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2018 Collegiate Pistol Sectionals

Collegiate Pistol

Three ORPA Junior Pistol Program alumni competed in the Collegiate Sectional match at The Ohio State University on February 10th. Robert Delagrange is in his second year as a collegiate pistol shooter for The OSU Pistol Team. Rob competed in the Open 60 shot Air Pistol Match, scoring a 520, Free Pistol shooting a 484, and Standard Pistol finishing with a 517. Jessica Syme, from Ashland University, is competing for her third year. She shot the Women’s Sport Pistol event, scoring a 536, Standard pistol with a 496, and 40 shot (Women’s) Air Pistol with a score of 331. Brett Tucker, a third-year member of the University of Akron’s Pistol Club, represented his team in Air Pistol with a score of 559, Free Pistol with a 497, and Standard with a 532. The three collegiate shooters were originally members of the ORPA Junior Pistol program, coached by Fred Totts. Jessica and Brett have recently aged out of the Junior program, but Rob will compete alongside the other ORPA Juniors this summer.  The scores from The OSU Sectional Match were used to determine qualifiers from across the nation, regardless of school division or size, for the 2018 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships. All three ORPA Junior alumni qualified to compete from March 17-20 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Rob qualified in the Free Pistol event and will join his OSU teammates in Georgia. Jessica qualified in Women’s Sport Pistol and she is excited to make the trip to compete again on the national level. Brett qualified in Free Pistol, Open Air Pistol, and Standard Pistol individually, and will be competing on the University of Akron teams for all three events. See your next edition of Gunsmoke for the results from this exciting match where collegiate pistol shooters from across the nation will compete. 

Submitted by Jessica Syme

ORPA Junior Pistol Alumni Compete in Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Three ORPA Junior Pistol Program alumni recently competed at the 2018 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships in Fort Benning, Georgia. Robert Delagrange, Jessica Syme, and Brett Tucker all competed as athletes from their respective universities—Rob for the Ohio State University Pistol Team, Jessica as a student from Ashland University, and Brett as a member of the University of Akron’s Pistol Club. Coach Fred Totts was proud to support his three ‘kids’ during the match, as he served as the Coach for the University of Akron’s team. Nationals are held every spring, with qualifiers determined based upon scores shot at the Sectional Matches. This year, the dates were March 17th to the 20th.

Rob qualified in Free Pistol, finishing with a score of 452. Brett finished this event with a score of 480. Brett also fired as a member of the Akron Free Pistol team, which finished in 6th place. Brett shot the Men’s Sport Pistol event, winning the silver medal. Brett shot a 536 for Standard Pistol, shooting on the Akron team that finished in 5th place. Brett also competed in the Open Air event, shooting a 557 and qualifying for the Final. He finished the event in 6th place. The University of Akron pistol club claimed its first time on the podium in the program history, a third-place medal for the Open Air event. Jessica qualified for the Women’s Sport Pistol event, finishing in 11th place with a score of 523.

The competition concludes with an awards banquet to recognize the event winners and All-American athletes. Brett Tucker claimed two All-American honors. He was recognized as member of the Second Team for Standard Pistol, and Second Team for Air Pistol. The Ohio State University Pistol Team claimed the title of National Collegiate Pistol Team Champions, beating the US Coast Guard Academy (2nd) and the Citadel (3rd). The University of Akron, Coached by Totts, finished 5th in the overall team standings. During the awards ceremony, coaches and athletes that go above and beyond for Collegiate shooting sports are recognized. One of these awards is the “Spirit of the Sport” award. One collegiate athlete is recognized each year to receive this prestigious award in honor of Bill Wayda. The award states “Presented annually to the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships participant who best exemplifies the ideals that make our sport what it is today. The honoree with possess compassion for fellow competitors, strength and knowledge in the sport, a passion to excel and a proven desire to share the sport we love with others.” Jessica was recognized as the Fifth Annual Winner of this award, presented in person by Bill Wayda and Tori Croft (the NRA's National Manager of Collegiate and School Programs).

All three of the ORPA Collegiate shooters are planning to compete this summer in NRA precision pistol competitions. Rob will compete as a member of the ORPA Junior Pistol Program, as he is completing his final season as a Junior. Brett and Jessica will continue to compete as collegiate shooters over the summer. All three will return to their respective universities to compete as collegiate pistol shooters in the fall, Jessica and Brett will be seniors and Rob a junior.

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