Bears Win Pair in Admiral's Cup

Hunter Blankenship
Hunter Blankenship

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Coast Guard hosted conference rival John Jay and Michigan's Grand Valley State University during the second weekend of the annual Admiral's Cup Tournament and came away with two wins.

Sophomore Seth Strayer set the pace in smallbore competition with a personal best 571. Freshman Bryce Sturtz's 560, combined with sophomores Hunter Blankenship, 556, and Grayson Wheeler, 551, gave the Bears a 2232 which easily outpaced John Jay and Grand Valley.

Strayer was again at the top of leaderboard in air rifle with a 580, where he also co-holds the school record.  Wheeler challenged him all the way but fell a point short as she posted a 579. Sturtz placed third with a 574. Blankenship and team captain Marshall Grant battled it out for the final scoring position, each shooting a 549. The tie breaker went to Grant giving the Bears a 2282 and the air rifle match.

Personal bests in air rifle were recorded by sophomore Zara Burns and freshmen Cody Meyers and T.J. Johnson.

Next weekend the Bears travel to Cambridge for the annual Beanpot Tournament on Saturday at MIT and make a quick turnaround to face MIT and Wentworth Tech in a conference meet home on Sunday.

Coast Guard now stands 7-9 overall and undefeated in conference play.