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Members of the Men’s Rifle team compete against the U.S. Naval Academy and Wentworth Institute of Technology on Friday. The men’s and women’s teams scored a combined total of 4,435 points, including a school record score of 2251 in air rifle, to place second in the competition.
Christopher A. Maynor—The Tech
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Michael A. Batista ’12 competes in the Men’s Smallbore event during Friday’s rifle competition against the U.S. Naval Academy and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Christopher A. Maynor—The Tech

Rifle team challenges Naval Academy

This weekend the rifle team broke the MIT school record score in air rifle, setting a new high with 2251 points out of a possible 2400. To give an idea of what this event involves, consider that in order to get the highest possible score on each of 60 targets, competitors have to hit a dot the size of a period from 10 meters away, while standing and supporting the rifle for two hours. The team also scored 2184 in smallbore, a season best so far. The Naval Academy won with 2203 in air rifle and 2273 in smallbore.

Nigel C. Kojimoto ’12 was the top shooter from MIT in both events, scoring 564 in smallbore and 576 in air rifle. Elizabeth A. Phillips ’13 took second in smallbore with a 546, Jennifer C. de Bruijn ’12 took third with 542 and Michael A. Batista ’12 placed fourth with 532. In air rifle, de Bruijn had the second highest team score with a 566, followed by Phillips with a 558 and Tim R. Jenks ’13 with a 512.

Next weekend the team will travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for the second-to-last match of the semester.

—Jennifer C. de Bruijn, Team Representative