October 15, 2011

Rifle Opens At Home with Wins over John Jay and Wentworth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a couple of weeks off, the MIT rifle team made its home debut this weekend a successful one. The Engineers hosted John Jay College and the Wentworth Institute of Technology and came away with the top scores in both the smallbore and air rifle competitions to sweep the matches, running its record to 6-0 for the season.

MIT scored a 2167 in the smallbore portion of the match, with John Jay second with a 1989 and Wentworth third with a 1917. The Engineers took the air rifle match with 2222 points, with John Jay totaling 2164 and Wentworth 2028. Both of MIT's scores were its best of the young season.

Senior Nigel Kojimoto (Honolulu, Hawaii) had a solid outing for MIT, posting the top scores in both smallbore and air rifle. His 560 score in small bore was his best of the season and led all competitors, while his 572 in air rifle was also a season best and was tied with John Jay's Jenna Hansen for the top score in the match.

Junior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) had the second-highest smallbore score for MIT with a 540, good for third among all competitors. Senior Jennifer de Bruijn (Harare, Zimbabwe) added a season best 535 for MIT while senior Michael Batista (Melbourne, Fla.) totaled a 532, also a season-high.

Phillips was also second on the squad in air rifle with her effort of 558. Close behind was de Bruijn who fired a season best score of 556, with Batista rounding out the scoring with a 536.

MIT will be back in action at home in its next outing, hosting Navy and Wentworth on October 28-29.