COLUMBUS, Ohio – Katelyn Abeln and Emily Nothnagle have been selected as the 2020-21 Ohio State Pistol team captains. Nothnagle, a redshirt junior, returns for her second consecutive season as a Buckeye captain.
“The pistol team chose Emily Nothnagle and Katleyn Abeln after a multi-step process, culminating with a vote last week,” head coach Emil Milev said. “Emily was a captain last year, while Katelyn is new to this role. Both are determined to elevate the experience of each team member, provide support, and be the voice of the team. I’m looking forward to their leadership, community commitment, and team bond they will bring to The Ohio State pistol team this season.”
Nothnagle hails from Hershey, Pa., and has garnered loads of academic honors in her first three years as a Buckeye. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar owns three top-20 finishes at the Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, including a 13th-place Sport Pistol showing in ’19. Her other two top-20 individual finishes helped elevate Ohio State to the 2018 national team title.
“I am honored to be voted a captain for such a fantastic team,” Nothnagle said. “As a captain, I intend to be a valuable resource to my teammates as we navigate this unusual season and continue our pursuit of excellence.”
Abeln made an immediate splash in collegiate pistol as a freshman, seizing First Team All-America accolades in Air Pistol, Standard Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol last season. She then went on to not only compete in the Olympic Trials, but also secure Team USA’s alternate position for both Women’s Sport and Air Pistol at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. Abeln tacked on OSU Scholar-Athlete laurels as well.
“I am honored to one of our captains this year,” Abeln said. “I plan on motivating my teammates to work hard on and off the range while helping everyone maintain a positive attitude throughout the season.”