NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Nine colleges from as far away as Lexington, Virginia and Buffalo, New York converged on the Coast Guard Academy's Chase Hall range complex to vie for Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference championship honors on February 28th and March 1st.
Competing in the air rifle division, the Bears closed out a successful season by peaking at the most opportune time taking the MAC Championship by a five point margin over traditional rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2276 to 2171. Virginia Military Institute placed third with 2233.
After a season of steadily increasing team and individual scores, Freshman Nick Paisker broke the Academy's air rifle record for the second time in the last month. The New Jersey rifleman pushed his old record up by two points as he scored 582 out of a possible 600 in the difficult standing position.
Team co-captain Junior Alexis Chaverria-Aquilar gave the team another big boost as she posted a season best 578 out of 600, just four points behind Paisker's record setting performance. Sophomore Katiya Resney and team co-captain Daniela Andrade shot a 559 and 557 to provide a solid foundation for Paisker and Chaverria-Aquilar. Junior Marek Pilarski rounded out the Bear team.
It was a fine close to Coach Rick Hawkins' inaugural year as head coach and the final year of Coach Bryan Pape's four year association with the team. With the bulk of the 2014 squad returning Hawkins is looking forward to building on its experience and to greater success in the future.