Bears Compete With DI Service Academies

Randall Ford
Randall Ford

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Coast Guard squared off against Division I service Academies Army West Point, Navy and Air Force at Army West Point in the President's Match.

The President's Match is unique in that it is two matches in one, five person Federal Military Academy teams are overlaid on the standard NCAA four person team format.

The undefeated Bears were flat in the opening Smallbore phase of the match, shooting disappointingly below their average. A bright spot was freshman Randall Ford III upping the Academy record in the prone stage, by a point, to a 198.  Additionally fellow freshmen Melissa Brizzi and David Rose posted personal bests as classmate Alexandria Harrington led the team with a 556.

Brizzi's 521 earned her a place on the five person team roster which, along with junior Nick Paisker, sophomore Lindsey Critser, and Ford and Harrington, eclipsed the old Academy record, raising it to a 2714.

The Bears were not deterred by the weak start in Smallbore.  They rebounded in Air Rifle with Paisker, Critser, Ford, and freshman Skye Ambrose backing Harrington's team high 580 to post three more school records. A 2302 in four person Air Rifle erased the old record set just two weeks ago, the year old five person Air Rifle record fell with the team posting a 2861.

The solid performance in Air Rifle gave enough lift to the mediocre smallbore score to raise the five person team grand aggregate record by an astonishing 115 points, where it now stands at a 5575.

Coast Guard Rifle now stands at 6-3 overall and 6-0 in conference competition. The Bears host John Jay College, State University of New York Maritime, and Wentworth Institute of Technology for the Admiral's Cup on November 14.