The MIT Sport Pistol team kicked of tryouts with a total of 29 promising puppies seeking to become part of this year’s team. Tryouts will continue through Saturday, September 30, and will culminate in a practice match taking place that same day.
Written by team members Jennifer Hsu and Francisco Garcia, and coach Steve Goldstein.
Article found in The Tech volume 134 number 19, published on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, starting on page 16 (Sports section): http://tech.mit.edu/V134/PDF/V134-N19.pdf
Congratulations to Jackie Wu, who got Air Pistol Honorable Mention, Sport Pistol First Team, and Standard Pistol Second Team!
Congratulations to Jennifer Hsu and Kristine Kim, who both got Sport Pistol Honorable Mention!
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.
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.
Congratulations to Jackie Wu who qualified in all 5 events!
Qualified for all 5 events. Congratulations to the MIT women’s team for winning women’s aggregate!
Now that the Awards Banquet is over we know who got All-American
honors and in what events.
Christie Chiu ’13 received Second-Team All-American recognition in Air Pistol.
Wen Chyan ’13 received Second-Team recognition in Free Pistol,
First-Team in Standard Pistol, and Second-Team in Air Pistol.
Eddie Ha ’13 received Honorable Mention in Air Pistol.
As a final note, our Open Air Pistol team finished 7th out of 11
teams. Interestingly, the 2nd-place team was North Dakota State, not
an academy or Ohio State. It was nice to see more civilians on the
podium. Let’s hope that next year we have even more, including a few
from the small vocational school on the Charles.
The shooting is finished. The air pistol cylinders ammunition are on
their way back to MA via UPS, and all the equipment is packed and
ready for tomorrow’s return flight. I’m sitting in the hotel’s
breakfast room proctoring three exams. Maybe just once the
Championships will take place during MIT’s spring break. This
certainly puts us at a disadvantage as nearly all our opponents have
the week off and thus no academic concerns during the match.
First, a correction. The Standard Pistol Team ended 8th of 11, not
7th of 8 as I stated yesterday. That doesn’t make it a whole lot
better, but it does correct reportage.
Our Women’s Sport Pistol team finished 5th out of 5. Unfortunately,
teams need to be declared prior to the competition’s start; if I’d
guessed better we might have climbed a place. It was both a blessing
and a curse to have four individuals qualify for an event in which
teams are comprised of three persons.
Now on to today’s event, the Open Air Pistol match. Our four-senior
team of Christie Chiu, Wen Chyan, Eddie Ha, and Nick Torgerson did
reasonably well; Christie led with a 543, followed by Nick at 540, Wen
at 537, and Eddie at 526. The top eight individual finishers were
clustered between 563 and 553, so all our shooters were unfortunately
well out of the finals, and it seems unlikely we’ll garner a team
All that remains is tonight’s Awards Banquet where the presentations
of trophies and All-American honors will take place, and an
early-morning drive back to Atlanta for the flight home. Despite
losing four shooters to graduation, we expect a good core of returnees
and are already planning for and looking forward to next year.