October 26, 2009

Rifle Suffers First Setback Despite Strong Showing

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Despite another strong outing by the MIT rifle team, the host Engineers suffered their first setback of the season, dropping a 4581-4405 decision to the United States Naval Academy in a Mid-Atlantic Conference match this past weekend. Tech fell, 2267-2178, in smallbore and 2314-2227 in air rifle.

The Engineers (2-1) were led by phenomenal efforts from Emily Houston, Nigel Kojimoto, Jennifer Paek, Justine Li, and Elizabeth Phillips. Houston led the group overall, shooting a 569 in smallbore and a 572 in air rifle, while Kojmoto followed with a 549 in smallbore and a personal high 573 in air. Paek, meanwhile, shot a personal best 548 in smallbore and a 543 in air, while Phillips posted a personal high 541 in air and a 512 in smallbore. Competing in just air rifle, Li registered a 539.

Other highlights included personal best scores for freshmen Tim Jenks and Giulia Pantalone, who shot 503 and 514 in smallbore and air, respectively.

"Giulia's 514 and Tim's 503 were quite impressive because they had never shot before coming to MIT and have only been shooting for six weeks," MIT head coach Jerry Mulloy beamed.

Also competing for MIT were Matthew Pires, who tallied 470 in smallbore and 454 in air, and Lionel Sotomayor, who shot 468 in smallbore and 498 in air.

Navy's Chris Burleson posted the event's top scores with a 581 in air rifle and a 576 in smallbore.

MIT will next compete at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.