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Public Affairs : West Point Pistol beats Navy

Pistol Team beats Navy 

Story and photos by West Point Pistol Team
WEST POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2014) — West Point hosted the Naval Academy Pistol team at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center for the annual Army-Navy Shootout Feb. 22-23.

Free Pistol, an Olympic event, was the first event to be fired. Competitors have two hours to fire 60 record shots at a very small bull’s-eye target. From each team’s roster the coach must select five individuals who they feel will be the top performers for that day. From the five individual scores, the top four scores are counted for the team score. Class of 2014 Cadet Shane Greene led the scoring with a 516 out of a possible 600. Class of 2014 Cadets Julian Trent and Jacob Hayes followed closely, both shooting a score of 508. Class of 2017 Cadet Mark Lister rounded out the scoring team and shot 495. West Point won the Free Pistol event with a score of 2,027 to Navy’s 1,963.

Standard Pistol was the second event of the match. In this event, each competitor fires four series of five shots with 150 seconds for each series. Each competitor then fires four series of five shots with 20 seconds for each series. Lastly, each competitor fires four series of five shots with 10 seconds for each series. Hayes led the scoring with a 543 out of a possible 600. Class of 2016 Cadet Anthony Veith followed closely with a 540. Greene shot a 532 and Class of 2014 Cadet Garrett Kennedy shot a 527 for a team score of 2,142. Navy shot a 2,096, giving West Point a 110-point lead after the first two events.

The shootout concluded with Air Pistol, an Olympic event where each competitor has one hour and 45 minutes to fire 60 record shots. Class of 2017 Cadet Jeff Schanz led the scoring for West Point with a 559 out of a possible 600. Class of 2017 Cadet Dashiell Andrews shot a 552, Trent shot a 550 and Hayes shot a 547 to give West Point a team score of 2,208. Navy shot a team score of 2,209.   

In between a Naval Academy shooter are Class of 2017 Cadet Dashiell Andrews (left) and Class of 2016 Cadet Andrew Moore (right), competing in the Standard Pistol Event during the annual Army-Navy shootout Feb. 22-23 at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.
Class of 2017 Cadet Jeffrey Schanz shot the match high score of 559 in Air Pistol as the West Point Pistol team beats the U.S. Naval Academy Feb. 22-23 at Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.

The Women’s Pistol team also competed against Navy’s women. Although women may compete equally against men in Free, Standard and 60 Shot Air Pistol, there are also two “women only” events—Women’s Air Pistol and Sport Pistol. The two event aggregate score for West Point’s women was 2,689 to Navy’s 2,664. Since every college does not field a women’s team, these scores are not included in the overall team aggregate score.

West Point’s three-event aggregate score was 6,377 to Navy’s 6,268.

“Navy has an excellent program and is always a top competitor in intercollegiate pistol,” West Point Pistol Coach Duston Saunders said.

West Point’s season record improves to 17 wins and one loss. In addition to winning the National Intercollegiate Pistol Championship four out of the past five years, the win over Navy proved that West Point has a pistol program second to none.

“Beating Navy was one of our main goals for the year,” Kennedy, team captain, said. “This major victory is a great way to finish our regular season and get us psyched for the National Intercollegiate Pistol Championships at Fort Benning (Ga.) in two weeks.”