NEW LONDON, Conn. – MIT's rifle team traveled to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today for the NCAA Qualifier match and came away with a victory over the Bears in small bore, before dropping a close, 10-point decision in the air rifle competition. Overall the Engineers scored 4,445 points to 4,424 for the Bears.
Sophomore Sarah Wright (Christchurch, New Zealand) tied for top individual honors in small bore with Coast Guard's Nicholas Paisker with each shooting a 558. The top five individuals all finished within eight points of each other, as freshman Jia Yi Goh (Singapore) and senior Kaiying Liao (Issaquah, Wash.) putting up scores of 551 and 550, while Alexis Chavarria-Aguila fired a 552 for the Bears. Freshman Kelly Mathesius (Aurora, Ill.) provided the deciding points for MIT in its 2190-2159 win with her career-high score of 531.
Paisker led Coast Guard to a 2265-2255 win over MIT in air rifle with a round of 579 that included a perfect score of 100. Liao was just three points behind to take second overall for the Engineers, getting off one round of 99 on her way to a new career best of 576. Wright finished just behind Liao with a 571, while Goh and sophomore Abra Shen (Toronto, Ontario) rounded out the scoring for the Engineers with totals of 567 and 541 respectively. MIT did take a win in air rifle over Wentworth, with the Leopards turning in a team total of 2013.