WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Coast Guard traveled to West Point for two days of competition which opened with the Annual President's Cup Match against sister academies and ended with a conference play.
Saturday saw the Bears, ranked 20th nationally, face off against fourth ranked Air Force, fifth ranked Army, and seventh ranked Navy. Junior Seth Strayer led the team in smallbore with a 571, sophomore Bryce Sturtz shot a 566, while freshman Berit Bedord made her mark with a personal best 560. Junior Hunter Blankenship posted a 557 to complete the team score of 2254. While it was the best smallbore performance of the young season it was not enough to overtake the D1 powerhouses.
Sturtz's air rifle effort of 585 was top Coast Guard score with Blankenship hot on his heels with a 581. Strayer had a 579 while Bedord rounded out the scoring quartet with a 568, giving Coast Guard a 2313. With an aggregate score of 4567 the Bears trailed Air Force, 4682, Army, 4669, and Navy, 4664.
The Bears faced Air Force and Mid Atlantic Rifle League competition in the form of MIT and John Jay on Sunday. Strayer tied the Academy record in prone, 199, for the third time in his career, and fired the team leading score of 575 in smallbore. Sturtz shot a 569 with Blankenship, 554, and freshman Rose Reynolds, 552, combining with Strayer for a 2250.
Sturtz again was top Bear in air rifle with a 584, just outdistancing Blankenship's 583. Strayer posted a 581 and Bedord had a 565. The team shot its second air rifle score of 2313 in as many days. Dane Harbison posted a personal best in air as he gained competitive experience.
In the end Coast Guard fell to Air Force while beating MIT and John Jay. The Bears are now 4-4 overall and remain undefeated in conference. After three weeks on the road they face Grand Valley State University in the first home match of the season, the Admiral's Cup, on November 9th.