Oct. 26, 2004
Ohio State looks to improve on its third place finish in the 2004 Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference after six consecutive championship seasons. The mid-season departure of Abhijeet Konduskar was a telling factor on the need for depth on the squad. With the return of several veteran players and an excellent group of incoming freshmen, the Buckeyes should put themselves in a place to return to the top of the conference.
Seniors Rachel Ashbrook, Ryan Kohatsu and John Robak should provide the leadership needed this year. Ashbrook, a scholar-athlete, finished the season strong with a 1,093 score in smallbore rifle at the NCAA Qualifier. She posted a season-high 373 in air rifle at the Roger Withrow Invitational. Kohatsu did not compete last season but was a WIRC first team All-Conference selection in air rifle and second team in smallbore as a freshmen. Robak shot a season-high 1,094 in smallbore rifle last season at the NCAA Qualifer and a 354 in air rifle against Nebraska.
Junior Linnea Nygren was a second team WIRC All-Conference selection in air and smallbore rifle last season. She posted a season-high 1,155 in smallbore rifle at the NCAA qualifier and a 386 in air rifle against Xavier.
Sophomores Joshua Stine and Andrew Wesel saw considerable action last season. Stine scored a season-high 1,066 in smallbore rifle at the NCAA qualifier and a 353 in air rifle at the WIRC Championships. Wesel competed in every match last season posting a season-high 1,120 in smallbore rifle and a 378 in air rifle at the Roger Withrow Invitational.
Freshmen Chantay Cie Bay, Kelly Lake and Sam Ohlinger will provide depth for the Buckeyes. Bay competed for the Ashland Eagles Junior Rifle Club and the Goodyear Zeppelin Rifle Club. Lake was a member of the Big Walnut Shooting Sports and competed in swimming in high school. Ohlinger has competed in several high level events including the 2003 World Long Range, High Power Championships in England. With the return of Kohatsu to the firing line, the returning veterans and the experience of the incoming freshmen, Ohio State has the potential to compete with the best in the country.