Bears Capture Conference Championship

Nick Paisker
Nick Paisker

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Coast Guard Academy hosted the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference Championship in the Chase Hall Range complex on Saturday March 4th. The Bears faced Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John Jay, Canisius, SUNY Maritime, Yale, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and University of Sciences for team and individual honors.

Coast Guard entered the tournament as the favorite in smallbore and did not disappoint. Led by senior Nick Paisker, in his final intercollegiate contest, the Bears edged out John Jay by four points, 2190 to 2186. Paisker's 561 earned him the silver in individual competition, just behind University of Science's Sarah Schnupp's match winning 564. Sophomore Randall Ford, 550, and classmate Marshall Grant, 534, along with freshman Dylan Lorence, 545, backed Paisker for the win.

During the regular season, Coast Guard and John Jay's air rifle scores were so tight that the year-end averages were separated by two one thousandths of a point. John Jay prevailed outpointing Coast Guard 2253 to 2245. Paisker again was the top Bear shooting a 577 which gave him the gold medal in individual competition, six points ahead of silver medalist Schnupp.  Sophomore Jacob Dupree tied his personal best, a 560, while Freshman Alaric Stone, in his first appearance as a starter, shot a 557. Ford's 551 wrapped up the team's effort.

Team captain Paisker edged out Schnuup for overall individuals honors by three points, based on his air rifle performance. The victory closed out an outstanding Coast Guard athletic career which included being named a Coast Guard Athlete of the Week, two MAC Shooters of the Month citations, eight All Conference awards, and numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals in collegiate competition.

With the undefeated regular season at an end the Bears await final conference athletic and academic All-Conference Awards.