WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Coast Guard fired multiple season high performances at the Collegiate Pistol Sectionals at West Point, New York. Scores were high enough that competing marksmen could potentially earn invites to the Collegiate National Championships in all events. Final decision will be made by this weekend after all scores are compiled from the different sectionals around the country.
On Friday evening the Bears starting the competition by shooting the Free Pistol event for a team score of 1769. In a normal Collegiate shoulder-to-shoulder match, the team shoots five shooters and count the high four scores. In this tournament, you shoot four and count four. No room for error in team selection. Sophomore Emily Burlison fired a team high 492, while senior Hannah Cronin fired a Personal Best 485, and freshman Kevin Lennox fired a 431. Burlison and Cronin should receive individual invites in Free Pistol to the National Championships.
The Bears started Saturday morning shooting Air Pistol and fired their second best score of the season, 2114. This score was 50 points higher than what was required to garner an invitation last year. Cronin was high shooter firing a 538, with Burlison firing a 529, followed by senior Corrin Nolin with a 528.
In Women's Air Pistol, the Bears fired an excellent 1079, and should receive an invite. Hannah Cronin fired the Bear's high score with a 362. Freshman Meghan Van Hise fired a Personal Best 330.
In the afternoon, the Bears competed in the Standard Pistol Match, firing a season high team score of 2020. Nolin led the Bears with a 527, followed by freshman Dustin Smith with a Personal Best 512. The team score is 67 points higher than what was required last year to receive an invite to Nationals.
For the final competition of the day, the Bear's Women's pistol team competed in Sport Pistol and fired a team score of 1579, with Nolin firing a team high 530. This team performance was 13 points better than last year's Sectional results. With these scores, Coast Guard has a strong chance of qualifying for the Collegiate National Championships in Sport Pistol.
The Bears will depart on 21 March and travel to Fort Benning, GA to compete in the Collegiate National Championships.