Bears Place 2nd at Olympic Training Center

Ella Firenzi
Ella Firenzi

COLORADO SPRINGS, Col. -- Coast Guard competed against Ohio State University, Army-West Point, Texas A&M, University of Utah, and North Dakota State and finished second in shoulder-to-shoulder competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Ohio State showed their dominance and defeated all teams with a score of 6599. The Bears placed second with a 6476. Rounding out the other team scores were Texas A&M's 6357, Army's 6167, Utah's 6084, and North Dakota's 5964.

Led by freshman Chase Jin's team high 562 in Air Pistol, the Bears shot 2192 but came in second behind Ohio State's 2240. Scoring for the Bears were sophomore Benjamin Waalkes' 556, senior Kevin Bennett's 544, and junior Esther Choe's 530.

In Standard Pistol, Bennett led all Bears with a 536 with a second place team finish behind Ohio State, 2094 to 2128. Rounding out the top four scorers for the Bears were Waalkes' 535, senior Johnny Ly's 513, and Choe's 510. Bennett was again the top scorer for the Bears with a 555 in Sport Pistol. The Bears placed second again behind the Buckeyes of Ohio State, 2190 to 2231. The other three scoring shooters were Jin's 550, Ly's 544, and Waalkes' 541.

Choe led the women in Air Pistol firing a 530, with sophomores Ella Firenzi's 523 and Jo St.Ledger's 511. The Bears placed second behind University of Utah's 1588 to the Bears 1564. Coast Guard's 1429, placed third in Sport Pistol behind Utah's 1523, and North Dakota's 1477. Firing members for the Bears were Choe's 530, St.Ledger's 459, and Firenzi's 440.

The Bears are now 6-2 in shoulder to shoulder competition, and will next compete at home in the Chase Hall Shooting Range next week facing MIT.