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Rifle team defeats Cornell

By Ann Perry

The MIT Rifle Team defeated Cornell in both the smallbore and air rifle events in the first match of the season. The scores for smallbore were MIT 2045 and Cornell 2011.

In the smallbore competition, Chandra Bendix '90 led the team with a 553 out of a possible 600 points. Sei Young Sohn '91 followed with a 509. Team captain Ann Perry '91 shot a 495, and Kai Fu Chiong '92 rounded out the four-person team with a 482.

In air rifle, Bendix again led the team to victory with a score of 374 out of a possible 400 points. Sohn shot a 348; Perry and Chiang followed with scores of 339 and 329 respectively.

This was the first opportunity for new shooter, Miguel Perales '93 to compete with the team. He performed well in his first match.

Over the summer, Chandra Bendix '90 and Eugene Opsasnick '88 enjoyed a successful trip to the national matches at Camp Perry in Ohio. Bendix earned a silver in the sharp-shooter division for her standing scores and also a bronze for the three position match. Opsasnick also finished well with a third in the Expert division of the prone match. The MIT Brass Rats won the team three position match in the Expert division.

The Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships were held at MIT last March. MIT carried off the trophy for the Low-Expert division of smallbore.

With the help of new coach, Richard Dyer, the rifle team is on it's way to another successful season. The next match will be held on Nov. 4 at West Point.

(Ann Perry '91 is captain of the MIT rifle team.)