Today saw the first day of competition at the Collegiate National
Championships, being held once again on the ranges of the Army
Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia. This year 10 shooters
present are representing MIT, with individuals and teams qualifying
for every event.
The Free Pistol match started at 9am on a sunny but rather cold,
slightly windy day. The 50 meter range is unheated, and even though
it’s mostly enclosed and fairly well sheltered it was still cold – in
the high 40s when the match began. Scores across the board were
rather low in these challenging conditions, and our team was no
exception even with a handwarmer assist. Our top shooter was Carlos
Domene ’15, who fired a personal best 484. He was followed by Wen
Chyan ’13 (476), Christie Chiu ’13 (430), and Eddie Ha ’13 (430).
Carlos’ score was good for 22nd place, and our 1820 team score landed
us 8th of 10. Next year we’ll make sure all shooters participating in
25m and 50m events have a full set of long underwear!
The Women’s Air Pistol match took place in the afternoon in the
relative comfort of the indoor 10 meter range. We had a very strong
showing, led by Christie Chiu ’13 (363), followed by Jackie Wu ’16
(361) and Ruby Maa ’14 (354). Christie’s score got her to the finals,
in 6th place, while Jackie missed the finals by a single point. The
finals were extremely exciting as Christie steadily closed the 7-point
gap between her and the next two higher shooters, who entered the
finals tied at 370. Her 99.4 finals series was the second-highest,
only 0.6 behind eventual match winner Heather Deppe from USMA, and was
good enough to move her up a position to finish in 5th. The team
scores still hadn’t been posted when we left the range, but we believe
our combined 1078 gives us a very good chance at a trophy. That news
will have to wait for tomorrow’s update.
Two events are scheduled for tomorrow – Standard Pistol in the
morning, and Ladies’ Sport Pistol in the afternoon. Stay tuned.
Your on-the-scene coach and reporter,