Bears Pistol Beats Navy

Kevin Bennett
Kevin Bennett

Coast Guard beat Navy soundly by winning all events and firing an Academy record 6575 to 6325.    

The Bears opened up Saturday morning with the defending national champion sophomore Ben Waalkes shooting a personal best 568 in Air Pistol to lead the team to the win, 2207 to Navy's 2120. Other firing members were freshman Chase Jin's 553, seniors Kevin Bennett's 546, and Johnny Ly's 540.

Saturday afternoon, the Bears continued their dominance over Navy 2156 to 2044. Bennett led the Bears with a 552, with Waalkes close behind with a 551. Junior Esther Choe fired a personal best 527, with Jin's personal best 526 was close behind.  

The Bears had a 199 point lead going into their last event, Sport Pistol. Competing Sunday morning, the Bears fired an Academy record, 2212, to defeat the Midshipmen, 2212 to 2161. Bennett led the Bears with 559, Choe fired a personal best 556, Waalkes fired a 553, and Jin fired a personal best 544.

The Navy only brought one woman shooter so they were not able to field a women's team. Coast Guard women's team fired an Air Pistol team score of 1538. Choe led the women's team with a 530, and sophomores Ella Firenzi and Jo St.Ledger fired a 514 and 494 respectively. In women's Sport Pistol, the Bears fired a season high 1617. Choe led the Bears Women's team with a 556, sophomores Ella Firenzi fired a personal best 542, and Jo St.Ledger fired a personal best 519. 

The defending National Champion Bears are 3-1 on the season and will compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado against Ohio State, USMA, Utah, Texas A&M, and North Dakota State University, October 25th and 26th.