Men's Gymnastics Places Second At New England Championships

Boris Rasin '09 and Bradley J. Sutton '07 secured the top two spots in the all-around gymnastics competition to help the Engineers to finish second of six at last weekend's New England Invitational Championships hosted by Springfield College.

Springfield won the event with a score of 186.550, while MIT (181.900) and James Madison University (164.900) rounded out the top three.

Also competing with incomplete teams were defending champion Temple University (129.350), University of Vermont (123.850), and a team from USA Gymnastics (64.800). Individuals representing SUNY-Brockport and a number of other clubs also took part in the invitational.

Rasin grabbed the all-around crown for the second straight competition with a season-high score of 47.500 ­— more than two full points higher than teammate and second-place finisher Sutton, who amassed 45.450.

The Engineers picked up individual victories in two events, as Rasin was tops among all competitors in the still rings (8.650) and Thomas S. Caldwell '09 won the high bar with a point-total of 8.250.

Joshua S. Coblen '08 notched the Cardinal and Gray's best score in floor exercise with an 8.000, which was good enough for second place in the event. Meanwhile, Sutton was the best Engineer in pommel horse (8.400), vault (7.300), and parallel bars (8.250).

R. J. Heflin, representing the club Gym and More, was impressive, winning the floor exercise (8.950), pommel horse (9.200), and parallel bars (9.000).

MIT will return to Springfield and Blake Arena on Sunday, March 11, when it will compete in a tri-meet against Springfield and the College of William and Mary at 2:00 p.m.