ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Coast Guard traveled to the U.S. Naval Academy for the annual Presidents' Cup Match, which pits the Federal Service Academies against each other in rifle competition.
The match is a two-fold event, a traditional NCAA four-person contest with an added special match of five shooters for the President's Cup.
The Bears were topped by Air Force, Army, and Navy who are all ranked in the top 15 in the country
In the Smallbore phase Freshman Grayson Wheeler led the team posting a 566, She was backed by classmates, Seth Strayer, 565, and Hunter Blankenship, in his first appearance as a counting member of the team, 549. Sophomore Dylan Lorence completed the scoring quartet shooting a 545. Junior Jacob Dupree was the fifth team member in the five-person President's Cup Match with a 537.
Junior Captain Randall Ford bounded back from a disappointing smallbore stage with a team leading 577 in Air Rifle. Strayer and Wheeler went back and forth for second place on the team. Strayer finished strong with a pair of 98s in the difficult standing position to slip by Wheeler by two points, 574 to 572. Blankenship repeated his maiden appearance in smallbore in air rifle with a solid 564 just as Dupree again rounded out the team as the fifth in the President's Cup.
Strayer and Wheeler went head-to-head for aggregate team honors. Aided by a 199 prone, his ninth shot missed the ten-ring by a scant 0.036mm-about half the diameter of a human hair, which tied a ten-year old Academy record. Strayer bested Wheeler by a single point, 1139 to 1138.
The Bears stand at 0-4 over-all in out-of-conference-D1 competition. They open conference play on November 11th, at home in the Chase Hall Range Complex, against John Jay.