FORT BENNING, Ga. --The second day of the Pistol Championships the temperature cooled off significantly for shooting at the outdoor range. The first match in the morning was Women's Sport Pistol. The Bears started out leading the pack after the 30-shot precision match. They led MIT and Ohio State by 8 points and 26 points respectively. But they stumbled during the rapid fire stage of the match. They dropped to third place at the end of the match, firing a 1580 to MIT's 1606 and Ohio State's 1675. Sophomore Helen Oh led the Bears with a fourth place finish, with 544, with junior Meghan Van Hise and sophomore Annika Lehenbauer both firing a 518.
Women's Sport pistol finished the Women's Aggregate and the Bears finished third behind Ohio State, and MIT, 2662, to 2685, 2673, respectively. Oh ended up one point behind Irina Andrianova of Ohio State, 917 to 918.
In the afternoon's match, the Open Standard Pistol, the Bears led throughout the match and finished in first place, ahead of the U.S. Military Academy and Ohio State, 2121, to 2118, and 2114, respectively. Sophomore Brian Kim led the Bears with his third place finish, 546, freshman Kevin Bennett fired a 530, Oh fired a 535, and Lehenbauer fired a 510.
The day concluded with the Men's Sport Pistol Match. Kim, last year's National Champion was not able to hold onto his championship, but did finish in second place with a close battle with Bryce Tucker of Akron University. Tucker and Kim both fired a 555 and were required to fire a "shoot off" due to their tied score after 60 shots. Kim prevailed and won the silver medal.
Friday matches will be the Open Air Pistol Competition.