PHOENIX -Over the weekend, the Columbia archery team began the outdoor season at the 2013 AAE Arizona Cup from Thursday, April 4 - Sunday, April 7 in Phoenix, Ariz. The first outdoor World Ranking Event of the year featured some of the best archery talent in the nation, including six Olympians. The Lions competed against some of the country’s top archers in both the recurve and compound divisions.
In the recurve bracket, first-year Tiffany Kim posted a 6-2 first round win to advance to the round of 16. Kim took on two-time Pan American gold medalist Alejandra Valencia, and fell, 6-2 to finish 17th overall. Sophomore Grace Kim also tied for 17th overall with a 6-0 first round win before dropping a second round matchup to U.S. Olympian Miranda Leek, 6-0. Sophomore Sarah Bernstein landed a bye in the opening round of 32 to face Holly Stover in the round of 16. In a tough contest, Bernstein loss a close 6-5 result to the US national standout.
The compound bracket saw Julie Hoffmann advance to the second round of the tournament with 126-123 win in the opening round. Hoffman was beat by the eventual gold medalist Jamie Van Natta in the second round 141-127. Sophomore Mary Quien also took on one of the top finishers, as she faced off against Gabriela Trevino, falling 140-130 in the round of 16. Trevino was the eventual silver medalist in the compound division.
See the full results of the 2013 AAE Arizona Cup by clicking the links above.
Up next, the Lions will head to Williamsport, Pa. for the 2013 USCA East Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships from Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21.