Trap and Skeet Make Debut as Varsity

By The Elm - Oct 18,2018@12:00 am

By Kayla Zapcic

Elm Staff Writer

The Trap and Skeet started their first season as a varsity sport at the University of Maryland Terrapin Classic on Sept. 29, competing again at the George Mason University Eastern Regional Championship on Oct. 6 and 7.

The Trap and Skeet team joined the Goose Nation family in the 2017-2018 school year. Both Head Coaches Douglas Pfaff and Aaron Amick are excited about becoming a varsity team.

“I am excited to have attained varsity status, it really is something special. There were times when we weren’t sure it would ever happen, but now that it has we intend to make Goose Nation proud,” Pfaff said.

Amick has similar feelings about becoming a varsity sport.

“Coach Pfaff and I have worked for a long time to get the program to the point of being a varsity sport. Being a varsity sport allows our athletes to be part of the Washington College Athletics family where they will receive a first-class athletic experience, invaluable lessons, and a lifetime of personal engagement,” Amick said.

The team made an outstanding start to their season at the University of Maryland Terrapin Classic, where senior Danielle Murdock won the ladies division. Murdock broke 85 out of 100 targets to clench the title.

“After the first competition, I was happy with the turnout. The four members that attended and myself all shot fairly well. It was nice to get some practice in a competition setting before we go to George Mason Eastern Regionals, which is where our season really kicks off,” she said.

Sophomores Nathaniel Neuland, Camerin Caraballo, and senior Brendan Demas also competed in the collegiate division.

Neuland broke 83 out of 100, Caraballo broke 79, and Demas broke 78.

Coach Pfaff also competed at the classic in the open division and broke 89 out of 100 targets.

At the GMU Eastern Regional Championship, the Trap and Skeet team finished second overall with 1,237 points.  WC placed second in Sporting Clays and third in Combined American Trap and Skeet.

Neuland landed 19th with a score of 244. Caraballo finished 23rd overall with a score of 237.

Murdock finished as the highest scoring female and 10th-highest competitor among 42 entrants at the competition with a total score of 253.

Freshman Will Sears finished 12th overall, scoring with 252. Senior Brendan Demas finished 14th overall with a score of 251. Junior Jordan Ukishima was 24th overall with a score of 237.

Freshman Lanning Tyrrel finished with a total score of 224 for 29th overall. Junior Savannah Ross finished in 32nd place with a total score of 201, while freshman Sammy DiLoreto was 40th with 138.

Overall, the team and coaches seem excited to make the WC Athletics family proud in their first season.

The transition from club to varsity sport has run smoothly and both coaches are looking forward to the upcoming season to show that their team has what it takes to compete.

“We have a very young and talented team …  I expect a very good year from our returning team members and senior captains who put in a lot of work this summer. We have some outstanding new additions to the varsity squad this year who are making great progress,” Amick said.

The Trap and Skeet team will compete at home this weekend in the Battle of the Bay. The competition will extend from Saturday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 21.

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