Coast Guard Rifle, ranked 20th nationally, took to the road to close out the first half of the season against 19th ranked Skyhawks of the University of Tennessee at Martin. UTM has a large program and fielded two teams against Coast Guard, UTM and UTM Women.
Junior Nick Paisker led the team in the smallbore phase with a 556, the second highest score posted in the match. Sophomore Lindsey Critser and freshman Randall Ford both shot 544s while freshman Alexandria Harrington closed out the scoring with a 533. The aggregate score of 2177 was well off of the team's average and had Coast Guard in a deep hole heading into the air rifle event as UTM shot a 2223 and the UTM Women posted a 2203.
The Bears were not about to give up and staged a remarkable comeback in air rifle, defeating both UTM teams with remarkably consistent scoring. Harrington was top gun in air with a 577 followed by Critser's 576, a 573 from Paisker, and Ford's 565. The 2291 aggregate put them atop UTM's 2289 by two points leaving the UTM Women third at 2276. The two wins marked Coast Guard rifle's first victories over Division I schools in recent memory.
In the end the smallbore deficit was simply too large to overcome. Coast Guard fell to UTM 4512-4486 and UTM Women 4479-4486. Coast Guard now stands at 9-5 overall and 9-0 in conference.
The Bears next see action, after exams and winter leave's short hibernation, against Loyola, Akron, and Yale at home on January 23.