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Welcome to the 2015-2016 Season of the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference !!

MAC MISSION:  "The MAC shall, through the practice of riflery, promote the highest ethical standards of athletic competition and individual conduct, foster the development of mutual understanding and cooperation among its Member Institutions, and work to develop complete mutual understanding of the sport among all Member Institutions"

The MAC, the largest rifle conference in the nation, currently consists of 11 active member institutions:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Canisius College
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Loyola College in Maryland
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Penn State University
University of Sciences Penn State ROTC
  State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime Academy
  Wentworth Institute of Technology
  Yale University


 Feb 2016 Smallbore Shooter of the Month
Feb 2016 Air Rifle Shooter of the Month

The MAC Smallbore Shooter of the Month is Gary Pepper of Penn State University.

Gary Pepper, a graduate of Pennridge High School and currently a freshman on the Penn State University Rifle team, is majoring in mechanical engineering and holds a 3.54 cumulative GPA.

This academic year has been Garyís first ever experience with competitive rifle shooting.  However, he diligently attended as many practices as his schedule would permit during the fall and early spring semesters learning from his veteran teammates and honing his skills.  Garyís first record match was a respectable 410 at Penn State on December 5th against Yale, Canisius and Penn State ROTC.  Gary proved it was no fluke when he posted another 410 at the Palmyra Invitational on January 24th. Then, after only two weeks of disciplined practice, Gary shattered his previous 410ís with a score of 480 at the 2016 MIT Beanpot on Feburary 6th. This score at the Beanpot exceeded the NRA qualifier score of 450. As a result Gary will be traveling with the Penn State team to Fort Benning, Georgia to compete in the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships.

Gary is a resident of Perkasie, PA and enjoys other pursuits such as being an amateur radio operator, archery, computers and video game design. 

The MAC Air Rifle Shooter of the Month is Sarah Wright of MIT.

Sarah Wright, from Christchurch New Zealand, is a graduating senior and four-year member of the MIT Varsity Rifle Team.  She was valedictorian of her high school, St Andrews College.  During high school she was a member and student head of her high school rifle team which competed exclusively in prone.  Her high school shooting career ended abruptly following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in 2011 that destroyed most of the local rifle ranges.


Sarah returned to the shooting when she arrived at MIT in the fall of 2012. She made a strong first impression and immediately bonded with her fellow teammates.  Having never shot standing or kneeling, she worked with the more veteran shooters and quickly made the transition into a 3-position and air rifle shooter.  Sarah finished her first season by making the MAC All- Rookie team and finishing 10th at the MAC Championships.  During her remaining three years of NCAA eligibility she won three consecutive MAC Championship titles in the individual 3-position event from 2013-2016.  She also added a MAC individual air rifle championship title to her list of MAC accolades this past season.  Sarah currently holds both the school small-bore and air rifle record.  She also has led the team to numerous school records over the last 3 years.  One of her greatest accomplishments this past season was establishing herself as an air rifle shooter when she shot a 590 at the NCAA Qualifier in air rifle and was named second alternate for the 2016 NCAA Championships.  Sarah has been voted Team MVP and captain for the last three years by her peers. Sarah Wright leaves her NCAA shooting career as MITís most decorated shooter!


Off the range Sarah keeps a very busy schedule.  She is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree and will graduate this spring. Last fall she started working on her masters in biological engineering and will graduate with her masters next spring.  Sarah worked in both the Admissions Office and the Rotch Library during her 4 years at MIT. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega, where she serves on several committees working on everything from organizing the semiformal to philanthropic events that have raised thousands of dollars.   Sarah became a founding member and treasurer of MIT ANZUK (Aus, NZ and UK Studentís Association).  This past summer she worked in Singapore as an undergraduate research fellow with the infectious diseases group designing and constructing plasmids for novel anti-influenza antibodies with increased cross protection and spent time troubleshooting recurring issues with bacterial transformation.  If that werenít enough, in her spare time Sarah enjoys trying new things such as hiking, traveling, bicycling, reading and baking. 

 For coaches, team captains and club presidents:

Please send your schedule corrections and updates, as well as completed scores sheets via email to

Dr. Pete Dalidowicz, the MAC Statistical Secretary.



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