NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bears rode the momentum of shooting at home for the first time this season and defeated the Bloodhounds of John Jay and the Privateers of SUNY Maritime as they opened Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference competition.
Coast Guard combined its smallbore and air rifle efforts into a 4515, topping John Jay, 4409, and Maritime, 4064, for its first wins of the season.
Coast Guard was led by freshman Seth Strayer who parlayed a 566 smallbore with a personal best 579 in air rifle for a match high aggregate score of 1145. Nipping at his heels was classmate Grayson Wheeler with a match high 572 smallbore to combine with a solid 569 air rifle for a 1141 on the day.
Backing the two freshmen in smallbore were junior Randal Ford III, 544, and sophomore Dylan Lorence, who posted a 556, a personal best, to give the Academy a 2238 overall match winning score against John Jay's 2129 and Maritimes 1991. Junior Marshall Grant joined those setting personal best marks with his smallbore best, a 549.
John Jay narrowly defeated Coast Guard in the air rifle phase 2280 to 2276. Strayer was top Bear, followed by Wheeler, Ford, 568, and junior Jacob Dupree, 560. Three freshmen made their maiden debut for Coast Guard in the air rifle phase. Anthony Contreras, James Hall, and Aiden Uvanni shot very solid scores of 552, 533, and 553 respectively in their first intercollegiate contest. Junior David Rose established a new personal best in air rifle with a 541.
The Bears take on Canisius College of Buffalo next week in the final weekend of the Admiral's Cup. Coast Guard is 2-4 overall and undefeated 2-0 in conference competition.