Oct. 14, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team completed a successful first home match of the season with a 4645 – 4606 victory over the University of Akron Sunday.
“It was a great first home match of the season for our team. It was fantastic to see our entire squad in action after taking a smaller group on the road for the first two weekends of the season. To be able to host Akron’s entire team as well made for a great match environment,” Ryan Tanoue, Ohio State head coach, said Monday.
The Buckeyes fired a team record 2345 in air rifle, besting their previous mark set at Ole Miss earlier this season. In air rifle Ohio State was led by sophomore Remington Lyman who fired an impressive 595, a personal best. Freshman Deanna Binnie posted a solid 586 while senior Amanda Luoma (583), junior Greg Hagar (581) and freshman Chrissy Thomas (573) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
In smallbore Ohio State fired a 2300 led by Luoma who fired a season best 580. Lyman fired a 579 with Binnie close behind with a 575. Hagar and Thomas (566) rounded out team scoring for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State and Akron fielded additional teams for the match with Ohio State Gray defeating Akron Blue by a score of 4597 – 4582.
Freshman Anthony Cuozzo led Ohio State in both smallbore and air rifle firing a 576 and 582 respectively. Redshirt senior Dan Chapman fired a 566 in smallbore and a season high 581 in air rifle. Sophomore Alex Kimura equaled a personal best with a 571 in smallbore and posted a season best 580 in air rifle. Junior Megan Polonsky (563 smallbore, 570 air rifle) and freshman Kendal Elder (556 smallbore, 578 air rifle) saw their first action of the season and rounded out team scoring for OSU Gray. Junior Jane Lankes (540 smallbore, 553 air rifle) and freshman Megan Hilbish (549 smallbore, 578 air rifle) also saw their first action of the season.
“Our score of 4645 is a home match record and was only three points shy of the overall team record that we just fired last week at WVU,” Tanoue continued. “To be able to back up our performance from last week with another good outing is a huge step in terms of consistency for our team and gives us a solid foundation to build off of for the rest of the fall season. I felt that the team overall has been putting in the time in training and that showed today with our first team score as well as the OSU Gray squad nearly shooting 4600.”
“It was also a great moment to watch Megan, Kendal and Anthony in their first action as Buckeyes as well as Deanna and Chrissy in their first home match. We have a week off before heading out to Nevada for our first conference match in the Patriot Rifle Conference and we will be pushing to build off of our solid start to the season.”