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Oct. 26, 2004

The outlook for the upcoming pistol season is bright with the return of four of the six student-athletes the helped the Buckeyes finished third in the open NRA National Collegiate Championships and capture the Women’s National Collegiate Championship.

OSU’s top returnee is nine-time All-American senior Jennifer Trickett. She participated in both the open and women’s national championships, finishing second in women’s sport. Senior Stephanie Mack helped the Buckeyes win the women’s national championship. Junior Anthony Douglass shot in all three open events finishing 12th in standard pistol and 10th in free pistol. Senior Derek Dice contributed at the national championship by shooting in the air and free events. He finished 29th in free pistol. Also participating at the championships, as an individual, was sophomore Chip Mardis who finished 24th in standard pistol.

Depth can be found from seniors Mark Burns and Rodrick McNeil and juniors Rich Hart, Nathaniel Hamm and Bruce Moore each being ready to step to the firing line. Burns participated in four events last season while McNeil was limited to one. Hart shot in four events with Hamm having five and Moore six last season.

Ohio State has added three freshmen to the roster. They are Lauren Diefenderfer, Teresa Meyer and Jared Speck. Diefenderfer participated in the National Junior Olympic Championships and her brother, James, won the 2003 NRA National Collegiate Air Pistol Championship while at Navy. Meyer is a three-time National Junior conventional Pistol Champion and set 11 National Pistol Records. Speck has Junior Olympic State Championships in air and free pistol in Minnesota and air and sport pistol in Colorado.

Gone from last year’s championship women’s team is two-time defending national champion Jessica Marshall. She was a 12-time All-American and became the team’s second student-athlete to be honored with the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor. Letter winners Tom Eberz and Mark Seidelmann will also create a void in the line up.

With a solid group returning and an outstanding incoming freshmen class, Ohio State should be again in the hunt for the open National Championship and look to defend their women’s National Championship crown.