NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bears fired a postal match against Division 1 Pistol powerhouse, the Midshipmen of the US Naval Academy on Sunday and Monday.
The Bears were initially scheduled to travel to Annapolis and compete, but Winter Storm Jonas had other plans for the Bears. The Naval Academy closed their doors for several days because of the snow and the Bears and the Midshipmen agreed to fire a friendly postal match at their home ranges and compare scores upon completion of firing. The Bears fired their match on Sunday and Monday, 24-25 January. The Midshipmen were hoping to fire their match on Monday and Tuesday. Their scores have yet to be posted.
The Bears fired a 2147 in Air Pistol on Sunday morning. After coming back from lunch they fired a 2091 Standard Pistol score. After Standard Pistol was fired, the Lady Bears went on to shoot the Women's Sport Pistol event, firing a 1548. On Monday afternoon, the Bears fired Free Pistol and freshmen Helen Oh fired an outstanding 507 to lead the Bears.
Oh led the Bears in two of the three open events for a combined score of 1607. She fired a New Academy Record, 561 in Air Pistol, 539 Standard Pistol, and a 507 Free Pistol. Freshmen Brian Kim was top shooter in Standard Pistol, firing a superb 551. This was only four points off of the 26 year old Academy Record.
In the women events, Oh again led the Bears in Sport Pistol with a 549, to lead the team to a solid 1548 team score. In Women's Air Pistol, Oh fired an Academy record 376 to lead the Lady Bears to a fine 1049 team score. Freshmen Annika Lehenbauer, freshmen Mary Carr, and sophomore Meghan Van Hise were the other shooters on the four-member women's team.
Oh, Kim, freshmen Nicholas Woolfolk, and freshmen Saranjoe Sukcha, were members of Coast Guard's five-person open team in all events. The other Bears competing on the five-person team were freshmen Annika Lehenbauer who fired in the Standard Pistol and Air Pistol event.
The Bears pistol team is 2-3 on the season and again looks forward to showing the Engineers of MIT how pistol shooting is done this coming weekend.