2018 Collegiate Pistol Sectionals
Three ORPA Junior Pistol Program alumni competed in the Collegiate Sectional match at The Ohio State University on February 10th. Robert Delagrange is in his second year as a collegiate pistol shooter for The OSU Pistol Team. Rob competed in the Open 60 shot Air Pistol Match, scoring a 520, Free Pistol shooting a 484, and Standard Pistol finishing with a 517. Jessica Syme, from Ashland University, is competing for her third year. She shot the Women’s Sport Pistol event, scoring a 536, Standard pistol with a 496, and 40 shot (Women’s) Air Pistol with a score of 331. Brett Tucker, a third-year member of the University of Akron’s Pistol Club, represented his team in Air Pistol with a score of 559, Free Pistol with a 497, and Standard with a 532. The three collegiate shooters were originally members of the ORPA Junior Pistol program, coached by Fred Totts. Jessica and Brett have recently aged out of the Junior program, but Rob will compete alongside the other ORPA Juniors this summer. The scores from The OSU Sectional Match were used to determine qualifiers from across the nation, regardless of school division or size, for the 2018 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships. All three ORPA Junior alumni qualified to compete from March 17-20 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Rob qualified in the Free Pistol event and will join his OSU teammates in Georgia. Jessica qualified in Women’s Sport Pistol and she is excited to make the trip to compete again on the national level. Brett qualified in Free Pistol, Open Air Pistol, and Standard Pistol individually, and will be competing on the University of Akron teams for all three events. See your next edition of Gunsmoke for the results from this exciting match where collegiate pistol shooters from across the nation will compete.
Submitted by Jessica Syme