NEW YORK - This season’s journey for the Columbia archery team continues to boast a number of impressive performances en route to the National Championships. The Lions capped off the indoor season with several top performances at the 48th U.S. National Indoor Championships to close the month of February in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Sophia Strachan led all archers in the compound with a top score of 1157, highlighted by back-to-back scoring rounds 290-plus. Judy Zhou added another top-10 Columbia finish with the seventh-best total with 1124 points. Rounding out the top-25 was Elizabeth Gunawan with a 24th place overall showing at 1082.
Christine Kim led the Lions in recurve with tally of 1114 for fifth place overall, including one of the top-round scores of 286. Joy Chang was next in the ninth place with a score 1082, followed by Aileen Yu in 12th place at 1057, Bianca Gotuaco in 14th place at 1056 and Jenny Han in 20th place at 1031, to cap five Columbia archers in the top-20. With a score of 967 Stephanie Kim placed 33rd in a field of 109 competitors.
The outdoor season began with a bang for Columbia at the Adam Wheatcroft Memorial on the first weekend of April. Strachan took the gold in the compound, edging teammate Zhou in the medal round who took the silver. The Lions went on to capture the team gold in the compound, outdueling Penn College 206-189. Six Lions placed in the top-eight of the recurve, led by Christine Kim who earned the gold. Chang tallied the bronze, followed by Aileen Yu in fourth place, with Gotuaco, Hyeongeun Park and Stephanie Kim all tied in fifth place. Columbia capped a team recurve first-place finish, finishing ahead of host James Madison.
The Lions traveled to the Arizona Cup last weekend in its final tune up before the Regional Outdoor Championships. Picking up her second-straight victory was Christine Kim in the recurve following a top score of 610 it qualification rounds. Kim put on a phenomenal performance in earning silver in the OR’s as she pushed five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig into a tie-breaking shoot-off. This after defeating defeat former resident athlete Ariel Gibilaro en route to the gold medal match. Also in the qualification round, Gotuaco took third place at 568, finishing just a point ahead of teammate Aileen Yu at 567.
Sophia Strachan led with the highest score in the qualification round of the compound with 666 points in the college junior division. Zhou placed runner-up in the college senior division of the compound with a score of 625, with Katherine Afaro in third place at 574.
Up next, the Lions will gear for the Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships from Saturday, April 22- Sunday, April 23 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.