- Location: New London, Conn.
- The Lead: In the NCAA qualifier on Saturday, the MIT rifle team dropped a 4,467-4,302 final to the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Engineers fell 2,195-2,131 in the small bore portion, along with a 2,272-2,171 margin in air rifle.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- On Saturday, freshman Jesus Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded a personal-best score in small bore as he totaled 554 points to better his previous best by a 39-point margin. He also picked up 541 points in the air rifle to finish fourth overall with a season-best 1095 points.
- Freshman Dylan Modesitt (Belmont, Calif.) placed seventh overall with 1082 points, notching season bests in both small bore and air rifle at 541 points each. Junior William Caruso (Toms River, N.J.) was eighth overall with season bests in small bore and air rifle that totaled 1073 points overall. Caruso picked up 526 points in small bore, along with 547 in air rifle.
- Herrera was third overall in small bore with his 554-point total and was joined in the top 10 by junior Alex Pacheco (Machesney Park, Ill.) in 10th in small bore at 518. In the air rifle, freshman Thomas Rick (New Orleans, La.) finished sixth in that area with a season-best total of 549 points.
- Nicholas Paisker won the overall event with 1134 points, picking up 557 points in small bore and 577 in air rifle. He was first overall in air rifle, while Randall Ford was tops in small bore for Coast Guard at 561 points.
- MIT is back in action on March 4th as the Engineers travel to Coast Guard for the MAC Championship.