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Strong show at NRA sectionals lifts rifle towards national ranking

By Matthew A. Machlis

and Isako Hoshino

The pistol team competed at the National Rifle Association Intercollegiate Pistol Sectionals held at the US Military Academy on Feb. 10, and once again proved its talent as a nationally competitive team.

In the air pistol event, MIT fired a solid 2160 out of a possible 2400 points, falling just 31 points behind first-place Army and beating Coast Guard by more than 50 points. In the standard pistol, the Engineers shot a 2026, placing third behind Coast Guard. In free pistol, MIT placed second with 2009 points, just 19 points behind Army.

Although the Engineers did not win the sectionals, these scores should rank MIT within the top ten teams nationally and thereby qualify them for the nationals in all three events.

The members of the scoring team were captain Frederic T. Chong '90, manager Matthew A. Machlis G, Eric C. Blau '91, and Kyle W. Blasch '93. Blau placed second individually in air pistol for the second year in a row, falling just one point short of first place. He is currently on the US Olympic Development Team.

Blasch won awards at sectionals this year for best ROTC individual in air and free pistol. He also broke his personal match high scores in all three events. Jeffrey S. Winslow '91 and Isako Hoshino G also broke or tied their match high scores. Hoshino, who placed eighth at last year's women's nationals, is expected to qualify again this year.

Other members of the team who competed at sectionals were Glenn W. Eswein '91, Cary P. Wong '93, and Christin S. Bera '91.

Nationwide sectional rankings will be available at the beginning of March. At that time, MIT will find out how many of its shooters will be invited to compete as individuals in the nationals (the top ten in each category compete).

(Matthew A. Machlis G and Isako Hoshino G are members of the pistol team.)