly Gurney won the all-around competition with a score of 38.075 to lead the Div. I Rams to victory over MIT at Tech gymnastics’ home opening quad-meet on Saturday afternoon in the duPont gymnasium.

The Engineers scored 177.325 and placed last, well behind URI (184.500) but close to Cortland State University (179.325) and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (178.625).

Tech’s Julia C. Zimmerman ’09 finished with the second best all-around score (37.600) for the second straight meet, while teammate Sophia L. Harrison ’08 (36.200) was fourth, making the Engineers the only squad in the competition to have two team members gracing the top-five in the all-around.

The Cardinal and Gray began the day by sticking all six of its vaults, which head coach Jen Miller-McEachern called “a huge accomplishment this early in the year.” Laura E. Kelly ’09 impressed by notching an 8.925 with a brand new vault, while Zimmerman (9.300) and Katie M. Mingo ’10 (9.000) were MIT’s top scorers in the event.

Bars were next, and for the first time this season, the Engineers were able to put up six competitors. The extra routine made all the difference, as Tech had what Miller-McEachern referred to as “the best team performance of the year.” Zimmerman contributed a solid 9.250, while Harrison was MIT’s top scorer, finishing second overall with a 9.375.

The Engineers then moved on to the beam, where they racked up a team score of 46.00, best in the competition. Gillian S. Conahan ’10 put up a career-high 9.325, while Zimmerman (9.55) and Sarah N. Trowbridge ’08 (9.525) nabbed MIT’s best scores. Zimmerman’s mark placed her second overall in the event.

Tech concluded its afternoon on the floor exercise, where Zimmerman (9.500) and Harrison (9.350) continued to be the Engineers’ most consistent competitors with solid scores to finish the event.

“Finishing on floor in your home gym seems to add to the hosting experience and our routines continue to be crowd pleasers,” said Miller-McEachern. “I haven’t left a meet yet where the judges and spectators haven’t complimented our unique and beautifully choreographed routines.”

The Engineers will look for their first win of the season on Sunday, Jan. 28, when they travel to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown University in a meet that is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.