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MIT Depth Critical Factor In Weekend Pistol Victories Against Merchant Marine

By Mindy Brauer

MIT posted a pair of victories in a double-dual meet this weekend against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

The Engineers edged out the Mariners 6,263-5,886 on Saturday and 4,346-4,204 on Sunday.

Edward S. Huo ’08 captured first place in air pistol with a total of 553, which was followed by a 548 from Joshua Cox of the Mariners. Daipan Lee ’07, Diana Nee ’07, and Fuzhou Hu ’09 finished right behind each other with scores of 546, 545, and 544, respectively. As a team, the Engineers emerged from air pistol with a slim 2,188-2,111 victory.

Cox won the free pistol event with a score of 525, but Tech countered by winning the next four places en route to a 1,967-1,836 decision. Daniel Jang ’10 paced Tech with a 509, followed by Daipan Lee’s 495, Hu’s 494, and Samuel Lee’s 469.

In standard pistol, Cox recorded his second victory of the day with a tally of 552. It would not be enough as all four of MIT’s scores were above the 500-mark, powering it to a 2,108-1,939 win. Nee paced the Engineers with a total of 542, followed by Daipan Lee (528), Samuel K. Lee ’07 (521), and Pravin R. Palaniappan ’07 (517).

Since Merchant Marine does not sponsor a women’s team, the women Engineers were unchallenged but shot anyway. They scored 1,067 in the air portion and 1,583 in the sport portion. Nee led the way with a 369 in air while YunJa Chen ’07 shot a 354. Kendall M. Werts ’07 rounded out the group with a mark of 344. In sport pistol, Nee paced the squad with a total of 541. Chen finished close behind with a score of 539 as Werts registered a 503.

On Sunday, MIT narrowly defeated the Mariners 2,196-2,150 in air pistol. Cox was again the winner with a 558, but Nee closed the gap by shooting a 552. Palaniappan (550), Daipan Lee (549), and Samuel Lee (545) placed third through fifth to seal the win as Merchant Marine’s next shooter came in at 535.

Nee picked up her first win of the day following a 549 performance in standard pistol as Cox finished two points behind her. Palaniappan shot a 542, followed by Hu’s 538 and Daipan Lee’s 521, which resulted in a 2,150-2,054 victory.

In women’s air pistol, Nee led the group with a tally of 372 en route to a 1,060 team total. Chen and Werts wrapped up the scoring with marks of 352 and 336, respectively.