The second day of this year's NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships started with the Standard Pistol Championship.
Course of fire for the championship is 60 shots divided into three stages of 20 shots. Each stage consistis of four series of five shots. The first stage's series must be shot within a time limit of 150 seconds per series. Trimming a little time, series in the second stage must be fired in 20 seconds and the third stage's time limit is further reduced to 10 seconds per series.
The United States Naval Academy, United States Military Academy, Ohio State, Citadel, Oregon State, United States Coast Guard Academy, MIT, Texas A&M, Yale and United States Merchant Marine Academy were all represented in the team championship by accomplished members who had shot their way through NRA Sectionals to get to this point, however after the third stage had been fired the United States Military Academy had emerged victorious with a total team score of 2121.
Unlike the other disciplines' championships, Standard Pistol does not have a final to determine the individual champion. At the conclusion of Standard Pistol's three stages, the shooter with the highest total score is the new champion.
Tallying up another championship under his belt this year, Nick Mowrer of Pikes Peak Community College shot a 569 to claim the Standard Pistol Individual title.
To determine second and third among individuals a tie-breaker was held between Joe Totts of Ohio State and Heather Deppe of the U.S. Military Academy, who had both fired a 547. In an exciting round of shooting, both players scored 0's on the same shot due to the time limit but were unaware their opponent had also done so. Not knowing the other had also shot a 0, each shooter thought their scores would be significantly lower than their opponent until total scores were announced. In the end, Joe edged out Heather for this year's silver by a margin of two points.
After looking up at the digital scoreboards to see just how close their scores had been, Heather only had one word for the tie-breaker, 'epic.'