Rifle Easily Handles Mass. Maritime, Falls to Wentworth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT rifle squad competed against the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Wentworth Institute of Technology over the weekend at the DuPont shooting range. The Engineers cruised to a comfortable sweep of MMA, outshooting the Buccaneers 2160-2140 in air rifle and 2140-1983 in smallbore, while suffering a pair of narrow setbacks at the hands of Wentworth. Wentworth beat out the Cardinal and Gray with scores of 2186 in air and 2166 in smallbore.

Elizabeth Phillips and Nigel Kojimoto led the way for Tech, splitting team-high honors in each discipline. Phillips' score of 558 was the second-highest total in the competition, just one point behind Wentworth's top shooter. Kojimoto had an outstanding performance in the smallbore portion, posting a score of 559, the highest total of the weekend.  All six of the junior's shots were good for at least 90 points, including a pair of 97-point attempts.

Phillips would be the meet's runner-up in smallbore, with 547 points, as the Engineers went on to post their second-best team score of the season. Timothy Jenks pitched in with a total of 524 while Michael Batista also eclipsed the 500-point mark with 510 points.

Kojimoto was also impressive with the air rifle, finishing with a score of 554. Jenks (517) and Guilia Pantalone (531) rounded out the scoring in the air rifle portion.

MIT will return to action in next month's Bean Pot competition, hosted in the DuPont Range on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29.