CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After starting the season with a victory yesterday, the MIT rifle team saw its record evened today as the Engineers dropped a decision to Rose Hulman by a final of 4,414-4,372. Senior Elizabeth Phillips (Anchorage, Alaska) had an outstanding outing for the Engineers, posting the top scores of the day in both smallbore and air rifle.
In smallbore Rose Hulman edged past MIT by just 13 points, 2,180-2,167. Phillips shot a 563, edging out Evan Carlson from Rose Hulman by two points for individual honors. Freshman David D'Achiardi (Bogota, Colombia) finished fourth overall for MIT, firing a 539. Rose Hulman took the next two spots before senior Timothy Jenks (The Woodlands, Texas) put up a 533 to finish seventh overall. Freshman Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) rounded out the MIT scoring with a 532.
Phillips took the air rifle competition by four points with a 572, but Rose Hulman was able to take the next four positions to finish with a 2,234-2,205 edge. Junior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) and Wright tied for the second best MIT score, a 547. Jenks added a 539 to complete the scoring for the Engineers.
MIT will be back in the range for its next competition on November 3 when it hosts the University of the Sciences from Philadelphia at 9:00 a.m.