WC Trap and Skeet Aims High

By The Elm - Sep 09,2015@6:32 pm

By Pat Mariboe

Elm Staff Writer

Since starting out as a small, bustling club in 2006 with only a few guns and even fewer members, the Washington College Trap and Skeet Team has become a trademark club sport at the school for several sport and shooting enthusiasts alike. Nearly a decade after the founding of the club, the team now consists of more than 20 members and two coaches. Coach Doug Pfaff, who graduated from WC in 2010, coaches alongside Associate Professor of Chemistry Aaron Amick, both of whom hold numerous accolades in trap and skeet competitions. The team is captained by returning senior Jacob Waechter.

“I have been humbled by this sport many times,” said Waechter. “I have certainly gained a respect for it that I did not have when I first started. This is certainly a sport of numbers, and if you do not put extensive time in to practice, you will not do nearly as well as you expect. Regardless of the score at the end of the day or our place on the list, we always support and encourage each other to go out to the next practice or shoot and break a record.”

This past spring, eight members from the team traveled to Texas to participate in the 2015 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships. The team finished in the top half of the competitors, toppling schools such as Iowa State University and Navy.

“I am very proud of the teams performance at nationals this past spring,” said senior Erica Pratt. “We have improved as a whole so much since our first nationals trip in the spring of 2014.  We know of the potential we have on the national level, and we will take that knowledge to our upcoming competitions and continue to strive to become better not only as individual shooters but also as a team.”

With the growing popularity and success of the team, more students are being encouraged to join the club and compete. Freshman Theodore Mattheiss wants to do just that.

“I would say that my expectations are pretty open ended,” said Mattheiss. “I’ve never done trap and skeet before, but I have participated in competition rifle shooting, and I plan to get into competition pistols sometime soon as well thanks to encouragement from family and friends. I’m a fairly good shot if I do say so myself, and I expect the skill to carry over well. If not, well at least I tried.”

The team practices every Wednesday and Thursday and look forward to competing in their first event of the season on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Annie Oakley Trap Shoot in Millington, Md.

“I haven’t shot with the team in a year or so and haven’t really been following the competition team,” said faculty advisor of the club Dr. Shaun Ramsey, “but I hear they’ve been killing it.”

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