Archery Adds Three in Class of 2015

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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK - Head coach Derek Davis has announced the three student-athletes that make up the archery class of 2015.  The three future Lions all shoot recurve and bring solid experience to the Columbia lineup.  The three archers joining the Lions' in the fall of 2011 are Sarah Bernstein, Grace Kim, and Miryung Yang.

"I'm really excited about the incoming class," said Davis.  "They represent a wide diversity but all share the same commitment to their sport.  Miryung comes from one of the top academic schools in Korea yet found a way to train on her own time. Grace came highly recommended from a wide range of sources including the U.S. national coach. Sarah has been on my radar for some time and has proven herself a champion time and again."

Bernstein hails from nearby Millburn, N.J. and boasts an impressive archery resume.  In 2011, Bernstein was the runner-up at the JOAD National Championships and placed third at the JOAD Grand National Championships.  She also finished third at the Indoor National JOAD Championships and placed fifth at the Youth World Archery Team Trials.  Bernstein placed ninth at the JOAD Nationals in both 2009 and 2010.

Kim finished ranked ninth at the JOAD National Indoor Championships this year.  She had previously finished 13th at the tournament in 2009, in addition to ranking 19th at the JOAD National Outdoor Championships.  The Saratoga, Calif., native placed second at the Pacific Coast Championships (outdoor) in 2009.

Rounding out the class is Yang who comes to Morningside Heights from South Korea.  She has been shooting for only two years, but has had a number of solid finishes over that time.  She took top honors at a competition hosted by the Seoul City Archery Association, and reached the quarterfinals of another of their tournament in 2010.  Yang was also a runner-up at a tournament hosted by the Suwon City Archery Association in June 2010, and was a quarterfinalist at a different tournament hosted by the same club.

This trio will look to build upon Columbia's strong recurve tradition.  The Lions have finished in the top-two at the Unites States Intercollegiate Archery Championships (USIAC) each of the last five years, including winning national championships in 2011 and 2008.

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