There is an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation on the range as The Ohio State Pistol Team begins to prepare for its defense of the 1999-2000 Collegiate National Championship. The Buckeyes are coming off a 13-5 season in which they improved with each outing and were ranked No. 1 heading into the national tournament. Once there, they proved the No. 1 ranking was legitimate, as they won the free and standard pistol championships and finished third in air to carry off the team national championship. It was the first time in collegiate pistol history that a non-military team won the title.

Other records were set when the Buckeyes’ women’s teams won both air and sport pistol championships. Also a first, OSU used only four shooters, two male and two female, in the three open events to take the national title.

Letter winners David Murphy, All-American Laura Murray, the 2000 womens’ sport and air pistol individual champion, Alicia Lee and Mike Holmes will be absent from the team this year.

Returning student-athletes include All-American Paul Zelenak and Karen Tessneer, both members of the four-person national team as well as Robbie Parrish and Robert Taylor. Zelenak won the national free pistol championship and finished second in air pistol and third in standard.

Newcomers Jessica Marshall, Adrienne Nowels, A.J. Sayers, Mark Seidelmann, Sarah Rankin and Patrick Burke round out the roster.

While the Buckeyes will be relatively young, there is no shortage of talent. Coach Jim Sweeney is hopeful that talent will develop as the year progresses. If so, look for the Buckeyes to again be in the hunt for national recognition.