NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bears defeated the Engineers of MIT in shoulder-to-shoulder-pistol competition. The Bears finished with a new Academy record 6589 points to MIT's 6317.
The Bears handed the Engineers a loss in each of the three Open pistol events. Freshman Chase Jin was the match winner in two of the three events. Jin led all competitors in Air Pistol with a 563. The Bears won their first event 2196 to the Engineers' 2137. Assisting Jin in the victory were sophomore Ben Waalkes's 561, senior Kevin Bennett's 539, and junior Esther Choe's 533. Sophomore Christina Lee had a personal best, 472.
For the third week in a row, Bennett led all shooters in Standard Pistol with a 552. Rounding out the Bears' score of 2142, were Waalkes' 546, Jin's personal best 527, and Choe's 517. The Bears had their second victory over MIT, 2142 to 2036. Also having a personal best was sophomore Ella Firenzi with a 506.
The Bears defeated the Engineers in Sport Pistol with a new Academy record, 2251 to 2144. Jin again led all competitors with a personal best 572. Assisting in the victory were Waalkes' 568, Bennett's personal best 560, and Choe's 551. While senior Johnny Ly did not break into the scoring team, he did shoot a solid personal best, 545.
The Bears women's team defeated MIT in Women's Air Pistol 1553 to 1547. In Women's Sport Pistol, Choe fired the team's high score of a 551, but was not enough to edge out the Engineers, who fired a 1549 to the Bears 1540. The Bears Women's Team lost to MIT by only two points in the Aggregate score, 3095 to 3093.
The 7-2 Bears will next compete on the road when they again meet up with Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Nov. 16-17.