Archers hit targets at 3D Outdoor National Championships
October 6, 2019 | Foley, Ala.
Sophomore Connor Rothermel earned a silver medal in the men's Olympic recurve division, and the women's compound team finished fourth, to lead Liberty University to an 11th-place combined team finish out of approximately 40 universities at the USA Archery 3D Outdoor National Championships in Foley, Ala.
The event was held in extremely hot and humid conditions at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve.
|Skelton celebrates a teammate's bullseye.|
"The heat index was over 100 degrees so the individuals had to be extremely strong and I am extremely proud of them," Flames first-year Head Coach Ben Summers said. "Having a silver medalist, that's a huge deal. I heard comments from other teams on how kind and great our shooters are, so it was a very positive thing. We put Liberty archery on the map this week."
|Connor Rothermel eyes a 3D target.|
In Saturday's individual events, Rothermel beat out archers from the University of California Irvine, Georgia Tech, Kentucky Christian, Emmanuel (Ky.) College, and others, finishing runner-up to a competitor from the University of Pikeville, (Ky.)
Hannah Suber placed fifth in the women's barebow competition, fellow sophomore Hala Skelton took 10th in women's compound, and freshman Emma Suggs was 15th in the women's bowhunting.
Suggs, Skelton, and senior Nicolle Dieterly, who fired consistent 10s in her first tournament, nearly upset eventual champion University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in the semifinal round of Sunday's women's team compound event before finishing fourth.
"We went through three rounds of shooting and were tied all the way into the last arrow," Summers said. "We forced the No. 1 team to shoot for a 14, which is really difficult to hit, or we would have gone to the gold medal match. For our shooters to put the pressure on them was amazing."
|Hannah Suber finished fifth in women's barebow and on a mixed equipment team that also qualified fifth.|
The women's mixed equipment team of Suber (barebow), Skelton (compound), and senior Rachel Beiler (bowhunting) qualified fifth and the men's mixed equipment team of graduate Louis Boyd (compound), Rothermel (Olympic recurve), and junior Josh Lotspeich (bowhunter) qualified seventh.
"They did extremely well," Summers said.
Suber partnered with sophomore Isaac Underhill to place ninth in the mixed barebow event while Skelton and Boyd finished ninth in the mixed compound competition, and Beiler and Lotspeich were 16th in mixed bowhunting.