- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (duPont Rifle Range)
- The Lead: Over the weekend at the duPont Rifle Range, the MIT rifle team fell to John Jay by a 4,430-4,323 final as the Bloodhounds claimed the 2018 Beanpot. The other competing teams at the event were Canisius, SUNY, Wentworth and Yale as the Engineers defeated each of those teams on Saturday. On Sunday, MIT defeated both Canisius and Wentworth as the teams competed only in air rifle. The Engineers totaled 2,163 points while the Griffins had 2,084 points and the Leopards posted a score of 2,073.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- On Saturday in smallbore, John Jay's Lily Graham led all shooters with a score of 558, followed by Eliza Kotowska with a 541. MIT senior William Caruso (Toms River, N.J.) was the top Engineer in third at 538, followed closely by sophomore Jesus Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.) with a total of 537. Senior David Bustillos (San Rafael, Calif.) was sixth overall in smallbore at 532, followed by Jared Westhoven of Canisius with a 530 score. For SUNY, their top performer was Bradley Boomhower at 528, while Yale's top shooter was Ryan Ogasawara at 498.
- In the air rifle segment, Graham was outstanding again as she led four Bloodhounds atop the standings with a total of 574 points. Caruso was the top shooter for MIT again at 559, followed by Bustillos in sixth with a total of 547. Westhoven was the leader for Canisius in seventh at 546, followed by a trio of Wentworth shooters that was led by Tobias Tirell with a score of 545. SUNY was led in the segment by David Tindall, who finished 15th at 534.
- On Sunday, Caruso was the overall winner as his score of 562 led the Engineers, who outpointed the Griffins to win by a 79-point margin. Bustillos was the second MIT finisher and third overall at 547, followed by sophomore Ivy Li (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) at 532 and sophomore Thomas Rick (New Orleans, La.) at 522. Herrera was fifth for MIT at 518. Westhoven was the top shooter for Canisius at 538, while Connor Stadnicki posted a score of 549 to pace Wentworth.
- MIT is back in action on Saturday, February 17th as the Engineers travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a 9 a.m. start in New London, Conn. The team also competes the following day at the NCAA Qualifier, which is being held in West Point, N.Y.