NEW YORK – Six members of the Columbia archery team were named to the All-East Team for the 2012 season, while two were honored by the USCA as Academic Archery honorees. Mary Quien and Sydney Shaefer earned spots on the All-East team in compound, while Sarah Chai, Anna Harrington, Sarah Bernstein and Grace Kim received All-East honors for women’s recurve. Both Chai and Bernstein were also honored as Academic Archery honorees.
The All-East team is decided by an archer's combined scores from three of four major tournaments throughout the season: US Indoor National East Regional, Adam Wheatcroft Invitational, the Nanook of the North, and the Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships (ERIAC).
The Lions competed at the U.S. Indoor National East Regional, March 9-10, the Nanook of the North, April 14-15, and most recently, at ERIAC, April 21-22, but did not compete at the Adam Wheatcroft Invitational.
Sophomore Mary Quien finished as the top compound shooter for the Lions, and fifth in the region, earning the first All-East honors of her career. Her point total of 2333 was composed of her 1097 at Indoor Nationals, 628 at Nanook of the North, and 608 points at ERIAC.
Shaefer was also honored in the compound division, giving her the third All-East honors of her career. The senior finished with 2297 points, compiled from Indoor Nationals (1108), Nanook (578), and ERIAC (611).
In women's recurve, Columbia continued to show its domination in the east, sweeping four of the six slots on the All-East team, led by senior Chai, who finished as the top-ranked recurve shooter in the region. Chai had a combined total of 2199, made up of her 1110 at Indoor Nationals, 531 at Nanook of the North, and 558 at ERIAC. Chai has been named All-East for each of her four consecutive years.
Teammate and fellow senior Harrington ranked third overall in the region with a 2166 (1032-535-599), earning All-East for the fourth consecutive year as well.
Bernstein and Kim, both first-years, earned All-East honors for the first time in their careers. Bernstein finished fourth in the region with 2137 points (1065-520-552), while Kim came in fifth overall with 2063 points (1044-470-549).
Additionally, US Collegiate Archery selected both Chai and Bernstein as 2012 Academic Archery Honorees in the Recurve Division.
The Academic Archery Honors are earned by students who rank in the top 10 GPAs over 3.0, and finish within the top 25% at National Indoors. Archers receive ranking points for each, and the archers finishing in the top 10 earn this Academic Honor.
Columbia archery returns to action May 17-20, when it competes at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships in Harrisonburg, Va.
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