May 23, 2019
DUBLIN, OHIO - The Emmanuel College archery team participated in the National Outdoor Collegiate Championship from May 16th-19th in Dublin, Ohio. The competition was based on qualification rounds, team rounds, eliminations rounds and Mix Team rounds. Throughout the competition, the Lions faced winds above 40 mph and constant light changes.
Emmanuel Archery finished in the Top 5 of more than 60 schools including University of Cumberlands, Columbia University, Arizona University, Michigan State University and University of California. Competition consisted of 600 archers including Resident Athletes of the USOC program, alternate shooters for the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 and USAT team members with international experience in their background.
Rachel Reshonsky and Roger Hermosilla took the Gold Medal in Recurve Mix Team competition. Reshonsky and Hermosilla, seeded 5th after qualification, made history for Emmanuel Archery by being the first duo in program history to claim a Gold Medal and a National Championship in Outdoor Nationals. Rachel and Roger faced number 1 seeded Arizona State University in the Semifinal and won the match 5-3 before claiming the Gold against James Madison University, 5-3. This Mix team event was one of the biggest team events with more than 30 teams including Texas A&M, University of California Berkeley and University of Pikeville.
Darren Bearden also showed a strong performance claiming Silver Medal in the Barebow divison and being named All-American. Bearden ranked 10th after qualification and had an exciting Semifinal match against Dan Nguyen (University of California, San Diego) resulting in a shoot-off victory. In the final round, Darren lost against the number 1 seed Cole Luburgh of Hocking College, 7-3.
Finally, Hannah Murray, Rebecca Spangler and Rachel Reshonsky claimed 3rd in the nation for Recurve Female Team defeating James Madison University, 5-1. Murray, Spangler and Reshonsky showed an amazing performance in their national team debut.
"My team had a great performance at nationals this past weekend," said Head Coach John Winchester. "They enjoyed the competition and we are breaking records across different styles of shooting. This last semester I couldn't be at campus full time for personal reasons, but I'm really excited to work with them full time next academic year as we try to claim the National Championship."
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