Bears Set Free Pistol School-Record in Wins over MIT and Yale

Helen Oh
Helen Oh

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Coast Guard defeated both MIT and Yale in shoulder-to-shoulder competition at Chase Hall. The Bears compiled 6276 points against MIT's 6043, and Yale's 3335.  

The Bears defeated the Engineers of MIT in every open event. The Bears opened the competition by beating the Engineers in Free Pistol, 2028 to 1928, Friday night. This Free Pistol score is a New Academy Record, surpassing the old record of 2026 set in 1995. The record winning Free Pistol team consisted of sophomores Helen Oh-529 and Brian Kim-509, and freshmen Kevin Bennett-516, and Kevin Ramos-474.

Air Pistol followed on Saturday morning, and the Bears continued their dominance over MIT and Yale, 2196 to 2135 and 1810, respectively. All team members fired consistent scores, Oh-567, Bennett-548, Kim-544, Ramos-537, and freshman walk-on Johnny Ly-520. Their 2196 is only 11 points off of their Academy Record they shot two weeks ago against the Citadel.

Standard Pistol match continued their winning ways, with Coast Guard defeating both MIT and Yale, 2052 to 1980 and 1525, respectively. Oh was high competitor with a 546, followed by Bennett with a 517, and Kim's 497 and Ramos' 492.

The women's team lost a squeaker to MIT by the thinnest of margins - two points, 2669 to 2671. Women's Sport Pistol ended in a tie with MIT, 1595 to 1595. Oh was the high competitor with a 561, followed by sophomore Mary Carr and Annika Lehenbauer with a 524 and 510 respectively.

The MIT women beat Coast Guard by two points in Women's Air Pistol, 1076 to 1074. Oh led the Bears with a 378, and junior Meghan Van Hise's 344 followed by Carr's 352. MIT has been the Collegiate Women National Champions for the past two years.

The Bears are now 6 -1 and will compete next on Jan. 14-15 at Navy.