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Pistol Team Members Go to Nationals

By Yueh Lee
Team Member

During the weekend of Feb. 14 and 15, the top pistol shooting schools in the Northeast area converged on West Point, N.Y. to participate in the Northeast Sectionals for Intercollegiate Pistol. Teams from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, State University of New York/Maritime, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and MIT participated in the event.

The sectional scores determine which schools and individuals will receive invitations to the national collegiate championships held in March at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

At West Point, MIT placed third in all three events -- air, free, and standard. Air and free pistol are slow fire events, while standard pistol involves rapid shooting. As a result of their strong performances, several MIT pistol team members won the right to compete at the national championships in two guns. Qualifying team members include Kyle Blasch '93, Jeffrey Winslow '92, Ari Mozes '93, and Antony Donovan '94.

Kyle Blasch also took first place in the ROTC division in all three events, and third overall in air pistol. Ari Mozes broke a personal record in air.

Pistol team had a rebuilding year with a strong group of freshman participating. They hope to cap off the year with a high ranking at nationals.