Hello Trojans! It is with great pride and pleasure that we get to announce that our competitive season is underway, and what a season we’ve already had!
Our Trojan Archers started off this season in Tulare, California for California State Indoor Championships. While our entire team was not in attendance, the Trojan spirit was ever-present. Our archers Aadi Ghildiyal, Daniel Kwasniewski, Mingyu (Caesar) Cui, and Michelle DeMers were accompanied by Coach Alex Aloia for the two-day tournament, (see picture) and they undoubtedly fought on with every arrow they shot.
This year, State Indoor did not have a collegiate category, so our archers had their work cut out for them in categories with Olympic hopefuls and Junior Olympic archers alike. Despite the challenge, Aadi Ghildiyal placed 2nd in Junior Recurve Women and Daniel placed 5th in Senior Recurve Men, two of the most competitive categories of the weekend.
The great success we found at State Indoor was just a taste of what we were to experience at our biggest regional indoor competition of the year, the 2020 SoCal Indoor Collegiate Championships (SIACC). For the first time since our club’s foundation, we fielded archers in every division at SIACC, with full mixed teams (male and female archer) in each division. This alone is one of our proudest accomplishments being that one of our goals for this season was to broaden the categories we represent at each tournament. In any case, it is safe to say that USC did not just show up at SIACC, we dominated!
Congratulations to our winners:
Aadi Ghildiyal – Gold Medal – Qualification Score – Women’s Recurve
Daniel Kwasniewski – Silver Medal – Qualification Score – Men’s Recurve
Mac Whitaker – Silver Medal – Qualification Score – Men’s Barebow
Michelle DeMers – Bronze Medal – Qualification Score – Women’s Recurve
Aadi Ghildiyal and Daniel Kwasniewski – Gold Medal – Recurve Mixed Teams
Michelle DeMers and Diego Montano – Silver Medal- Compound Mixed Teams
Lisa Welter and Mac Whitaker – Bronze Medal – Barebow Mixed Teams
Brandon Chung – Bronze Medal – 1st in Flight 3 – Men’s Recurve
Olivia Lin – 1st in Flight 6 – Women’s Barebow
Yash Tripathi – 1st in Flight 4 – Men’s Barebow
In addition to the medals listed above, Trojan Archery was the 3rd Place Team in the 2020 SoCal Conference! Your captains had their eyes set on a team award this season, and the fact that we walked away with this team award this soon into the season is remarkable! We are incredibly proud of the team’s attitude and hard work at SIACC, as this is undoubtedly what led to our success overall!
We have confidence that our successes this season will not be ending here. We have National Indoor Championships coming up next weekend, followed by the Vegas Shoot the week after. We hope to continue our momentum into these next few busy weeks, and cannot wait to update everyone with our results!