Rifle takes 2nd in four-way match
Coming off a resounding victory over Wentworth two weeks before, the MIT varsity rifle team encountered their toughest opposition of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10.
In a scheduled four-way match, the Beavers hosted Clarkson University, Brandeis, and the Royal Military College of Canada for a smallbore (.22 caliber) rifle and an air rifle match. When the smoke cleared, Clarkson was the overall winner, and MIT a close second.
The team results were as follows: (school; smallbore score; air rifle score.) Clarkson; 4461; 1480. MIT; 4223; 1430. Brandeis; -- ; 970. RMC (Canada); 3917; -- .
Team captain Sei Young Sohn '91 led the way for MIT, scoring 1077 in smallbore and 343 in air. Ann Perry '91 was high shooter in air with 365, and second in smallbore with 1072. Third place smallbore and second place air went to Migule Perales '93, scoring 1057 and 362, respectively. Fourth place on the smallbore scoring line went to Freshman Dorian Balch '94, who shot a respectable 1017. Third place air scoring line was Ian Blasch '93, who fired 360. Fourth and final air honors were garnered by Sohn.
"Clarkson has a good, well coached team," commented MIT coach Richard Dyer, "and I tip my cap to them for their well-earned win. It's tough going up against a team with three 1100 shooters on their roster, but those are the teams I like to shoot against -- it brings out the best in my shooters, as evidenced by our final score of 4223.
"It's our highest score of the season," Dyer continued, "but in that our next two opponents are Army and Navy, I can guarantee you we'll shoot even higher scores."
The Royal Military College, although not a member of the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference, requested permission to participate in the match and made a good showing.
"They have a limited amount of collegiate competition in Canada," Dyer said, "and I was impressed with their self-discipline and the professional manner in which they conducted themselves. It was a pleasure having them at MIT."
The Beavers are now 4-2 in the conference, and 5-2 overall.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, MIT will host the Cadets of West Point in a full course smallbore plus air match at the range beneath the Rockwell Cage.
(Editor's note: This article was submitted by members of the varsity rifle team.)