CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT continued its strong start to the 2012-12 rifle season today as the Engineers shot their way past SUNY Maritime. MIT won both the smallbore and air rifle completions, with the combined score of 4,436 easily outdistancing Maritime's score of 4,062. Senior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) also continued her strong shooting this season, putting up the high score for the day in both disciplines.
Phillips started her smallbore round with a 99 and went on to fire a 560, bettering the rest of the competition by 13 to take high score honors. That second-place score belonged to MIT freshman Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) who turned in a 547. The Engineers, who outshot Maritime, 2,172-1,945, had the top four scores in the discipline to erase any chance of a Maritime win. Third and fourth place were close between a couple of Engineers, with senior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) edging out junior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.), 534-531. The top score for SUNY Maritime was a 500 from Joe Holomshek. Freshman Joshua Emig (Las Vegas, Nev.) was the other declared shooter for MIT and fired a 478 for the Engineers.
MIT had its best air rifle shooting of the season in the match, good enough in fact that one school record was broken and another tied. Phillips fired off two more rounds of 99 and had all six of her rounds score 96 or better as she tied the Institute record of 587 to easily capture high score honors. Phillips tied Emily Houston, who set her record back in the 2008-09 season. Thanks to the fine rounds turned in by Jenks, Liao and Wright, the Engineers also broke the record for a team score, combining to shoot a 2,264 to break the old mark of 2,251 set last season.
Liao fired a 565, including a pair of 97s. Wright was close behind with a 560, seeing all of her rounds score above a 90. Jenks came in with a 552, with his high round coming in at 95. Holomshek also had the high score for SUNY Maritime, matching Jenks with a 552 as Maritime finished with a total of 2,117. Emig finished with a 510 for MIT.
MIT will not return to the range for nearly a month, with its next action coming on Saturday, December 8 when the Engineers will host Massachusetts Maritime and Wentworth starting at 9:00 a.m.