Archery Claims Five Medals at Nanook of the North
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

MANCHESTER, CONN. - In its first outdoor tournament of the season, the Columbia archery team looked sharp at the Nanook of the North Tournament hosted by the University of Connecticut.  The multi-day tournament took place April 9-10 in Manchester, Conn.  The Lions' recurve shooters swept all three medals in their division, while two compound shooters finished in the top-three in their division.

"I'm happy with the results and confident about the rest of the season," said head coach Derek Davis.  "This was a very good start to the outdoor portion of our season."

In the recurve division, Sarah Chai once again took top-honors for Columbia by winning gold in the head-to-head competition.  She edged her teammate Anna Harrington in the finals, as Harrington won silver, and first-year Sara Lavenhar won bronze.  The trio also ranked first through third in the qualifying round with Chai ranking first with a 565, Harrington second with 518, and Lavenhar third with a 482.

Also competing for the Lions in recurve was Aaqilah Chambers, Donju Min, Marilyn He, and Kate Cwynar.

In the compound division, Sydney Shaefer was the top-finisher for Columbia after winning the silver medal in the Olympic Round. Shaefer had the top score in the placement qualifier with a 643. Her teammate Gillian Kemmerer won bronze in the Olympic Round after ranking fifth in the placement round with a 582.  Mary Quien also shot in the compound division and ranked fourth with a 590.

Columbia is back in action on April 16-17 when it competes at the Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships (ERIAC) in Williamsport, Pa.