WILLIAMSPORT, PA. - The Columbia archery team recently competed at the East Region Intercollegiate Archery Championships (ERIAC) which took place on April 16-17 at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Individually, Anna Harrington won gold and Aaqilah Chambers won bronze in the women's recurve division while Sydney Shaefer finished third overall in the compound division. The Lions' recurve team composed of Sarah Chai, Sara Lavenhar and Harrington also won bronze in the team elimination round.
In the individual qualifying round, Columbia owned the top-three scores in the recurve division. Chai fired a 506, Chambers ranked second with a 452, and Harrington rounded out the top-three with a 428. Donju Min ranked fifth overall with a 406, followed by Maya Inamura's 398. Also competing for the Lions in the recurve was Lavenhar (332), Marilyn He (294) and Kate Cwynar (148).
In the head-to-head round, Harrington defeated James Madison's Dana Delaney 6-2, Inamura 6-2 and Chambers 6-0 to advance to the gold medal match. UConn's Elizabeth Didan proved to be no match for the hot-shooting Harrington as she defeated Didan 6-0 to win gold.
Chambers had her best outing of the year en route to a third place finish at the tournament. The junior edged Ashley Mull of PCT 7-5 and defeated Lavenhar 6-3 to advance to the semi-finals where she fell to eventual champion and teammate Harrington. In her final match, Chambers once again came through with a tight win, 6-4, this time over Kathryn Holmes of JMU to take home the bronze medal.
In the team elimination, the Lions dropped a hard fought 4-2 battle to James Madison, but bounced back to defeat PCT 2-1 to claim third.
In the compound division, Shaefer ranked second after the qualifier after shooting a 604 and Mary Quien shot a 522 which ranked ninth overall.
After a first-round bye in the elimination round, Shaefer edged JMU's Abbey Woods 115-113 to advance to the semi-finals where she dropped a 121-112 battle to Ashley Baker of PCT. Shaefer dominated top-seeded Julie Cain in the bronze medal match 126-102 to place third overall.
Columbia is back in action on Thursday, April 21 when it competes at the Gator Cup in Newbury, Fla.