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Pistol team qualifies for national champioships in three events

By Isako Hoshino

The MIT varsity pistol team has qualified for the Intercollegiate National Championships in all three shooting events. The competition will be held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from April 5-9.

The three events in pistol shooting are standard, air, and free. For each event, the top ten ranking teams in the nation qualify for team competition, while the top 30 individuals qualify for the individual competition. Ranking is based on scores compiled from all the sectional meets in the country held in February.

MIT ranked third in air pistol with a team score of 2194 out of a possible 2400, just five points below the first-place US Military Academy. The Engineers also placed fifth in free and seventh in standard pistol. The scoring team members were Eric C. Blau '91, Fred Chong '90, Ken DeCanio '89, and Matt Machlis '89.

In the individual competition, Blau ranked third in air and fourth in free pistol. Blau is currently a member of the Olympic National Development team, and has earned a spot on the US Junior Air Pistol team going to the World Airgun Championships to be held in Sarajevo in late April. Chong, the team's captain, qualified 14th in air, while DeCanio, the senior manager, qualified 19th in air, 20th in standard, and was designated an alternate in free pistol. Isako Hoshino '89 also qualified for the Women's Individual Air Pistol competition.

"We have a very strong team this year going into the Nationals," DeCanio said. "We feel that we have a very good chance of doing well in all three team events, bringing medals back."

The MIT varsity pistol team has won several national championship events and has held several national records. The team won the free pistol championship last year at Colorado Springs, setting a national record in that event which still stands.

(Isako Hoshino '89 is a member of the MIT pistol team.)