Shaefer, Lavenhar Win Gold at Cupid's Classic

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Aaqilah Chambers shot a 445 to win bronze in women's recurve
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

STORRS, Conn. - The Columbia archery team had a strong showing at the Cupid Classic on Saturday, February 12 held at the University of Connecticut.  Sydney Shaefer had the top finish in the women's compound division, while Sara Lavenhar took top honors in the women's recurve division.

"I'm really happy with the results," said head coach Derek Davis.  "Taking the top spots without some key members of the team shows we have good depth. I'm especially pleased with the big jump in scores from Aaqilah Chambers and Mary Quien.  Considering this is Mary's first year on the team, and only her second tournament, it impressive for her to break 500 and medal so quickly."

Shaefer fired a team-high 558 to win gold in the compound division.  Finishing behind her was Quien who won silver in just her second collegiate archery tournament of her career.  Quien drastically improved on her score of 392 she shot at the Eastern Seaboard FITA on January 16 by shooting a 508. Rounding out the top-three was sophomore Emily Genatowski who finished with a combined total of 465.

Lavenhar, a first-year, was impressive in the tournament, shooting a 492 to claim gold.  She narrowly edged Maya Inamura who fired a 488 to take second, while Chambers shot an impressive 445 to win bronze. Chambers improved by almost 100 points from her total at the Eastern Seaboard where she shot a 355.

Donju Min finished fourth overall with a 395, while Marilyn He and Kate Cwynar shot 359 and 351, respectively.

The Lions are next in action on March 5 when they compete at the New York State Indoor Championships in Ozone Park, N.Y. beginning at 9 a.m.

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