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Nov. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State pistol team recently traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nov. 7-8, to take on West Point, Utah, North Dakota State and Texas A&M. The Buckeyes posted a team total of 6260, which ranked first among the competitive field.

“We had a fantastic experience shooting at the Olympic Training center, as all of our events were on electronic targets,” Ohio State assistant coach Donna Knisley said. “We don’t have the opportunity to shoot with our `Western’ teams very often, this was a great way for all of us to shoot together mid-season.”

Ohio State tied West Point in the team air pistol competition, with scores from Buckeyes Glenn Zimmerman (553), Clay Beckholt (537), Greyson McCaig (541) and Quentin Cauffman (545). In free pistol, the squad posted a score of 1975 for the win, as McCaig placed second with a mark of 502.

Freshman Irina Andrianova earned Ohio State’s top score in standard pistol (537). The Buckeyes totaled 2109 points as a team in the event, which ranked first overall.

On the women’s side, the Buckeyes placed second with a score of 2637.

The trip wasn’t all work and no play for the Buckeyes. The traveling squad enjoyed an extra day in Colorado Springs with a trip to the zoo.

“Looks like we might have a giraffe join the team next year,” Knisley said.

Back home, the rest of the team competed at the Dr. John Fellingham Buckeye Open, which was hosted by the Ohio State rifle team. Also a fun experience for the student-athletes, the crew joined head coach James Sweeney for dinner.

The next scheduled match for the Buckeyes will be January 17-18 at Camp Perry for the International Air Pistol Match in Port Clinton, Ohio. After that, it’s a busy stretch for the Scarlet and Gray, with five home matches.