Buckeyes get first win in 13 years; team member Joe Totts takes Individual title

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Champions Ohio State University

Columbus, Georgia - After 13 years of almost-there seasons, The Ohio State University has won their first NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships since 2000.

Comprised of scores from the Free Pistol, Standard Pistol and Open Air Pistol championships, the Buckeyes scored 1997, 2118, 2195 respectively for a total aggregate of 6310 out of a possible 7200. Ohio State's win towered over second place U.S. Naval Academy by 51 points and third place, and defending champions, West Point by 53 points. How were the Buckeyes able to pull it all together this year?

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2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships descend on Fort Benning, Georgia

Midshipman Czerda Frank of the United States Naval Academy at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Columbus, Georgia - For the past three days the top collegiate pistol shooters have been facing off for the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships titles here in sunny - but unseasonably cold - Fort Benning, Georgia.

The more than one hundred shooters, representing 16 schools, joined hundreds of other collegiate shooters in the 3rd Annual Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships. Hosted by the United States Marksmanship Unit at their Pool International Range Complex, the event is the largest multi-discipline, shoulder to shoulder, collegiate shooting sports event in the United States.

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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament isn't the only madness this March

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - Before the tip-off to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament later this month, collegiate athletes from 16 schools around the United States will converge on Fort Benning, Georgia for the the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships.

Beginning in just four days on March 8, the six-day championships are a part of the 3rd Annual Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships at Fort Benning and will determine the top collegiate individual and team champions in Intercollegiate Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Open Air Pistol, Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol.

Who gets to go? Competitors qualified for the championships through shooting in the annual NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Sectionals, held throughout the U.S. between January and February.

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Collegiate shooters race through fun shoot obstacle course before NRA championship

Columbus, Georgia - We've already covered the fun shoot from this past spring's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia, but we thought you might like to see it in action. Above you can watch a couple two-person teams run through the four stage course.

For a quick refresh, the fun shoot's four stages were:

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Tackling the task of showing your gratitude at an NRA match

NRA's Tori Croft holds up her thank you gifts from the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Columbus, Georgia - A secret mission was carried out two weeks ago during the 2013 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships.

Tori Croft, NRA's National Manager of Collegiate and School Programs, had worked tirelessly to ensure the championships ran smoothly. Without her, the tournament wouldn't have happened.

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Everyone from this year's NRA Intercollegiate Championships in one place

Collegiate shooters at the NRA Club Championships in Ft. Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - At some point during each of the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships, held earlier this month, staff wrangled every shooter and coach together for a group photo.

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The NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championship's deciding final match

Finalists of the NRA Open Air Pistol Championships

Columbus, Georgia - The last of the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships' five matches this year was Open Air Pistol.

Like in the Women's Air Pistol Championship shot two days prior, the match is shot with 4.5 mm caliber air guns. Competitors take a standing, unsupported position and, when ready, fire on a target from a one-handed stance.

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Shooters put their John Hancocks on posters before heading home

2013 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships poster

Columbus, Georgia - Last week's NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia brought over 150 young shooters together from every corner of the United States.

Aside from the memories they'd take home in the form of photographs and (for some) trophies, Match Director Tori Croft had another great memory-creator to add to the mix - posters.

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A great tradition at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Bouncing ping poing balls at the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Fun Shoot

Columbus, Georgia - Think you can toss a kneeling roll into a trash bin from 20 feet away? How about bouncing a couple ping pong balls into a cup? Identify the correct member of the Shooting Hall of Fame? Or shoot a target the size of a golf ball from 20 feet?

What if you did all of these in a row... while being timed... competing against dozens of others.

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