LEXINGTON, Va. – It was a fine end of the season for the MIT rifle team as senior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) took the individual title in air rifle and led the Engineers to the top team score in air rifle and the second best score in small bore at the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference Championship held at VMI. Phillips posted a 586 in air rifle to top the field by 14 points.
Competing in the Master's Division against the VMI women's team in air rifle, the Engineers finished on top of the Keydets by a score of 2,239-2,194. Phillips was on her game for MIT, posing a round of 99, two of 98 and three 97s to complete her score of 586, which was just one off her school record. Freshmen Sara Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) posted a 570, including a pair of 97s, which established a new personal best. Junior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) was just one off her personal best, finishing just one point behind Wright with her 569. Freshman David D'Achiardi (Bogota, Colombia) completed the scoring for MIT with a 514.
Overall, Phillips finished ahead of Marie Madeleine Mallet and Kevin Jones from VMI who each shot a 572. In the overall team standings the VMI mixed team had the top finish with a score of 2,275. MIT was second with its 2,239, with Coast Guard third at 2,231.
In the small bore competition MIT took on the VMI mixed team in the Expert Division. In a close battle it was the Engineers that came out on top, edging past the Keydets by just two points, 2,186-2,184. Phillips led the way in this competition as well, firing a 99 and 98 on her way to a 566. Wright was close behind, finishing with a 560, with Liao adding a 531 and senior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) a 529 for the Engineers.
Phillips had the high score of all the competitors shooting at VMI, with Wright second. Teams from Akron and Navy were also part of the small bore competition, but they shot their scores elsewhere. With those scores in the mix, Phillips was seventh overall, with Wright sitting in 10th. Alan Agnew from Akron had the top overall score with a 580. MIT and the VMI mixed team were also 1-2 overall among the teams in Lexington, with the VMI men's squad third with a 2,125. Akron had the top overall team score with a 2,279, just edging out Navy which shot a 2,275.