Monthly Archives: March 2014

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2014 Nationals Day 2

Day two is over (finally!).  Today there were three events.  The first was a “fun shoot” – 30 shots of sport rapid for the guys.  I’m not sure how accurately score was kept, and the range officers were rather cavalier about scoring system malfunctions, but MIT will definitely win the award for best costuming if one is given.

The Standard Pistol match came next.  We had six individuals qualify in this event, which made selecting a team of four quite challenging.  Coaches Yakov and Steve, with help from YinFu, chose our most experienced and usually best shooters, but everyone shot a bit below their averages and we ended up in sixth place as a team.  Our best shooter was Rebekah Cha ’16, a first-year shooter as a sophomore and not listed scoring on the team, with a 524, which was good for ninth overall.  The one consolation, I suppose, is that even if our four highest-scoring shooters had been listed as the team we still would have ended fourth and out of the awards.

After yet another delicious Subway lunch the day continued with the Women’s Sport Pistol match.  This turned out to be an entertaining and exciting event, and the team match was very closely contested.  Jackie Wu and Jennifer Hsu qualified for the finals in 6th and 8th, finishing is 7th and 8th overall. There was a tie for first in the team event, with Ohio State and Army both scoring 1590 (OSU won on the tie-breaker) and MIT in third *one point* behind. All three of our shooters feel badly about that one or two more points they might have gotten, but that is tempered by the fact that we won the Women’s Aggregate thanks to our strong performance in yesterday’s Women’s Air Pistol match.

The Championships conclude tomorrow with the Open Air Pistol match in the morning, followed by the awards banquet in the evening where we’ll collect our swag and, we hope, a few All-American awards as well.


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2014 Nationals Day 1

Two events were contested on the first day of competition – Women’s Air Pistol in the morning, and Open Free Pistol in the afternoon.  Our day started in great fashion with Jackie Wu (361), Jennifer Hsu (360), and Kristine Kim (359) combining to take first place in the team event, 9 points ahead of second-place North Dakota State University, with Ohio State third, Navy fourth, and Citadel fifth.  Jackie was our only individual qualifier; she finished fifth in the match and fifth after finals.  Jennifer and Kristine both shot well enough to make the finals, but because they hadn’t prequalified as individual competitors (qualification was based on Sectional scores) they were ineligible.

Our Free Pistol team consisted of individual qualifiers Jackie Wu and Nico Fine, plus Thuan Doan and Kristine Kim.  Unlike last year, where temperatures were in the high 30s or low 40s and everyone wore every scrap of clothing they could find, today was sunny with a light breeze and temperatures in the low 70s, with short sleeves the uniform of the day.  Three of our shooters were at or above average, but one encountered some serious difficulties that led to a low score, and we finished well out of the awards (this wasn’t actually surprising as we had qualified low).  It was a tough afternoon following such a good morning, but it’s over and behind us.

We’re looking forward to the Standard and Sport Pistol matches tomorrow.