CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its last action of the 2011 calendar year, the MIT Rifle team continued in its winning ways, picking up victories over the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The Engineers, who swept both the air rifle and small bore competitions, downed the Buccaneers by a final of 4,354-3,827. It was closer against the Jaguars, but the result was the same, a 4,354-4,217 decision for MIT. The victories ran MIT's record to 14-2 this season.
Senior Nigel Kojimoto (Honolulu, Hawaii) led the way for MIT, posting the team's top scores in both air rifle and small bore. His 573 in air rifle led all competitors and was just three off his season-high. Firing a 550 in small bore, he was second overall in the competition.
Junior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) fired off a season best score of 562 in air rifle to finish second overall in the meet. Seniors Michael Batista (Melbourne, Fla.) and Jennifer de Bruijn (Harare, Zimbabwe) rounded out the scoring for the Engineers, coming in within one point of each other with totals of 534 and 535.
Phillips was also second on the squad in small bore, totaling a 548 to finish just two points behind Kojimoto. Junior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) was next for MIT, posting a season best score of 529, with de Bruijn finishing off the Engineers scoring with a 523.
Senior Christian Valledor (Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.) also posted strong effort for the Engineers, shooting season highs of 498 in small bore and 523 in air rifle.
MIT will not be back in action until January 28 when the Engineers will host the annual Beanpot competition that will include squads from Coast Guard, Penn State and Wentworth.