MIT Rifle Drops a Pair of Matches at Navy

Oct. 14, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT rifle team traveled to the U.S. Naval Academy over the weekend for a pair of matches with the Midshipmen, as well as the team from Penn State. On Saturday, the Engineers had scores of 2237 in smallbore and 2226 in air rifle, good for second among the three squads. On Sunday, in a head to head matchup with Navy, Tech was outshot by the host team 2288 to 2239 in smallbore and 2335 to 2225 in air rifle.

On Saturday, Junior Emily Houston and sophomore Joe Lane would match the top two marksmen from Navy in the smallbore category, shooting 576 and 573 respectively. However, the Engineers could not keep up with the host’s air rifle scores, as the top three point totals in that event belonged to Midshipmen. Nigel Kojimoto helped contribute to the second place finish, shooting 549 in smallbore category and 550 in air rifle. Jen Paek rounded out the scoring for Tech with scores of 539 in smallbore and 534 in air.

The Engineers returned to the range Sunday but were again outdueled by the Naval Academy in both guns. Houston had another accurate performance, with scores of 574 in smallbore and an impressive 588 in air rifle, just two points off the high score in the meet. The next three shooters for Tech finished within two points of each other in the smallbore category. Lane led the way with a 556, Kojimoto was one off that score with Paek just a point below that. Once again, the Midshipmen dominated the air rifle event, outshooting the Engineers by 110 points.

MIT will be back in action in two weeks when Navy comes to Cambridge for a meet, along with Wentworth, on Saturday, October 25.