Bears Place Third At Olympic Training Center

Meghan Van Hise
Meghan Van Hise

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. -- The Bears competed against Ohio State University, US Military Academy, Texas A&M, University of Utah, and North Dakota State and finished third in shoulder-to-shoulder competition at the Olympic Training Center.

The Bears lost to Ohio State and Army, 6310 to 6375, and 6318, respectively, while handily defeating University of Utah's 5963, Texas A&M's 5513, and North Dakota State's 4032.   

Led by freshman Daniel Cheon's personal best 531, the Bears shot a season high 2021 in Free Pistol but were defeated by Ohio State's 2050 and Army's 2040. USCGA Junior Helen Oh competed for West Point as an exchange student and fired the high score in the match, a 537. That performance pushed the Black Knights ahead of the Bears. Scoring for the Bears were Freshman Johnny Ly's 470, Freshman Esther Choe's 458, sophomore Kevin Bennett's 494, and junior Brian Kim's 526. Cheon continued his excellent performance by shooting the team's high 557 in Air Pistol. The Bear's team score of 2183 fell short of Ohio State's 2210 and Army's 2192. Rounding out the Air Pistol Team was Choe's, 551, Kim's 538, and Bennett's 537. Bennett was high scorer in the Standard Pistol match with a 539. The Beas team score of 2106 was not enough to overcome OSU's 2115, but enough to defeat the Black Knights of West Point's 2086.

Oh fired an excellent score, a match high 372 in Women's Air Pistol, but was not enough to lead the Black Knight Women to victory and they fell to the Bears by ten points, 1080 to 1090. OSU finished three points behind the Bears with a 1087. This was the lone victory by the Bears. Senior Meghan Van Hise fired the high score for Coast Guard, a personal best 371. Choe led the Women Bears in Sport Pistol with a 536 but fell to the Women Buckeyes 1547 to 1644, but defeated West Point's 1475.

The women finished second behind Ohio State in the Women's aggregate competition, 2637 to 2731, with West Point finishing third with a 2555. Choe was high Woman shooter for the Bears with a cumulative score of 904. Rounding out the Women's team was Freshman D.J. Corbett and Van Hise.

The Bears are now 5-2 in shoulder to shoulder competition, and will next compete at home in the Chase Hall Shooting Range next week facing MIT.