2013 Collegiate Pistol Championships – Day 3
The shooting is finished. The air pistol cylinders ammunition are on
their way back to MA via UPS, and all the equipment is packed and
ready for tomorrow’s return flight. I’m sitting in the hotel’s
breakfast room proctoring three exams. Maybe just once the
Championships will take place during MIT’s spring break. This
certainly puts us at a disadvantage as nearly all our opponents have
the week off and thus no academic concerns during the match.
First, a correction. The Standard Pistol Team ended 8th of 11, not
7th of 8 as I stated yesterday. That doesn’t make it a whole lot
better, but it does correct reportage.
Our Women’s Sport Pistol team finished 5th out of 5. Unfortunately,
teams need to be declared prior to the competition’s start; if I’d
guessed better we might have climbed a place. It was both a blessing
and a curse to have four individuals qualify for an event in which
teams are comprised of three persons.
Now on to today’s event, the Open Air Pistol match. Our four-senior
team of Christie Chiu, Wen Chyan, Eddie Ha, and Nick Torgerson did
reasonably well; Christie led with a 543, followed by Nick at 540, Wen
at 537, and Eddie at 526. The top eight individual finishers were
clustered between 563 and 553, so all our shooters were unfortunately
well out of the finals, and it seems unlikely we’ll garner a team
All that remains is tonight’s Awards Banquet where the presentations
of trophies and All-American honors will take place, and an
early-morning drive back to Atlanta for the flight home. Despite
losing four shooters to graduation, we expect a good core of returnees
and are already planning for and looking forward to next year.