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Rifle falls to Coast Guard

In its final competition of the regular season, the MIT Rifle team traveled to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and suffered a pair of narrow set-backs in both the smallbore and air rifle portions of the meet. The Engineers finished just 25 points behind the hosts in smallbore, with a final score of 2114-2091, and were defeated 2194-2135 in air. Elizabeth A. Phillips ’13 led the way for Tech in both guns and had the second highest air rifle score in the meet.

Phillips scored better than 90 on all six air rifle targets on her way to a total of 562, just four points behind the leading shooter on the day. Giulia B. Pantalone ’13 had a solid effort, posting a score of 527. Michael A. Batista ’12 (525) and Rebecca L. Gould ’11 (521) rounded out the air rifle scoring for the Cardinal and Gray.

In smallbore, Phillips (539) and Lionel F. Sotomayor ’12 (526) helped Tech account for two of the three highest scores. However, Coast Guard displayed just a bit more depth with its remaining shooters to come away with the victory by a slim margin.

The Engineers will compete in the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference Championship in two weeks. The championship will take place on Saturday, Feb. 26 and is hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff