Competition season comes to a close

By The Elm - Nov 15,2018@12:00 am

By Chrissy Segrest

Elm Staff Writer

With their recent move to varsity status, the Washington College Trap and Skeet team has been taking shots at the competition.

This past weekend, the co-ed Trap and Skeet team went to Glenn Dale Maryland to compete in the ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships, where they took fifth place in the competition.

Senior Daniele Murdock finished as the top female of the entire competition, breaking 89/100 targets.

Coming in the top performance for WC in American Skeet, freshman Alex Sears broke 92 targets qualifying him for 11th place in the competition.

Sophomore Nathaniel Neuland and junior Jordan Ukishima were 21st and 22nd, respectively.

Breaking 85/100 targets, Senior Brendan Demas had the highest score for the Shoremen in American Trap. This made him 13th amongst all men.

In the same category, Murdock was fourth among women for her 81 broken targets.

The overall mission of this championship contest is to place individuals into sub groups for the larger competition in March — the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Senior Kaitlyn Marino and freshman Sammy DiLoreto both qualified for Class C, while their fellow teammates sophomore Camerin Caraballo, freshman Lanning Tyrrel, and junior Savannah Ross qualified for Class B.

The Class A bracket will find five Shorewomen and Shoremen, as Sears, Murdock, Neuland, Ukishima and Demas all qualified.

The team has placed in three of their four competitions this season: second out of six at the GMU Eastern Regional Championships, second out of six at the Battle of the Bay, and fifth out of eight at the ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships which took place this past weekend on Sunday, Nov. 11.

With a roster of only 10 people, some familiar faces have found themselves on the ground during the competition weekends.

A familiar face is Murdock, a trailblazer for the team. Murdock has been with the team since she was a freshman. She has finished in the top three women almost every single event since a sophomore and has continued to do so through this season’s competitions.

Murdock said she is proud of the work they have done.

“In our other recent events, we’ve taken home multiple team trophies in high overall and also a few event trophies, including first place in skeet at our Battle of the Bay.”

The athletic communications broadcaster, Conner Fleegle said “WC is settled in the middle of a geographical area in which a lot of hunting and target shooting takes place, so for the college to have a varsity sport which can showcase that is nice, not only for the college but for those in the local community as well.”

Needless to say, the trap and skeet team has much support in their success and is flourishing as a varsity sport as a part of the athletic community at WC.

Now that their season of competition has come to a close with the competition on Sunday, Nov. 11, they will look forward to the competition in March of 2019 next semester in San Antonio, Texas.

The Elm

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