FORT WORTH, Texas -- Coast Guard Rifle traveled to Fort Worth, Texas for a two-day competition against two D1 schools: the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Christian University.
On Saturday the Bears, after a long flight and late arrival, shot their third best score of the season, a 4497, against the Miners of UTEP. Who unfortunately for Coast Guard, shot the second best score of their competitive year, a 4613.
Sophomore Lindsey Critser led the team in smallbore with a 559, just a point less than her personal best. Team Captain Nick Paisker pressed Critser shooting a 557. Freshmen Alexandria Harrington and Randall Ford rounded out the team with a 547 and 545 respectively.
Harrington burst out of the pack to post a 583, the second highest score of the air rifle match behind a pair of Miners who put up 585s. Paisker pitched in with a 578. Freshman Skye Ambrose bounced back from a disappointing performance in smallbore to shoot a 564, just a point below her personal best fired against Akron a week ago. Ford mirrored Ambrose by firing a 564.
Sunday saw Coast Guard meet TCU in what has become a regular stop on the schedule. The Bears' strategy for improvement has been nautical, a rising tide raises all boats, and therefore have been taking on strong competition such as the nationally third ranked and undefeated Horned Frogs.
Harrington's momentum from the match with UTEP continued and she was top scorer for the Bears in smallbore compiling a 563. Critser and Ford were packed together at 559 and 558 respectively with Paisker filling out the team with a 554. The 2234 aggregate score broke the Academy record set by the same quartet last November by 13 points putting them on pace to also establish a new aggregate record.
Harrington continued on a roll and again topped the team in air rifle posting a 581. Paisker gave her good support shooting a 575 while Skye Ambrose put together a personal best, 568, her second in two weeks. Critser was hot on her heels with a 567 giving the Bears their second highest air rifle score of the year, a 2291.
In spite of taking two road losses in as many days, Coast Guard continued to show great improvement as the record setting smallbore match, combined with a solid air rifle performance, gave the Bears a grand aggregate score of 4525, yet another Academy record, eclipsing the old record by 14 points.
The Bears head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology next week for two full days of competition. With a 9-8 record overall and 8-0 in conference they will defend team and individual titles in the National Rifle Association Collegiate Boston Sectional, the Beanpot Tournament, and fire a shoulder to shoulder match against host Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference rival MIT to close out the regular season.