Cambridge, Mass. (March 20) -- Seven members of the MIT rifle team have been recognized by the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) in its season-ending awards announcements.
Senior Kelly Mathesius (Aurora, Ill.) earned Second Team All-Conference honors both in smallbore and air rifle, marking the first All-Conference honors of her career. In six air rifle matches, Mathesius ranked seventh in the conference with an average score of 556. She followed that with an average of 532.20 in five smallbore competitions as that ranked her eighth in the league.
Five newcomers have also been named to the league's All-Rookie Team as the Engineers picked up half of 10 spots on the All-Rookie Team. Freshman Jesus Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.), freshman Dylan Modesitt (Belmont, Calif.), junior Alex Pacheco (Machesney Park, Ill.), freshman Thomas Rick (New Orleans, La.) and junior Joel Solis (Brownsville, Texas) were all honored by the MAC. This marks the most All-Rookie selections in a single season in MIT program history. Selections were based on the top 10 conference averages, regardless of discipline, for competitors utilizing their first year of collegiate rifle eligibility.
In addition, Mathesius, Solis and junior William Caruso (Toms River, N.J.) have all named to the MAC All-Academic Team for their academic and athletic performance. This is the second All-Academic honor for Mathesius, while Solis and Caruso are recognized for the first time in their careers. The top 20 student-athletes, who are not academic freshmen, that attain the highest combined overall grade point average, multiplied by 190 and added to the highest final smallbore or air rifle average, will determine the final ranking. The smallbore and air rifle averages must be computed from at least five separate matches.