The Tech’s Athlete of the Week: Sophia L. Harrison ’08
For the second time in the past month, Sophia L. Harrison ’08 was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Gymnast of the Week following her highlight-filled performance in a dual meet at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday, Feb. 2. The co-captain tied her career-best mark of 9.550 on the vault before setting new career-bests on the beam (9.550) and in the all-around (38.100) en route to a first-place individual finish.
Harrison’s 38.100 all-around score shattered her previous personal-best mark of 37.875 and was just two-tenths of a point away from matching the Institute record of 38.300, set by teammate Julia C. Zimmerman ’09 last year. The score also marked the first time this season that any gymnast in the ECAC topped the coveted tally of 38.000. Harrison placed second overall at the meet on the floor exercise (9.600), vault and beam, while placing sixth on the uneven bars (9.400).
Harrison continued her phenomenal play this past Saturday in a tri-meet hosted by MIT, winning the all-around competition again with a score of 38.075. Her performance included team high finishes on the uneven bars (9.500) and the balance beam (9.500), placing third and fifth overall in those events, respectively. Despite helping MIT earn its highest team score of the season (183.225), the Engineers still fell to visiting Southern Connecticut State University (187.575) and the State University of New York at Brockport (185.950).
—Jeff Lemieux, DAPER Staff