Six Archers Earn All-East Distinction
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Mike McLaughlin

NEW YORK - Six Columbia archers were named to the All-East team for the 2011 season.  Sydney Shaefer earned a spot on the compound team, while Sarah Chai, Anna Harrington, Maya Inamura, Sara Lavenhar and Aaqilah Chambers all received the honor in the women's recurve division.

The All-East team is decided by an archer's combined scores from three of four major tournaments throughout the season: US Indoor National East Regional, Adam Wheatcroft Invitational, the Nanook of the North, and the Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Archery Championships (ERIAC).

The Lions competed at the U.S. Indoor National East Regional March 12-13, the Nanook of the North April 8-10 and most recently at the ERIAC on April 16-17, but did not compete at the Adam Wheatcroft Invitational.

Shaefer finished as the top compound shooter in the region, earning All-East for the second time in her career.  The junior's point total of 2351 was composed of her 1104 at Indoor Nationals, 643 at the Nanook of the North, and 604 at ERIAC.

In women's recurve, Columbia continued to show its domination in the east, sweeping five of the six slots on the All-East team led by Chai who finished as the top-ranked recurve shooter in the region.  Chai had a combined total of 2144 made up of her 1073 at Indoor Nationals, 565 at the Nanook of the North, and 506 at ERIAC. The junior has been named All-East for three consecutive years.

Just behind Chai was her teammate Harrington who ranked second overall with a 2018 (1072-518-428), earning All-East for the second consecutive year.

Inamura, Lavenhar and Chambers all earned All-East honors for the first time in their careers.  Inamura, a sophomore, finished third in the region with a 1835 (988-449-398).  First-year Lavenhar ranked fourth overall with a combined total of 1782 (968-482-332), and Chambers rounded out the top-six with her 1711 (852-407-452).

Columbia returns to action on May 19-22 when it competes at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships in Harrisonburg, Va.