MIT Rifle Closes Out Regular Season With Victory Over Penn State at MAC Championships

Senior Michael Batista
Senior Michael Batista

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Closing out its regular season by hosting the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference Championship, MIT's rifle team came up with a strong outing to wind up the 2011-12 campaign. Paired against a Penn State squad in air rifle competition, the Engineers came away with a 2249-2229 victory over the Nittany Lions.

Junior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) led the way for MIT, scoring at least a 94 in all six of her rounds to finish with a 573, a season-high score, as well as the seventh-best among all competitors. Just three points behind Phillips was senior Nigel Kojimoto (Honolulu, Hawaii), who fired a 570 that was good for 10th overall. Senior Jennifer de Bruijn (Harare, Zimbabwe) was next for MIT with her solid effort of 561. Sophomore Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) turned in a 545 and senior Michael Batista (Melbourne, Fla.) put up a 540 to complete the scoring for the MIT.

Also shooting in the air rifle competition were senior Christian Valledor (Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.) and freshman David Bocek (Loveland, Colo.) who turned in sores of 533 and 466 respectively.

While MIT did not compete as a team in the smallbore portion of the competition, several Engineers did compete as individuals. Kojimoto wound up with the highest score of the day in the Championships, turning in a 560. Phillips was close behind with her effort of 556, tying her for the second best score of the day. de Bruijn added a 539, while junior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) carded a 525.