Six Records Fall in Loss to Ohio State

Kevin Bennett
Kevin Bennett

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard shot outstanding over the weekend breaking six out of the possible seven Academy team records, but still fell to Ohio State.

It took Ohio State to break their own school record to do it. The Bears compiled a new Academy Record 6435 against Ohio State's new school record 6487.

Led by junior Helen Oh's 532, the Bears set their first Academy record of the weekend by shooting a 2047 in the Free Pistol team match against Ohio State's new school record 2107.

Also firing for the Bears' record-breaking team were junior Brian Kim's 504, sophomore Johnny Ly's 495, and freshman Daniel Cheon's 516. Sophomore Kevin Ramos fired a personal best 514.

The Bears bounced back in the second match of the weekend by beating the Buckeyes by 10 points in Standard Pistol 2159 to 2149, again breaking a 23-year old Academy Record held by Olympian Janine Lavallee and teammates.

Sophomore Kevin Bennett led all Bears firing a 551. Providing support for the record-breaking performance were Kim's 538, Oh's 535, and Cheon's 535.

In the last match of the weekend, the Bears were defeated in Air Pistol by the Buckeyes by only 2 points, 2229 to 2231. The 2229 was still another Academy Record, breaking the record set two-weeks ago against Army.

Oh led all competitors with a 569. Assisting Oh in the record-breaking performance were sophomore Kevin Ramos' 546, Cheon's 565, and Choe's 549.

At the end of the day, the Buckeyes' initial sixty-point lead was too much to overcome.

Freshman D.J. Corbett fired an excellent score and personal best 378 in Women's Air Pistol to lead the Bears to victory, 1122 to 1080, setting another Academy Record. Supporting Corbett in the record performance were Oh's 377 and Choe's 367. Oh led all Lady Bears in Sport Pistol with a 557 but lost to the Buckeyes by the slimmest of margins, 2 points, 1636 to 1638.

The Bears won the Women's aggregate competition, 2758 to 2718 with another Academy Record. Oh was high woman shooter for the Bears with a cumulative score of 934. Rounding out the successful Women's team were Corbett and Choe.

The Bears will compete on the road at the Collegiate National Pistol Championships in Fort Benning, Ga. March 15-21. The Bears are seeded second going into the Championships and the women's team is seeded first.