October 14, 2007

MIT Rifle Sweeps USP

Oct. 13, 2007

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The MIT rifle team swept the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) in both guns on Saturday, picking up where it left off after last week's solid start against VMI.

Emily Houston paced the Engineers in both events, securing scores of 562 in smallbore and 573 in air. USP's Michelle Bauer, who served as the top marksman during the tilt, out-dueled Houston on the last target card to take top individual honors in air rifle. Bauer scored a 95 in the final rotation to finish with a score of 574. Houston, who finished one point back in the aggregate, shot a 94 in her last attempt.

Bauer also earned the highest score in smallbore with a total of 576, but USP couldn't match MIT's depth in falling, 2113-2100. The Engineers benefited from a few clutch performances, led by rookie Joseph Lane's third-place score of 543. Lane was the only shooter to record a perfect score on one target card after firing a 100 from the prone position. Sarah Miles also performed well. Her total of 529 was highlighted by the fact that she shot in the 90's on three separate occasions.

The Engineers had a little more breathing room in air rifle, where they finished ahead of USP, 2179-2141. Once again, Lane finished third after a total of 558, while Jennifer Paek closed strong to end with a score of 536 and a fourth-place finish in the individual standings. Miles closed out the scoring with a total of 512, while Justine Li finished just off the pace after shooting a 509.