Bears Knock Off Defending National Champion Army-West Point

Bears Knock Off Defending National Champion Army-West Point

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Coast Guard defeated the defending National Champion Black Knights of West Point in shoulder-to-shoulder competition. The Bears compiled 6308 points against Army's 6248. 

Led by junior Brian Kim's 526, the Bears handed Army their first loss of the weekend, when the Bears defeated the Black Knights, 1993 to 1987 in Free Pistol, USCGA junior Helen Oh competed for West Point as an exchange student and fired the high score in the match, a 537.

The Bears continued their winning ways by defeating Army by 29 points in Air Pistol. Freshman Daniel Cheon was high scorer with a 559. With a 35 point lead going into the last match, Kim led all competitors with a 548 in Standard Pistol and the Bears won by 25 points. Sophomore Kevin Bennett and freshman D.J. Corbett and Cheon rounded out the scoring team. This is the first time Coast Guard has defeated Army in the three-event-aggregate in many years.  

Oh fired an excellent score of 371 in Women's Air Pistol, but was not enough to lead the Black Knight Women to victory and they fell to the Bears by one point, 1056 to 1055. Corbett fired the high score for Coast Guard, a 360.

Oh led all women in Sport Pistol with a 569 but West Point still fell to the Bears, 1421 to 1548. The women won the Women's aggregate competition, 2604 to 2476. Freshman Esther Choe was high woman shooter for the Bears with a cumulative score of 881. Rounding out the successful Women's team was Corbett and senior Meghan Van Hise.

The Bears will compete on the road next week to face the Midshipmen of Navy on Oct. 14-15.