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Public Affairs : Pistol Team competes at nationals

Deppe earns bronze, All-America honors in Pistol championships

Staff Reports

WEST POINT, N.Y. (March 20, 2013) —Class of 2013 Cadet Heather Deppe shot the team high score three times and earned the individual bronze medal at the National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships March 11-14 at Ft. Benning, Ga.

The top ten teams and top 30 individuals, based on Sectional qualifying scores, were invited to attend the championships. The West Point Pistol Team qualified 3rd in both Free Pistol and Standard Pistol behind Navy and Ohio State, and qualified 1st in Air Pistol.

The first event was Free Pistol, which is the strongest for the U.S. Naval Academy team and weakest for the U.S. Military Academy Navy won the event with a four-person team score of 2006. Army placed second, scoring only two points behind the Midshipmen. Class of 2013 Cadet Michael Cheney shot the team high score of 510 out of a possible 600. Class of 2014 Cadets Jacob Hayes and Shane Greene shot a 502 and 498, respectively. Class of 2013 Cadet Steve Halsmer shot a 494.

Standard Pistol was the second event and normally West Point’s strongest. Class of 2013 Cadet Heather Deppe shot the team high score of 546 behind Ethan Morrison of Oregon State at 547 and Joe Totts of Ohio State at 548. Greene shot a 541 and Class of 2014 Cadet Garrett Kennedy shot a 524. Cheney struggled in this event and shot a 503, well below his average. Army’s score of 2114 was enough to place second behind The Citadel’s 2132. Navy scored a 2102 for third place.

Going into the final event, Army held a slim 10 point lead over Navy and a 28 point lead over The Citadel. Deppe again shot the team high score of 561 out of a possible 600. Halsmer recovered from his Free Pistol showing and shot a 560. Army recorded a team score of 2208 with Greene shooting a 548 and 539 for Hayes. North Dakota State University came out of nowhere to shoot a 2203 for second place while Navy recorded a 2180 for third.

Army’s three-event aggregate score was 6326; Navy, 6288; The Citadel - 6263; Ohio State, 6209; University of Utah, 6173; North Dakota State, 6108; Coast Guard, 5961; MIT, 5934; Texas A&M, 5886; Merchant Marine Academy, 5531; Yale, 4574.

While the three Open events are extended to male and female shooters, there are also two women-only events.

Army qualified 2nd in Women’s Air Pistol behind Navy and 1st in Women’s Sport Pistol. In Women’s Air Pistol, Deppe shot a 374 out of a possible 400 for 1st place. Class of 2015 Cadet Melody Yap shot a 359 and Class of 2014 Cadet Morgan White shot a 352 giving Army a three-person team score of 1085. Navy finished second with a 1084 and MIT was third with a 1078.

With a single-point lead going into Sport Pistol, the pressure was on both Army and Navy. Deppe again led the scoring with a 564 out of a possible 600. Class of 2013 Cadet Victoria Joye shot a 542. Yap had an excellent match going but had a miss fire in her next to last 5-shot series. She regained her composure on the last series but ended up with a 527.

Navy shot a team score of 1640 to Army’s 1633. Navy won the event and their two-event aggregate score of 2724 gave them the overall Women’s Intercollegiate Pistol Championship.

Army was six points behind with a 2718. Ohio State placed third with a 2640; MIT recorded a 2625 for fourth place; and The Citadel was 5th with a 2611.

Individually, Deppe won both the Women’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol events with an aggregate score of 938 making her the top female collegiate pistol shooter in the country. Courtney Anthony of the University of Nebraska was second with a 935 and Kimberly Hullings of Ohio State was third with a 930.

Eight Army Pistol Team members earned 14 All-America honors. Deppe is 1st Team All-America in Standard Pistol, Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol. Halsmer is 1st Team All-America in Free Pistol and Air Pistol. Cheney is 2nd Team All-America in Standard Pistol and Honorable Mention in Free Pistol.

Kennedy is 2nd Team All-America in Standard Pistol. Greene is Honorable Mention in Free Pistol and Air Pistol. Joye is Honorable Mention in Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol. Hayes is Honorable Mention in Standard Pistol and Yap is Honorable Mention in Women’s Sport Pistol.
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From left to right: Coach Duston Saunders, Class of 2014 Cadet Garrett Kennedy (Standard Pistol), Class of 2013 Cadet Steve Halsmer (Free and Air Pistol), Class of 2013 Cadet Michael Cheney (Free and Standard Pistol); Class of 2014 Cadet Jacob Hayes (Free and Air Pistol), Class of 2014 Cadet Shane Greene (Free, Standard, and Air Pistol), Class of 3013 Cadet Heather Deppe (Standard and Air Pistol). The six cadets were on the three scoring teams which led the West Point Pistol Team to its fourth National Intercollegiate Pistol Championship in the past five years. Photo by Class of 2016 Cadet Jack Fagerland/West Point Pistol Team

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Class of 2013 Cadet Heather Deppe won individual gold medals in Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol. She also won the individual bronze medal in Standard Pistol. Heather is 1st Team All-America in Standard Pistol, Air Pistol, and Women's Sport Pistol and was instrumental in West Point winning the overall National Intercollegiate Pistol Championship for the third time in her four years competing for West Point. USMA PAO File Photo

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The West Point Pistol Team won the Air Pistol competition with a four-person team score of 2208. Class of 2014 Cadet Morgan White (#206) is competing as an individual and Class of 2013 Cadet Steve Halsmer competes for team and individual honors at the National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships March 11-14 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Photo by Christina Ford