Rifle Team Sweeps USP in Air, Smallbore; Tech’s Houston Second in Both

The MIT rifle team swept the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in both guns on Saturday, picking up where it left off after last week’s solid start against VMI.

Emily F. Houston ’10 paced the Engineers in both events, securing scores of 562 in smallbore and 573 in air. USP’s Michelle Bauer, who was the top marksman during the tilt, out-dueled Houston on the last target card to take top individual honors in air rifle. Bauer scored a 95 in the final rotation to finish with a score of 574. Houston, who finished one point back in the aggregate, shot a 94 in her last attempt.

Bauer also earned the highest score in smallbore with a total of 576, but USP couldn’t match MIT’s depth, falling 2113-2100. The Engineers benefited from a few clutch performances, including a third-place score of 543 by Joseph K. Lane ’11. Lane was the only shooter to record a perfect score on one target card after firing a 100 from the prone position. Sarah R. Miles ’10 also performed well with a total of 529 points, highlighted by the fact that she shot in the 90’s on three separate occasions.

The Engineers had a little more breathing room in air rifle, where they finished ahead of USP, 2179-2141. Once again, Lane finished third after a total of 558, while Jennifer K. Paek ’10 closed strong to end with a score of 536 and a fourth-place finish in the individual standings. Miles closed out the scoring with a total of 512, while Justine Li ’10 finished just off the pace after shooting a 509.

MIT returns to competition on Saturday, Oct. 27 against Navy in a home match beginning at 8 a.m. in the duPont Athletic Center.