Taking the Competition

We’re halfway through the Indoor Season, and our Trojan Archers have already amassed 17 titles! We’ve had a tough schedule here with two back-to-back tournaments at the very start of the semester.

CA State Indoor Championships

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At CA State Indoor, Aadi Ghildiyal (left) became State Champion for Collegiate Women’s Recurve AND set a new state record! Daniel Kwasniewski became State Champion for Collegiate Men’s Recurve. Alexandra Aloia won silver in Collegiate Women’s Bowhunter and Michelle Demers won silver in Collegiate Women’s Recurve.

In only one year, Trojan Archery came from no medals, to two gold and two silver in the state of California for collegiate archery. We literally sent four archers and came back with four medals. That’s 100% success!

Southern California Indoor Archery Collegiate Championships (SIACC)

At SIACC, hosted by SGA Alumni Association and sponsored by Fivics USA, Trojan Archery dominated the competition in Recurve and Barebow. We competed against several other SoCal archery clubs such as UCLA, UCSD, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach and CSUN.

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The 2019 Trojan Archery Team, coaches Terri, Jim, and Luke, and our sponsor, Fivics USA, at the SoCal Indoor Archery Collegiate Championships (SIACC).

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Barebow Men’s Qualification- Bronze Medal- Vijay Kothapalli
  • Barebow Men’s-Flight 1-Gold Medal – Vijay Kothapalli
  • Barebow Men’s Flight 2 Silver Medal – Winston Wei
  • Barebow Bow Women’s-Flight 2- Silver Medal- Allison Ou
  • Barebow Mixed Teams- Gold Medal – Winston Wei and Allison Ou
  • Bowhunter Women’s-Flight 2-Silver Medal- Alexandra Aloia
  • Recurve Women’s Qualification- Gold Medal- Aadi Ghildiyal
  • Recurve Women- Flight 1 Gold Medal- Aadi Ghildiyal
  • Recurve Women- Flight 2- Silver Medal-Katherine Morrison
  • Recurve Men-Flight 1- Gold Medal- Dan Kwasniewski
  • Recurve Men Flight 2 – Silver Medal -Brandon Chung
  • Recurve Men Flight 4- winner – Justin Cheng
  • Recurve Mixed Teams- Gold Medal- Aadi Ghildiyal and Dan Kwasniewski

This is the most medals we have won in a single competition! We just couldn’t believe how the medals literally stacked up! It is a huge accomplishment to represent this well in this many bow styles and in qualifying scores, round robin eliminations and team rounds. More than half of the team took home awards at the end of the day.

 

 

 

In only a year, we have come a long way as competitors in SoCal claiming 13 titles from only 4 in 2018. Below are our champions from 2018 SIACC: (from left to right) Hei Leong, Rob Campbell, Daniel Kwasniewski, Alexandra Aloia, and George Park. Beside them are our 2019 SIACC champions: (from left to right) Winston Wei, Vijay Kothapalli, Allison Ou, Katherine Morrison, Aadi Ghildiyal, Daniel Kwasniewski, Alexandra Aloia, and Brandon Chung (Justin Cheng also won Flight 4 for a sweet Fivics quiver pouch!).

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To Our Coaches

We could not have made it this far without our fantastic coaches. Thank you to our head coach, Terri, and our assistant coaches, Jim and Luke! You have been unwavering support and incredible mentors.

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From left to right: head coach, Terri Ashley-Macquarrie, Luke Dever, and Jim Macquarrie.

Too Eager to Rest

We’re not done yet! We have only one weekend off in our competition schedule, and then we face National Indoor and the Vegas Shoot back-to-back once more. Several of our archers have already been practicing straight out of the competition weekend! Though many have an extended weekend, our team members are vigorously preparing for the remainder of the indoor season. We are also preparing our training schedules for the upcoming outdoor season. What can we say? We’ve got Trojan Fever!

Support Your Champions!

Are you impressed by our success and our Trojan Pride? Do you want to beef up our practice schedule and send us to more competitions? There are a number of ways to support this amazing club and team!

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Visit the Support Us pages to explore a variety of options, ranging from monetary donations to cardboard, target, and equipment donations.

You can show just as much support when you Send a Shout Out as a thoughtful message, passionate cheer, or creative project. You can motivate and support our team morale! We you need you, Trojans!

We are also hosting our annual fundraiser tournament to support our range and equipment costs, and to provide lodging and transportation for the team. The format is a 600 round, which is two rounds of 10 ends with 3 arrows per end. Archers of all ages are invited to participate. Award medals will be given to the top three archers in each division! We will be providing drinks and snacks, as well as t-shirts and button pins at the event.

Register for the 2019 Trojan Archery Fundraiser 600 Round

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Welcome Back!

Our archers were hard at work all Sunday training to become certified instructors. They are the bread and butter of the club, responsible for running the range safely, teaching beginners, and developing our archers’ techniques. Thank you and welcome Instructors!

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Get Involved!

It’s a new semester and we are getting ready to host First Timer Classes for anyone interested in learning archery for the first time. Your first two lessons are free!

If you’d like to meet us in person and learn more, come find us at the Involvement Fair this Wednesday, 11 am – 2 pm, on Trousdale! We’ll have some small giveaways and cool equipment to show off. We will post our location on Facebook and Instagram.

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Follow Us!

Are you reading this blog right now? Do you follow it? Did you know you can follow it? Click on the Follow button in the sidebar! Get your friends and family to follow it! It’s a great way to support your Trojan Archers. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for cool photos, facts, and updates!

We’ll be posting regular updates on our spring competition season, training efforts and social events.

 

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Send a Shout Out! 

Motivate your fellow trojans by sending good wishes, cheers, chants, poetry, art, memes, whatever creative endeavor you want to contribute to build our club and team pride! We would love to see your contributions!

 

Resolution – MORE ARCHERY!

 

Happy New Year from everyone here at Trojan Archery!

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We hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  Our New Year’s Resolution? More archery, of course! Most of us have had archery on the brain all through the academic break (some of us never stopped practicing!), and now we are preparing to enter the thick of Indoor Competition Season. We’re also preparing for round two of recruiting and training new archers.

Beyond our club or personal success, we enjoy all the new faces that pass through each semester, all for different reasons. Even if it is for a single practice, it is our mission to engage an archer and share the experience of the sport. The transformations are amazing to watch. So, as we look forward to the fresh start of competition season, the first experience for many, and to the new archers we’ll meet in the next month, we wonder if archery can be a new (or rekindled) adventure for YOU this year.

 

Set that Resolution!

Have you always wanted to try archery, but were unsure or didn’t have the time? Do you know a friend or family member who has always wanted to try? Do you want to know what its like to be your favorite archer character?

Maybe you’re already in! Do you want to hit gold? Maybe get more consistent? Want to earn your first award? Or are you on to your next achievement pin? Want to try a new bow style?

Or maybe you’re long distance. Want to be part of our Trojan network? Maybe you’re creative and want to create our new cheer? Or maybe you want some long distance archery advice?

Make Trojan Archery a New Year’s Resolution! 

 

Get More Involved with Trojan Archery

Think about how you would like to incorporate more archery into your life. Make it a goal. Write out achievable steps (baby steps!) to reach that goal. Take an action every day or every week to make it happen.

Below are some simple actions to take to meet your goal of getting more involved with Trojan Archery, specially. We would love to see it happen!

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SIGN UP 

Follow our newsletter to watch for practice sign ups. There’s no charge for your first two practices! FREE! Equipment and instruction provided. Experience archer with no further expectations than to try it.

FOLLOW US

Follow our Facebook and Instagram! Send us some love and support through the year as we post cool stuff about our activities and about archery in general.

JOIN US

Check out our Membership pages to open a new chapter in your life by committing to a semester, or a year, of archery! There are a number of benefits that come with membership. You can learn more about Team Membership, too, if you want boost your competitive Trojan spirit! Alumni, Faculty, and Staff are also welcome to join.

LEAD US

Check out our expanded Leadership Opportunities if you are interested in getting more involved in the club. The club exists thanks to our student leaders and instructors, as well as volunteers within the club and community. Become a cornerstone of the club and boost your resume at the same time!

SUPPORT US

Check out our new Support Us pages to find out how to support our club and collegiate team. We get limited funding from the University and depend upon our membership dues and fundraising to maintain the range and equipment, increase development opportunities, and to afford our competitions seasons. We also appreciate donations of targets, cardboard, and equipment. You can also send us some love! Give us a shout out to support our club and team members.

CONNECT WITH US

Are you a USC Alum? Are you a Trojan Archery Alum? We believe in the strength of connections through our Trojan network. Not only will you be able to link back to a passion you had (and still have!), but you will be an immense support network for your fellow archers and USC students. Our archers develop valuable leadership skills, time and stress management, mental and physical discipline. When they’re moving on and searching for their next career step, we want to be there to support them! Whether it’s archery or career advice, you can be there (or maybe we can be there for you!). Contact us to become part of the Trojan Archery Alumni Network – see how we have grown, access some cool SWAG, connect with old friends, support new generations!

 

Best wishes to you for this new year! Have you set any archery resolutions? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us to share your goals or send us a shout out to send us motivational New Year messages.

Finals Season, Final Qualifier

It’s final examination season here at USC, with classes winding down and students hitting the libraries. Here at Trojan Archery, however, we decided to celebrate the last days of class by participating in the final qualifier for the SoCal Indoor Archery Collegiate Championship (SIACC) down at Cal State Long Beach, because, after all, archery is life.

For several of our members, it was their first competition, and what a day it was for first experiences. Despite the downpour of a few days ago, the weather was incredibly pleasant, with bright blue skies and a brisk wind (that may or may not have had an adverse effect on the Webmaster’s arrow flights). Old friendships on the shooting line quickly resurfaced, and new ones forged themselves solidly as the day went on. Laughs were in no abundance in between ends, either, with a heated debate over the right way to eat string cheese taking place (for those of us that eat it like a candy bar instead of peeling it, you know the flak you get for that) and the image of our beloved coach Jim eating one of our mochi cats imprinting itself firmly into our minds. It was a wonderful end for the fall semester, and bears good tidings as we move into the spring season.

As a last announcement, we are thrilled to announce a new addition to the Trojan Archery E-board: Henry Connor, our resident “barebow big boy,” who has accepted the role of barebow team captain. We are very excited to have Henry among our team leaders, if a bit wary of him playing “All Star” on a recorder at team events.

Until next time, best of luck with final exams, and shoot on!

The Magic Number Is 4

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This past weekend, our esteemed President Daniel Kwasniewski attained a USA Archery Level 4 coaching status, propelling him into the upper echelons of the archery world.

“It was one of the best experiences I have had during my short time in the archery community,” Dan said of his experience. “It [the class] really helped me understand the finer details of the shot process and what it takes to become an elite archer.”

Over the course of a week, Dan and 24 other Level 3 certified archers studied at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in San Diego, where several of the nation’s top archers reside and train. The course was taught by National Head Coach Kisik Lee, as well as Level 5 certified coaches Guy Krueger and Linda Beck, and Level 4 certified coach Eric Tollefson.

Of the thousands of certified NTS coaches in the United States, only one hundred and sixty nationwide are qualified with a Level 4 designation. Currently, there are only twenty three in the state of California, one of which is our esteemed coach Terri MacQuarrie.

We at Trojan Archery would like to congratulate Dan for this monumental achievement, and look forward to further watching his progression through the world of archery. Shoot on!

SIACC Qualifier Emergency Announcement

Due to the spread of the recent fires in California, the SIACC Qualifier at Rancho Park Archery Range has been cancelled.
Full refunds will be given to participants, or can be transferred for registration for a following qualifier if ours was the only one you signed up for.
Our thoughts are with the thousands affected by these fires, and we hope that you stay safe.

Hello, My Name is Igor

This past Wednesday Trojan Archery deviated slightly from its longstanding Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving and monster hunting, opting instead for a more nuanced approach of shooting games and a costume contest. Members took aim at ghosts, Cthulhu, a six-legged spider unfortunate enough to find itself on the receiving end of our archers’ arrows for the second year in a row, and the ever-present tic-tac-toe (because at the end of the day, there’s still nothing quite like a good old-fashioned team chant to close out the night).

We also found ourselves a surprise addition to our team that evening: a pumpkin deemed worthy by our good Social Chair to serve as top prize for the winner of the costume contest, affectionately nicknamed “Igor” (or was it “Igourd?”) by the club members and almost universally decreed as the most adorably hideous pumpkin any of them had ever seen.

 

Until next time, shoot on!

Trojan Archery’s Competitive Team: Now Recruiting!

Hello Trojan Archery Family!

We are reaching out to all general club members to see who is interested in representing USC at the local, regional and national levels by competing with the Trojan Archery Competitive Team. During the fall semester, the Team competes in local tournaments at the Pasadena Roving Archers (PRA), as well as in scrimmages with other schools such as UCLA, Long Beach, and Cal State Northridge. During the Spring Semester, the Team travels to about 4-5  tournaments, regional and national. It is not required for team members to participate in every tournament. 

Please fill out this survey if you are interested in joining the team.

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~~~~JOINING THE TEAM~~~~

The Trojan Archery Team welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students of all skill levels. The goal of competing is completely attainable for someone during their first year of archery, and we have had many first-time club members compete in the past. This year, Trojan Archery has even more potential because of our increase in practice time, and thanks to our certified USA Archery Coaching Staff: Lvl 4 NTS-Coach Terri, Lvl 3-NTS Coaches Jim, Luke, and Brian, as well as former Team USA member and USC alum, Joe Fanchin. We hope to have all interested members compete in at least ONE tournament. 

Interested club members are expected to have developed basic form and minimum scores (nothing unattainable!) before attending team practices at Rancho Park or PRA. Our Team Captains will approach all interested members and evaluate their progress before a formal invitation.

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~~~~TEAM PRACTICES~~~~

Please fill out the Survey to show if you are interested in joining the Team during our additional practices (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday). You are not expected to attend every practice, but you are expected to attend one Team (preferably Thursday) and one Club (preferably Friday) practice a week, plus one PRA practice/tournament per month. 

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~~~~PRACTICE SCORING ROUNDS~~~~

There are 5 opportunities per month to practice scoring so that we can evaluate your progress.
Once per month, we have a 30 arrow scoring round (300 Round) during PED practices. Every other Thursday at our Rancho Park practices, we have a 300 Round and/or Team Rounds.
On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, the PRA hosts a 300 Round ($5 if you are not a member of PRA). You are expected to be able to participate in at least 2 scoring opportunities per month. Your scores qualify for the Pin Achievement Program as well!

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~~~~TOURNAMENTS~~~~

The Survey also includes introductions to the tournaments we plan to register for this year. Please tell us the tournaments in which you are most interested and most likely to attend. This is form is for initial interest and is not yet a hard commitment to upcoming competitions, but registrations are approaching so please consider the options seriously.

*Just as a note, there are costs associated with going to these tournaments for registration, travel, and hotels. 

~~~~Explanation of Costs~~~~

On average, about one third of club members become competitive archers. To reflect this, 30% of dues is dedicated to supporting team efforts, while 15% of dues is put toward Coaches for archer development. We apply each year for University support as well, which varies by our performance and needs. While this does cover a significant amount of competition costs, we must fundraise for remaining costs and leave some costs as out-of-pocket expenses. 

Costs are approximated based on past experience, and will vary depending upon how many people attend each tournament. If you think costs will be a problem, talk to us and we will try to accommodate you. We will be fundraising leading up to the tournaments to try to reduce overall costs. We do expect team members to assist with fundraising efforts.  

Registration fees secure your spot in the tournament. These are always out-of-pocket to enforce commitment. Local competitions generally cost $5-10, while regional and national tournaments average between $80-170. You do not have to attend every one!

While you might not think of it, team jerseys are a competition cost, too. You must wear a jersey when competing at the regional and national levels (and ideally at the local level as well). While we do usually subsidize the cost of the jersey by nearly half, you should expect to spend at least $40 (you get your name on it!) You are more than welcome to purchase more than one, but additional jerseys must be bought at full price (between $60-80 depending on order size). 

Hotel costs are calculated by multiplying the average room rate by the number of nights stayed, divided by the number of people per room. These costs will be largely, if not entirely, covered by the club and fundraising efforts. 

Travel costs are calculated by estimating the total gas cost per car, divided by the number of passengers. These costs might be reduced with fundraising efforts. 

Meals are not provided and are out-of-pocket. The complete trip for a tournament generally runs from Friday night to Sunday night, so expect to cover a weekend’s worth of meals. The club does provide water and snacks during tournament hours, and often hotels will include a light breakfast, leaving you to cover lunch and dinner. If you have ANY dietary restrictions, please contact us well in advance so that we can plan ahead to meet your needs. 

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We hope to see many of you join us at team practices in the near future! We would love to take as many members as possible to these tournaments to represent USC, but more importantly to show your progress and passion for archery!

Shoot On!

The September Social

With the month of September winding down, we are happy to report that the club practices are going strong! We have taught over 150 new archers, many of whom have since joined as official club members.

In light of the new members’ dedication to return to the same place every Friday night and launch projectiles into giant foam Oreos, we at Trojan Archery decided to forgo our traditional practice sessions with one celebrating their arrival in the world of collegiate archery. Pizza was served (seven boxes to be exact, all of which were devoured in less time than it takes to set up an Olympic recurve bow), and conversations of the social kind were held between members across all of USC’s various schools (a computational neuroscientist and a musician walked into a bar…). Games were played, as well: teams of archers strove to outdo their competitors at the all-hallowed tic-tac-toe, while others, taking our unofficial slogan of saving the bees to heart, aimed at honeycombs rather than our pollinary little pals.

The night was closed with a 300 scoring round, because what better way to end the evening with some good old-fashioned bulls-eyes? Several of our new members shot the official USA Archery format, many of whom earned their first pins. We look forward to watching their progress as they further their journey into the arcane study of the bow and arrow.

Until next time, shoot on!

Back to the Beginning

Welcome back archers! We hope your semester is off to a great start. The first three weeks of Beginner and Returner Practices were a success! Thanks to the hard work of our instructors and executive board, we have been able to host over one hundred beginning archers since the start of the semester.

If you were not able to attend any of the first time archery sessions, then you’re in luck! In response to the overwhelming interest in our club, we are hosting additional Beginners Practice sessions every Wednesday and Friday until the end of September. That makes six more first timer lessons until we close off our practices to returners and club members only!

Remember to subscribe to our newsletter and sign up for the practices. We have to limit the number of archers for each practice do to the availability of instructors and equipment, so don’t wait too long or you may lose your chance!

REMINDER: everyone MUST complete the IMLeagues form on the Practice Sessions page BEFORE attending your first practice. If you have not yet completed this form, please remember that it is a requirement of USC and we will not be able to allow you to join the club without it!