By Taylor Konyk
Outgoing Sports Editor
Earlier this month Washington College’s Trap and Skeet club competed against 42 schools in San Antonio at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships. Tied with five competitors, the Shoremen and Shorewomen earned a 10th place finish. In the process, they edged out University of Virginia, Texas Tech, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Sophomore Jacob Waechter led the shoremen, finishing 202nd in the competition. He had a perfect day hitting all 50 pigeons tossed up in Men’s American Trap.
President Devin Hayward said, “This was the first year that the competition team has traveled to San Antonio for the 2014 Collegiate Clay Target Championships. We competed with roughly 600 other shooters. It was an incredible experience. We shot alongside Olympic shooters and made connections with several other collegiate teams.”
The team practices for their competitions throughout the year. In many regards, their season never truly ends, but rather they train for their next competitive event.
“We met and were coached by Olympic coaches while in Texas, which for us was an amazing opportunity. The team travels to competition shoots throughout the year so we were prepared for the competitive environment,” said Hayward, discussing the team’s coaching situation. “We have two NRA certified coaches, Doug Pfaff [a 2010 graduate of WC], and Professor Aaron Amick, both of whom are very accomplished shooters and have dedicated themselves to the club. We as a club would not be where we are without them.”
Experience levels range from experienced to novice for the Trap and Skeet Club, but with trained coaches and competitive experiences like Clay Target National Championships in Texas, the Shoremen and Shorewomen worked to bridge the experience gap.
A senior, Hayward is pleased to leave the program at its high point, though she has aspirations for the Club’s future.
“Trap and Skeet has a lot to offer a student, including the chance to become friends with the most incredible group of people I have ever met and learn a sport that is not widely offered. I would like to see the competition team travel to Texas every year from now on and to see Battle of the Bay—our own collegiate competition shoot that we run and host ourselves—continue to grow. This year we had roughly 50 shooters participate, I’d like to see that number double.”