CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Coast Guard took to the road to compete in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's annual Beanpot Tournament, the 2017 National Rifle Association Collegiate Championship's Boston Sectional, and shoulder to shoulder matches against MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Penn State University, and Canisius College.
In spite of being weakened by the loss of two shooters that had to remain behind because of illness the Bears swept the Sectional taking team titles in both smallbore and air rifle. Icing on the cake was winning two gold, two silver, and a bronze medal in individual competition.
Senior captain Nick Paisker paced the winning smallbore team with a gold medal performance, 556, supported by sophomore Randall Ford's 540, which garnered him the silver medal. Sophomore Jacob Dupree fired a 535 in his bronze medal performance. Solid performances by freshman Dylan Lorence, 533, and sophomore Marshall Grant, 531, insured the win.
Paisker took home his second individual gold leading the Bears to air rifle team gold shooting a 578. Ford found himself with the silver medal for his 569. Marshall, 548, was a single point ahead of Lorence and Dupree, who tied with a pair of 547 and 16 center shots with the tie breaker, the best last ten shots, favoring Lorence.
Coast Guard was led by led by freshman Alaric Stone's 547. Fellow freshman Nyjah Turner, 540, Kaden Nichols, 534, Joseph Bushing, 531, and sophomore Dave Rose, 528, combined to produce a second place finish in the NRA Sectional. Stone, Nichols, and Rose all posted personal best in the silver medal finish.
After the first day Coast Guard enjoyed significant advantage in Beanpot competition with an overall record of 14-9, still undefeated in conference play.
Lorence opened the smallbore competition on the second day with the team's top score, a 548. Paisker was on his heels posting a 546. Ford and Grant provided a 544 and 523 respectively to round out a match winning performance and place more distance between the Bears and the second place Engineers.
Paisker set the tone for the team in air rifle by opening with a perfect score of 100 on his first card. His solid shooting ended with a match high 581. Ford's 558, combined with a 549 from Jacob Dupree and Grant's 543 put the Bears on top for good. Firing in individual competition freshman Kaden Nichols fired a personal best of 551.
The Bears reclaimed the prized Beanpot, surrendered to MIT in 2016, in convincing fashion having never been behind throughout the entire weekend.
Coast Guard notched another win and remain perfect in the conference and 15-9 overall. The Bears now are setting their sights on the NCAA Qualifier to be shot at the Chase Hall Range Complex on February 18.