Pistol Team Finishes in Fourth at NRA Intercollegiate Championship

The MIT pistol team closed its season with a fourth-place finish at the National Rifle Association Intercollegiate Championship held the week of March 9. The team collected seven All-American awards, led by Edward S. Huo ’08, who ranked fifth overall and earned All-America First-Team honors in free pistol, standard pistol, and air pistol. Fuzhou Hu ’09 received air pistol Second-Team and free pistol Honorable Mention honors. Daniel Jang ’10 and Christine T. Hsueh ’10 earned Second-Team awards in free and air pistol, respectively.

The Engineers captured a silver medal in the air pistol team championship with a total of 2,200 points, equaling the mark of national champion U.S. Naval Academy and finishing three points ahead of Ohio State University. Huo led the way with a score of 555, closely followed by Andrew K. Sugaya ’11 (549), Jang (548), and Hu (548). In the individual air pistol competition, Huo placed fifth with a score of 649.7, just 3.3 points shy of medal contention.

MIT collected its second silver medal of the week with its score of 2,000 in free pistol. The U.S. Naval Academy finished first with a score of 2008. Huo (525 points) once again led MIT, while Sugaya (504), Jang (500), and Hu (471) rounded out the group. Huo ranked fourth in the individual competition with a score of 614.

Behind Huo’s mark of 521, MIT placed fourth in standard pistol with a total of 2,053. Sugaya finished three points behind Huo as Hu compiled a tally of 513. Hsueh added a score of 501 for the Engineers.

As a team, the Engineers captured fourth in women’s air pistol with a score of 1,059, four points behind bronze-medalist Navy. Michelle C. Ma ’10 led the charge with a 357 while two points separated Hsueh (352) and Xudan Liu ’10 (350). Lihua Bai ’09 also represented MIT in the event, shooting a 339.

In women’s sport pistol, Tech registered another fourth-place performance with a total of 1,548. Hsueh was the squad’s top shooter, finishing with a 535. Ma claimed the next spot with a score of 511 while Bai recorded a mark of 502. Liu amassed a tally of 492 to wrap up MIT’s contingent.