Bears Win Pair of Pistol Championships to Highlight Day Two

Helen Oh
Helen Oh

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Coast Guard won the Women's Sport Pistol and Women's Aggregate National Championships during the second day of the Collegiate Pistol Championships

The temperature cooled off significantly for shooting at the outdoor range. The first match in the morning was Women's Sport Pistol. The Bears started out struggling in the precision phase of the 30-shot precision match. They were behind Ohio State and MIT by 16 points and seven points respectively.

Coast Guard made a dramatic recovery and all three shooters shot outstanding scores and won the match with a 1630 to Ohio State's 1622 and MIT's 1591. Junior Helen Oh led all firers with a 566 and finished the match after the 10 shot finals, with a 654, winning her third championship of the competition. The other winning team members were freshman Esther Choe firing a 548, and freshman Drusilla Corbett firing a 516. Winning the Women's Sport pistol match sealed the deal and the Bears won the Women's Aggregate Team Championship with a 2709 ahead of Ohio State's 2695 and MIT's 2661.

Oh ended up defeating all competitors in the Women Aggregate Championship, firing a 939 combined score, 24 points ahead of second place Irina Andrianova of Ohio State, 939 to 915. This is her seventh gold medal of the Championship.

In the afternoon's Open Standard Pistol match, the Bears made a gallant effort but fell to The Ohio State University by a mere two points, 2125 to 2127. Junior Brian Kim led the Bears with his second-place finish, 541. Sophomore Kevin Bennett fired a 528, Oh fired a 537, and Choe fired a 519.

Tuesday's Open Air Pistol match concludes the Championship, and the Bears are within striking distance to again medal in the Aggregate Open Collegiate Championship.