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Pistol Tops Coast Guard in Collegiate Sectional

In its final tune-up before the National Rifle Association (NRA) Intercollegiate Championship, the MIT pistol team secured a 6,168-5,960 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy this past weekend. The women’s squad was also victorious, registering a 2,655-2,607 decision.

The Engineers captured the top four spots in air pistol en route to a 2,203-2,091 win. Fuzhou Hu ’09 led the way with a score of 560, followed by Patrick B. Wu ’10 (554), Gregory I. Telian ’11 (550), and Michelle C. Ma ’10 (539).

In standard pistol, Coast Guard edged out the Engineers by 10 points (2,024-2,014). Andrew K. Sugaya ’11 and Ma finished 1-2 for MIT with marks of 527 and 512. The Bears filled the next three slots with totals of 510, 507, and 505. Hu posted a score of 504 as Coast Guard’s final shooter notched a 502. Drew D. Regitsky ’10 closed out the event with a tally of 471.

MIT bounced back with a 1,951-1,845 decision in free pistol. Hu paced the squad with a total of 504 while Telian and Sugaya notched marks of 497 and 492, respectively. The Bears narrowed the gap with scores of 486 and 477, but it would not be enough as Wu shot a 458 to close out the match.

Ma was the top performer in women’s air pistol as her tally of 362 helped power MIT to a 1,054-1,036 victory. Coast Guard captured the next two slots but, Ji-Soo Kim ’11 and Xudan Liu responded with marks of 347 and 345 to secure the slim win.

In women’s sport pistol, the Engineers recorded a 1,601-1,571 win. Ma once again led the way with a total of 561 while Lihua Bai ’09 finished third with a 526. Liu wrapped up the competition with a 514.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Men’s Gymnastics Places Second at New England Invitational

The MIT men’s gymnastics team tallied 312.500 points, finishing behind host Springfield College’s total of 318.950 at the New England Invitational held this past weekend. MIT posted a trio of top-10 finishes in the all-around. Thomas S. Caldwell ’09 finished third with a total of 79.200 as Boris Rasin ‘09 ranked right behind him with a 78.550. Jacob T. Shapiro ’11 captured eighth place with a score of 76.050.

On the floor exercise, Caldwell and Rasin tied for eighth with a mark of 13.300. Brett S. Lazarus ’12 and Jacob S. Sharpe ’11 both registered totals of 12.800 for 13th place.

Caldwell captured the top spot in the pommel horse (13.500), Rasin tied for fourth (12.550), and Lazarus ranked 10th with a score of 11.950. Shapiro finished half a point behind Lazarus, securing 18th place.

Shapiro took first on the rings (13.400). Lazarus ranked fourth with a total of 13.000, just four-tenths of a point behind Shapiro’s winning mark. Rasin and Caldwell followed closely with scores of 12.950 and 12.550, good for fifth and sixth place.

Shapiro led the charge on the vault, claiming ninth place with a tally of 14.400. Caldwell finished in 14th place (13.850) as Rasin tied for 19th (13.600).

MIT’s athletes finished closely together on the parallel bars. Lazarus paced the squad (14th, 12.900), followed by Rasin (16th, 12.550), Shapiro (16th, 12.550), and Caldwell (T-21st, 12.350).

MIT had a strong showing on the high bar as Lazarus led the way with a score of 14.200 en route to a second-place finish. Caldwell claimed the next spot (13.650) while Rasin ranked fourth (13.600).

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff