Fort Benning, Ga.— The Ohio State pistol team is off to a good start at the National Collegiate Pistol Championships this week in Fort Benning, Georgia where the Buckeyes are looking to secure a fourth consecutive national championship.
In the first of the open events- free pistol- Ohio State came in third place with a score of 1,995. Shooters Anthony McCollum, Quentin Cauffman, Mike Soklaski, and Zach Dahmen all placed OSU in the Top 3 of that event, where it sits behind the Citadel (2,033) and Army (2,044). Individually, McCollum took first place in that event after posting a score of 532. In a tight competition, he kept his spot on top by shooting well in the finals; his score of 93 secured his first place finish.
On the women’s side, Ohio State came in second place in women’s air pistol in a hotly contested competition. The Buckeyes (1,075) were just seven points behind the U.S. Coast Guard who took the top spot with a score of 1,082. Texas A&M and MIT tied with 1,067 to round out the Top 3. Sophomore Emily Rust was the highest scorer for the Scarlet and Gray; Rust earned bronze in women’s air pistol thanks to a score of 367 and, like McCollum, she had a very strong showing in the finals, putting up a score of 91. Teammate Irina Andrianova was right behind her in fourth place.
For Ohio State competition began on Wednesday and will continue through Friday.