Oh Adds Another National Championship On Final Day of Pistol Championship

Helen Oh
Helen Oh

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Junior Helen Oh won the All-Around National Championship to close out the National Pistol Collegiate Championships.

The Open Air Pistol Match was the first match of the day. The Bears needed outstanding performances from all shooters in order to catch the leading team, Ohio State, which had a 61-point lead on the second place Bears. The Bears struggled and did not perform as expected and finished in 5th place, four points out of 3rd place. Junior Helen Oh started out slow but finished strong with a 555 leading the team. Also firing in the 550's was junior Brian Kim, shooting a 551. The other team members were sophomore Kevin Bennett firing a 539, and freshman Esther Choe firing a 537. Oh competed in the finals, where the top eight shooters fire an additional ten shots. Oh finished in 5th place with a 651.7.

In the combined three event individual aggregate, Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, and Air Pistol, Oh won the All-Around National Pistol Championship, firing a 1633 over the three events defeating Thitphop Phucharchen of the Citadel and Anthony McCollum of Ohio State, who finished with a 1625 and 1623, respectively.

This victory as well as her victory in the Women's All-Around Championship gave Oh two All-Around Championships in the same year. This was the first time ever in Collegiate National Championship history, that one shooter has won both the Women's All-Around Collegiate Individual Championship and the Open All-Around Collegiate Individual Championship. This is also the second time in as many years that a Coast Guard cadet has won the Open All-Around Collegiate Individual Championship, with Brian Kim winning the Championships last year.

In the combined three event team aggregate, the Bears finished second overall, firing a 6315 to Ohio State's 6402 and ahead of the Citadel's 6236.

This is the first time the Bears has ever won an Aggregate Championship (winning the Women's All-Around Team Championship) as well as placing second in the Open All-Around Team Championship.