CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The host MIT rifle team finished second of five teams at its annual Beanpot event this past weekend, while winning out in its collegiate sectional match. The whole outing featured 82 competitors from five schools and 11 teams.
Winning two gold medals at the sectionals, Nigel Kojimoto was the top shooter for the Cardinal and Gray, posting a new personal high score of 575 in air rifle, while Justine Li (559 air), Giulia Pantalone (535 air) and Lionel Sotomayor (512 smallbore) also registered personal bests. Overall, as team this season, MIT stands at 9-3 in smallbore and 11-2 in air.
In the Beanpot, the Engineers fell to Akron University 2257-2193 in smallbore and 2277-2243 in air for its second shoulder-to-shoulder loss of the campaign. Tech defeated Penn State University, which shot 2104 in smallbore and 2144 in air.
In the three school sectional match, Tech beat out Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wentworth's women squad, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, shooting a 2195 in smallbore and 2243 in air. Kojimoto won the gold medals in air rifle and smallbore, shooting a 561 in the latter with a 92 on the last kneeling target. Emily Houston took home the bronze in smallbore with a score of 559, while Coast Guard's John Sloan captured the silver with a 561 and an 89 an on the last kneeling target.
Wentworth's Angelo Ngo won the silver in air rifle with a score of 568, while Sloan took the Bronze with a 566.
As a team, Wentworth scored a 2092 in smallbore and a 2223 in air; the Wentworth women tallied a 1984 in air; and Coast Guard checked in at 2076 in smallbore and 2192 in air.
MIT will compete at Coast Guard on February 13.