Bears and Oh Win Standard Pistol National Championships

Helen Oh
Helen Oh

FT BENNING, Ga. –  Coast Guard won the Open Standard Pistol national championship while senior Helen Oh took home the Standard Pistol individual national championship to lead the Bears on the second day of the three day NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships.

In the Open Standard Pistol, the Bears started out very strong with our first two shooters setting the standard for all other shooters in the first relay, taking one – two, with Oh firing a match-high 553 and classmate Brian Kim shooting a 547. After the first two Bears scores, the team was 68 points ahead of the second place Ohio State.

The next two Bears fired very solid scores, with  freshman Ben Waalkes firing the second-best score on the second relay and junior Kevin Bennett firing the fourth-best score with a 539.

After combining the relays, Oh won the Standard Pistol national championship, with Waalkes firing a personal best and taking the bronze medal beating Kim on a tie-breaking procedure when both shooters shot the exact score of 547.

When combining all scores, the Bears fired a 2186, only four points off of the Academy record, and 93 points ahead of the second place U.S. Military Academy's 2093 and the third place U.S. Naval Academy's 2089. The closest overall competitor the Buckeyes of Ohio State University fired a 2087, 99 points behind the Bears in this event.

In the afternoon's Open Rapid Fire match, Kim won the Rapid Fire Championship, with Bennett placed third in the match.

Tuesday's Open and Women's Air Pistol match concludes the Championship, and the Bears are heavy favorites to win the Aggregate Open Collegiate Championship for the first time in their history. They have a 102 point lead over the Buckeyes, their closest competitor.