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Feb. 24, 2016

Columbus, Ohio— The Ohio State pistol team keeps rolling, with a first place finish at its Winter Invite on Jan. 29-30.

The Buckeyes placed first with 5303 points; Akron came in second with 5112 points, while Purdue, Urbana, and Cedarville rounded out the rest of the standings. Specifically, OSU’s women’s team aggregate score was 2733, well above the contingents from Akron and Cedarville.

Individually, Ohio State shooters were all over the top of the standings all weekend long. In free pistol , Michael Soklaski led all comers with a score of 257 while Quentin Coffman came in third place with 239. All four of OSU’s shooters in that event tallied scores of at least 245; there was just one such score from the other four schools combined.

In standard pistol, Irina Andrianova’s score of 538 was good enough for second place and all five Buckeyes that shot in that event recorded scores over 500, the only team to do so. OSU placed the top two finishers in the air pistol event, with Anthony McCullum and Andrianova going 1-2 with scores of 561 and 558.

For women’s sport and women’s air pistol, the same two Buckeyes took first and second place: Andrianova and Elizabeth Szalajko. Andrianova was the top finisher in both events with scores of 567 and 370, respectively. Szalajko took second with marks of 551 and 367.

When all was said and done, Andrianova led the way in two-gun aggregate scoring with 937. Her teammate Szalajko was second with 918 and Liz Buerling was the next highest finisher with 866 points. In three-gun aggregate, McCullum came in second place with a score of 1336.