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Riflers Head South for Championship

On Friday, March 5, the varsity rifle team heads south to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. -- site of the 1993 Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference championship. The team's 20-6 record in smallbore, .22 caliber, rifle placed it at the top of its division, qualifying it to compete in the championship. This win-loss record is the best of any MIT rifle team in recent memory.

In the air rifle discipline, the team earned a 16-7 record, putting them in second place and qualifying them to compete for the air rifle championship as well.

Since riflery is a NCAA Division I sport, the Tech sharpshooters will be facing formidable opposition from Navy, Norwich College, DePaul University, Princeton University, and Columbia University, to name but a few of the qualifiers. "We've gone head-to-head with some of the best in the country since last October," commented Coach Dyer, "and we're not about to be intimidated now. We've worked too hard and come too far to settle for anything less than victory. If you think you can win, you can win. We believe we can win!"

Led by team Captain Dorian Balch '94, the Engineers will be represented by Kai Chiang '93, Miguel Perales '93, Ting-Hsuan Wu '93, George Hadjiyiannis '94, Arte Merritt '95, and Chris Sarton '96. "These men are a great group of competitors," Dyer continued, "and this past season they left a lot of coaches scratching their heads in wonderment and disbelief. MIT is not expected to perform at this high level -- only problem was no one bothered to tell us."

A total of fourteen teams will be competing in the tournament, but the Engineers plan on coming home with nothing less than gold.