MIT Rifle is victorious at MAC Championships

This past weekend our rifle team defeated Penn State in the Air Rifle competition of the MAC Championships. The Engineers finished the championships with 2249 points, a resounding 20 points ahead of Penn State. The Engineers’ sweet success may have come as a shock to the tough competition at Penn State, but the Engineers were hardly surprised. According to team captain Elizabeth A. Phillips ’13, the Engineers’ exceptional performance was a testament to the huge work that each member of the team put in over the last few months of the season. The team exhibited its admirable drive and unity as many shooters shot 4–13 points higher than their regular season averages for air rifle. Although the Engineers were disappointed to not qualify as a team for the smallbore side of the competition, they dominated this event individually. In fact, the sum of their individual smallbore scores would have put them ahead of Penn State as well as the Virginia Military Institute to win the division. The Engineers’ victory at the MAC Championships was a tremendous result and a great conclusion to the season.

Additionally, this season was an excellent start to first year coach Melissa Mulloy-Mecozzi’s very promising career here at MIT. The rifle team will be losing some key senior talent this year, but they are very excited to build on this year’s success in the upcoming season.

—Gordon Glober ’14