DURHAM, N.H. - The Columbia archery team posted a stellar showing in its latest outing in the 2013 U.S. Indoor National Championships at the University of New Hampshire on March 1 - 3. Tiffany Kim, Grace Kim, Sarah Lavenhar, Sarah Bernstein and Marilyn He represented the Lions in the recurve division. In the compound division, Julie Hoffman, Gladys Velez-Caicedo and Mary Quien had solid performances.
The National Indoor Championship is one of two mandatory events needed to qualify for Target All-American and Target Academic Archery Honors. The second qualifying event is Target USIAC.
Hoffman led Columbia, scoring 555 points on the first day of the event and 565 points on the second day to finish the weekend with a score of 1,120, good for the tenth best overall score in the country. Velez-Caicedo finished 17th overall hitting a 550 on day one and a 547 on day two for a final score of 1,097. Quien narrowly missed a top 25 finish with a combined score of 1,072.
In the recurve, Tiffany Kim led the way for the Lions shooting 527 and 553 to finish with a combined score of 1,080. Her 1,080 mark stands as the third highest individual total in the country. Grace Kim finished not far behind with a two-day total of 1,059 points for fourth overall. The Lions posted five of the nation's top-25 point totals in the recurve, including Lavenhar (19th, 966), Bernstein (23rd, 955) and Marylin He (24th, 933).
Up next, the Columbia archery team will travel to Harrisonburg, Va, to take part in the U.S. Indoor Target Nationals hosted by James Madison Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10.