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Varsity rifle team enjoys fruitful IAP

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By Ann Perry

The MIT varsity rifle team had a busy and exciting IAP.

On Jan. 14, MIT hosted a match with the US Air Force Academy. The match provided a chance to shoot against one of the best teams in the nation. In the smallbore competition, the scores were 4550 for Air Force to MIT's 4281.

Chandra Bendix '90 led the team with a score of 1128. Sei Young Sohn '91 contributed a score of 1065, Gail Benson '90 had a personal high of 1046, and John Piatkowski '93 scored a 1042. The high score of the match was an impressive 1160 for the Air Force's Meger.

In the air rifle competition, the final score was Air Force 1508, MIT 1395. Shooting for the Engineers were Bendix with a 374, Ann Perry '91 with a 348, Benson with a 338, and Miguel Perales '93 with a 335. High score for the match was 386 by the Air Force's Weisenburger.

The following Saturday, on Jan. 20, MIT hosted a match against the US Coast Guard Academy. This time, the Engineers were victorious. The final score in smallbore was MIT with 2115, Coast Guard 2047.

Bendix led the match with a score of 572 despite equipment problems in the first part of the match which forced her to leave the line. Team captain Perry contributed 520 to the score, followed closely by Benson with 519. Kai Chiang '92 posted the fourth score with a 504.

MIT was also victorious against Coast Guard in the air rifle competition. The final score total was 1402-1301 MIT. The MIT team consisted of Bendix (375), Perry (350), Perales (340), and Benson (337).

The Collegiate Sectionals took place a week later. Shooting at MIT were Wentworth, Norwich, the Engineers and special guest North Carolina State. NC State did not compete in the sectionals, but instead used this match as a normal head-to-head match with MIT. The final scores were NCSU 4293, MIT 4281, Norwich 4167, and Wentworth 3809 in smallbore, and MIT 1429, NCSU 1411, and Norwich 1315 in the air. (Wentworth did not compete in this event.)

In smallbore, Bendix won the medal for high score of the match with an 1132. Sohn finished second highest with an 1072. Also shooting for MIT were Piatkowski (1044) and Benson (1033).

In the air rifle competition, Bendix again took top honors with a score of 372. The medal for second high score of the match went to Perales with a 356. Perry and Sohn rounded out the winning team, scoring 348 and 353, respectively. Members of the winning teams received mugs.

MIT is proving to be a strong contender in the Mid-Atlantic Conference League, and with strong performances from freshmen Piatkowski and Perales, the team can look forward to more victories in the coming years.

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