FORT BENNING, Ga. – Sophomores Helen Oh and Brian Kim along with the Coast Guard Women's Pistol team both took home national championship honors at the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championship.
Oh fired 467.8 to beat Rachel Cantrel from Utah by 4.2 points to the in the Air Pistol Championship for the second straight season.
The women's team also captured the Air Pistol National Championship as the team of Oh, junior Meghan Van Hise, who shot a personal best 362 and sophomore Annika Lehenbauer, who shot a 347 as the team scored 1,082 points to beat Ohio State by seven points.
In the afternoon, the Bears started the first of the three Open matches throughout the week long competition. They fired in the warmth of 80+ degree weather in sunny Georgia. The Bears lost a tough one and ended up one point out of third place firing a 1994 to Ohio State's 1995. The Black Knights of the US Military Academy shot an excellent 2044 to win the match, and was closely followed by the Citadel with a 2033.
Kim fired the highest score for the Bears with a 527, Oh fired a 517, with Bennett firing a 484, and Lehenbauer with a 466. Freshman Johnny Ly firing for Individual awards only fired a 480. After all firing was over, Kim finished in 4th place and Oh finished in 5th.
Thursday matches will be the Women's Sport Pistol Competition and the Open Standard Pistol Competition.