Mays Landing, N.J.– The Columbia archery team kicked-off the indoor season on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the 2018 Atlantic Cape Eastern Seaboard. Sophomore Sophia Strachan posted the top score in the compound with an impressive 588 points, shooting a new personal record by a single point. First-year Brittney Shin placed second in her inaugural collegiate tournament with a score of 561, along with a fourth-place finish by first-year Deborah Teo at 532 points.
“ It was great to finally start competing this weekend. We’ve been working hard all year and I think today was a really good start. I’m super excited for all the tournaments we have this year and I know we’ll only get stronger from here. “ – Sophia Strachan, Compound
“The first competition of the season is usually a bit shaky, but I think we did really well as a team this time around. And I think this optimistic start will be reflective of the rest of the season given all the hard work we put in last semester. We'll continue to work hard for a great season.” – Hyeongeun Park, Compound
In the recurve, Bianca Gotuaco led a Columbia 1-2-3 sweep with a first-place finish of 522 points. Jenny Han took runner up with a score of 512 points, followed by a third-place finish from Aileen Yu at 505 points.
“ I think we’re off to a good start. There’s a great energy on the team and I think that will carry through to this weekend’s event. “ – Derek Davis, Head Coach
Up next, the Lions will gear for the New England Indoor Open Archery Championship on Friday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb.11 in Manchester, Connecticut.