2014 Nationals Day 1
Two events were contested on the first day of competition – Women’s Air Pistol in the morning, and Open Free Pistol in the afternoon. Our day started in great fashion with Jackie Wu (361), Jennifer Hsu (360), and Kristine Kim (359) combining to take first place in the team event, 9 points ahead of second-place North Dakota State University, with Ohio State third, Navy fourth, and Citadel fifth. Jackie was our only individual qualifier; she finished fifth in the match and fifth after finals. Jennifer and Kristine both shot well enough to make the finals, but because they hadn’t prequalified as individual competitors (qualification was based on Sectional scores) they were ineligible.
Our Free Pistol team consisted of individual qualifiers Jackie Wu and Nico Fine, plus Thuan Doan and Kristine Kim. Unlike last year, where temperatures were in the high 30s or low 40s and everyone wore every scrap of clothing they could find, today was sunny with a light breeze and temperatures in the low 70s, with short sleeves the uniform of the day. Three of our shooters were at or above average, but one encountered some serious difficulties that led to a low score, and we finished well out of the awards (this wasn’t actually surprising as we had qualified low). It was a tough afternoon following such a good morning, but it’s over and behind us.
We’re looking forward to the Standard and Sport Pistol matches tomorrow.