The Bears lost to Division 1 Pistol powerhouse, the Black Knights of the US Military Academy, 6196 to 6401. Although taking a loss, the Bears' 6196 is the best performance in three seasons. Eight members of the ten-person team are Freshmen, and six of them had no prior competitive pistol experience before Coast Guard meaning that the Bears are looking forward to an extremely strong team in the years to come.
The Black Knights lanced the Bears in Air Pistol and Free Pistol, 2232 to 2166, and 2054 to 1911, respectively. Unfazed the Bears clawed back and defeated the Black Knights in Standard Pistol, 2119 to 2115. This is the first time that the Bears have defeated a Division 1 powerhouse in three seasons in an open event.
Freshmen Helen Oh, Brian Kim, and Reid Wiegleb paced the Bears. Oh led in each event as well as the combined aggregate with a total of 1613, firing a 560 Air Pistol, 547 Standard Pistol, and a 506 Free Pistol. Kim was the second best shooter in Standard and Air Pistol firing a 535 and 550, respectively while Wiegleb had the second highest score in Free Pistol for the Bears, firing a 481. These scores are only about two points off of what it took to earn All-American honors last year and as a result this year's pistol team has high hopes.
In the Women Events, Oh again led the Bears in Sport Pistol with an outstanding 561, but it was not enough to overcome the Black Knight's women team who defeated the Bears, 1525 to 1509. In Women Air Pistol, Oh fired a team high 367, but again not enough to help the Bears defeat the Black Knights, 1048 to 1013. Sophomore Meghan Van Hise and Freshmen Annika Lehenbauer and Mary Carr rounded out the four-member women's team.
Oh, Kim, and Wiegleb were members of Coast Guard's five-man open team in all events. The other Bears competing on the five-man team were Freshman Nicholas Woolfolk, who fired in the Free Pistol and Standard Pistol events, Lehenbauer shot Air and Standard Pistol events, while Freshmen Saranjoe Sukcha competed in the Free Pistol, and Sophomore Kevin Lennox shot the Air Pistol.
The Bear's Pistol Team is in the midst of a rebuilding season and doing very well. They compete this coming weekend, 7-8 November against Yale and rival MIT.