FORT BENNING, Ga. - Bear pistol athletes Juniors Helen Oh and Brian Kim competed in USA Shooting's Spring Selection Match, 28-31 March 2018. at Fort Benning, Georgia. Both have major international experience having competed in the World Championships in Granada, Spain in 2014 and were looking for a return to the international arena. Like the Olympics, the World Championships only come around once every four years.
The Spring Selection Match was the second half of the World Championship Tryout procedure which requires two separate tryout matches, one in the fall and one in the spring. After the first round of matches, both Oh and Kim were in fifth place in their respective events, but only the top three finishers in each event will compete in the World Championships.
After an extremely successful Collegiate Championship just two week earlier, Oh, the reigning national champion, was hoping for continued success. Unfortunately, she started out slow each day, making up ground during the second half of her matches, firing a 563 and 557 respectively, which wasn't enough to place her in the top three.
Kim finished the first half of the tryouts last September in fifth place, and after two days of shooting Men's Rapid Fire, he remained stalled in fifth place, firing a 555 and a 560, respectively. After the first day, Kim was neck and neck with two others for the third spot on the team. The second day brought the best out in all three shooters, but Kim was not able to advance, remaining in fifth place, 11 points out of third place.
There was an Academy success of sorts, Freshman Coast Guard pistol shooter Esther Choe's sister, Sarah, finished in third place in the Air Pistol event and will compete in Changwon, Korea in the 2018 World Championships.