- Location: New London, Conn. (United States Coast Guard Academy)
- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon in a match in Connecticut, the MIT rifle team dropped a 4,521-4,331 final to the United States Coast Guard Academy.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In smallbore, the Bears held a 2,261-2,142 advantage over the Engineers, along with a 2,260-2,189 edge in air rifle in the MAC matchup.
- MIT senior William Caruso (Toms River, N.J.) was the top performer for the Engineers with a total of 1,100 points. His top performance came in air rifle, where his score of 564 led MIT and was third overall for the day. Sophomore Thomas Rick (New Orleans, La.) was the No. 2 shooter for the Engineers at 1,078 points, including a team-high score of 541 in smallbore that was fifth overall.
- Senior David Bustillos (San Rafael, Calif.) was the No. 3 performer for MIT at 1,077, followed directly by sophomore Jesus Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.) just one point back at 1,076. Bustillos had a score of 548 in air rifle, while Herrera posted 536 in smallbore and 540 in air rifle.
- Rounding out the top five performers for MIT was sophomore Elijah Miller (Shavertown, Pa.) with a total of 1,037 points that included 538 in air rifle. Sophomore Ivy Li (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) tallied a score of 1,021 points, followed by freshman Landon Chu (Burke, Va.) at 1,009 to round out the MIT team.
- For Coast Guard, Hunter Blankenship was the top shooter with 1,147 points that included a match-high total of 577 in smallbore. Seth Strayer was second overall at 1,136 as he led the air rifle portion with a score of 572 points.
- MIT is back in action on Sunday, February 18th as the Engineers head to the NCAA Qualifier, which will be held in West Point, N.Y.