Even though school is out for the summer, Trojan Archery is going strong! This past weekend, Trojan Archery’s Daniel Kwasniewski competed in one of the biggest tournaments in the nation—the SoCal Showdown! In fact, this was the largest USAT competition in USA Archery history. Dan faced stiff competition against some of the world’s best archers, shooting alongside athletes such as Brady Ellison, Jack Williams, and others aiming to qualify for the USA Olympic team. Dan shot strong at SoCal, especially considering it was his first USAT competition. He scored 548/720, for an arrow average of 7.61—an even stronger performance than his already impressive 7.19 average at the California State Outdoors just two weeks earlier.
The California State Outdoor Championships was a big success for our archer Aadi Ghildiyal, who scored 1201/1440, earning a silver medal for the junior women’s recurve. This is an especially impressive accomplishment given that Cal State Outdoors is a full FITA, requiring archers to shoot 72 arrows at four different distances each—70, 60, 50, and 30 meters for recurve women, and 90, 70, 50, and 30 for recurve men. At the 60 meter distance, Aadi broke the Collegiate State Record for recurve women, scoring 319/360. For many archers, being able to complete a full FITA is a goal in and of itself, making Aadi’s medal and record-breaking score all the more remarkable!
Outside of California, Trojan Archers continued to make a name for themselves. Katherine Morrison won a gold medal in the senior women’s recurve at the Oklahoma State Outdoor Championship. Katherine has worked diligently throughout the spring and summer to recover from a shoulder injury, and her teammates couldn’t be more proud of her dedication.
When not preparing to shoot alongside Olympians, Dan Kwasniewski also competed in and won the Pasadena Roving Archers’ 21 or Bust novelty shoot! The 21 or Bust is a fun local fundraiser tournament, and Dan had a great time competing with LA archers and trying his hand at field-style shooting.
As for the rest of Trojan Archery, we continue to train throughout the summer and prepare for the next year’s collegiate tournaments. Congrats again to our summer competitors and medalists!