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Rifle falls to Norwich, but beats Penn State

By Ann Perry

The MIT varsity rifle team placed a close second in a three-way match against Norwich University and Pennsylvania State University last Saturday. The smallbore scores were 4268 for Norwich, 4252 for MIT, and 3604 for Penn State. In the air rifle competition, Norwich again won over MIT. The scores were 1411 for Norwich, 1370 for MIT, and 1174 for Penn State.

The smallbore match was a full course, which consists of 40 shots each in the prone, standing, and kneeling positions. Chandra Bendix '90 led the team with a score of 1137 out of a possible 1200. The other scoring members were Sei Young Sohn '91 with a 1034, John Piatkowski '93 with a 1061, and Gail Benson '90 with a 1015. Also shooting were Kai Chiang '92 with a 920 and Miguel Perales '93 with a 926.

The air rifle competition was 40 shots in the standing position. Bendix again led the team with a score of 374 out of a possible 400. Sohn followed with a 349, and Benson and Piatkowski shot 327 and 319 respectively.

The rifle team also competed in a three-way match with Kutztown University and the US Military Academy at West Point on Nov. 4. The final scores were Army with a 4506, Kutztown with a 4175, and MIT with a 4135. Competing for MIT were Piatkowski, who led the team with a 1049, Sohn with a 1037, Benson with a 1036 and team captain Ann Perry '91 with a score of 1013.

MIT also lost to West Point in air rifle . The scores were 1520 to 1364. Ann Perry led the team with a score of 350. Piatkowski scored a 349, Sohn a 342, and Benson a 323.

While most of the team was at West Point, Bendix was shooting at Prado Tiro, the Olympic shooting facility near Los Angeles, CA. She shot well in the women's three position smallbore competition, placing eighth overall, which secured her a place in the shoot-off.

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