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Pistol Tops Coast Guard

The MIT pistol team defeated the host U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 6,004-5,874 last weekend. The women completed the sweep with a 2,663-2,470 decision over the Bears.

Fuzhou Hu ’09 registered a dominating performance in air pistol with a tally of 551 as the team went on to record a 2,147-2,113 victory. Christine T. Hsueh ’10 came in second for MIT with a 539 as Coast Guard’s Alyssa McDonald rounded out the top three with a score of 537. Andrew K. Sugaya ’11 extended the Engineers’ margin by finishing one point behind her while the Bears’ next shooters posted marks of 530 and 526. Mahati Chintapalli ’11 capped off the scoring for MIT with a total of 521, one point ahead of Coast Guard’s Heather Johanson.

In standard pistol, MIT emerged with a narrow 1,995-1,991 decision over the Bears. Sugaya led off the competition by shooting a 527, which was followed by a 526 from Coast Guard’s Joshua Schwartz. Hu responded with a total of 495, just edging out John Mansolillo’s mark of 494.

Once again, Hu paced MIT’s efforts with a 506 outing in free pistol. Schwartz and the Bears’ Weston Kruse both shot a 474, but the Engineers closed out the competition behind strong performances from Sugaya (467), Benjamin M. Chang ’10 (445), and Gregory I. Telian ’11 (444).

On the women’s side, the Cardinal and Gray defeated the Bears, 1,069-1,037, in air pistol. Hsueh captured the top spot with a total of 363, which was closely followed by McDonald’s 361. That was as close as the scores would get as Michelle C. Ma ’10 and Lihua Bai ’09 turned in marks of 356 and 350 respectively for the Engineers.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

MIT Men’s Fencing Opens Season At the Big One

Both the MIT men’s and women’s fencing teams were well represented at The Big One held this past weekend. Igor Kopylov ’09 led the charge for the men by capturing fifth place in sabre. Daniel S. Levine ’12 finished sixth in foil. Gabriel A. Chan ’09 equaled his career-best performance by tying for seventh place in epee action.

Maximilian L. Brand ’11 bolstered MIT’s efforts in sabre with a 12th-place finish as Rangarajan D. Nadadur ’10 claimed the 18th spot. Vinayak Ramesh ’12 (28th) and Isaac P. Businger ’11 (40th) rounded out the squad.

The remaining members of the foil team finished closely together, with Benjamin T. Switala ’09 leading the way at 16th, followed by Richard C. LaGrandier ’11 (18th), and Benjamin N. Nield ’12 (20th). Chrisantha J. Perera ’12 claimed the 36th slot while Siraj Z. Ali ’12 ranked 51st.

In epee, Matt L. Gethers ’09 placed 19th while Damon C. Henry ’10 posted the next finish at 30th. Carter A. Chang ’12 placed two spots behind him as Javier J. Ordonez ’10 (44th) and Kieran A. Mclaughlan ’11 (T-70th) closed out the day.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Women’s Fencing Rookies Shine At the Big One

The MIT women’s fencing team had freshmen Robin S. Shin ’12, Lauren M. Chilton ’12, Molly A. Kozminsky ’12, and Kirsten Hessler ’12 each finish in the top seven of their respective weapons at their first intercollegiate competition. Shin placed second in sabre and Chilton claimed sixth place while Kozminsky ranked right behind her. Hessler led the Engineers’ efforts in epee with a seventh-place finish. For the second time in her career, Cordelia S. Link ’10 led the field in foil action.

Rounding out the sabre squad was Elena A. Tatarchenko ’11 in 14th place, followed by Hareem Ahmad ’10 (28th), Laura A. Evans ’10 (31st), and Jennifer L. Allen ’10 (64th).

In foil, Jenna G. Caldwell ’11 captured 13th place as Julia A. Hopkins ’12 posted the next finish at 24th. Lindley C. Graham ’10 trailed three spots behind Hopkins while Shuchen Song ’11 and Ana S. Escalante ’12 placed 46th and 56th, respectively.

Following Hessler’s seventh-place performance, Stephanie H. Shin ’10 claimed the 13th spot in the epee competition. Breanna R. Peterman ’12 finished 23rd while Sophie. M. Monahan ’11 (29th) and Kristin D. Kuhn ’11 (36th) completed MIT’s contingent.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff