March 24, 2017
Fort Benning, Ga.— The 2017 National Collegiate Pistol Championships have come to a close and Ohio State claimed two national titles to close out its 2016-17 campaign.
The Buckeyes claimed the fourth women’s team aggregate national championship in school history and Irina Andrianova won her fourth individual national championship, coming out on top in women’s sport pistol. It’s her third consecutive national title in that event and the 33rd individual national championship in program history. Former Buckeyes Teresa Meyer (seven) and Jessica Marshall (six) are the only other shooters in program history who have earned more individual championships than Andrianova.
The other three women’s team aggregate crowns came in 2004, 2005, and 2009. This marks the 32nd team national title in Ohio State history.
Ohio State placed fourth in the open team aggregate competition.
“Although we are disappointed with 4th place this year,” head coach Donna Knisley said, “everyone worked very hard to get to this national championship and we will continue to work toward our return next year. We had a fantastic regular season with no losses and plan to continue the same next year.”
The Buckeyes were able to claim their women’s aggregate national championship thanks to some great performances on Thursday, including Andrianova’s title. After placing second in women’s 40-shot air pistol the day before (1,075), Ohio State came back to place first in women’s sport pistol (1,610) which vaulted them into the top spot of women’s aggregate.
Friday was the last day of competition in Fort Benning with open air pistol the lone event remaining. OSU placed fourth in that event as well to secure its fourth place overall finish. Individually, Anthony McCollum claimed a silver medal in open air with his score of 565.