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!

 

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!

Calling All Achievement Hunters!

We here at Trojan Archery are excited to announce that our club will be participating in the USA Archery Adult Achievement Program!

In order to for the developing archer to track—and, honestly, flaunt–their progress in the sport, we will begin offering mini tournament style 300 Rounds (ten ends of three arrows for a maximum of 300 points). By tracking the score with USAA’s scoring matrix, archers may earn different achievement pins that show they have reached a particular milestone in their shooting. The different achieve pins/award levels are given out based on score performance at a particular distance and target face size and varies from between the three archery disciplines. The USAA scoring matrix for indoor achievement pins is shown below as an example. For more information please check out this link for the USAA Adult Achievement Program or talk to a Trojan Archery officer.

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So whether you are shooting for recreation, to train for competition, or just to figure out what exactly is transfer-to-holding, keep an eye out for information on upcoming 300 Rounds and come join us for some friendly competition and achievement pin earning.

Until next time, shoot on!

So You Want to be an Archer: Physical Considerations

So you have decided to become an archer; where does one actually begin? For many of our dedicated readers and club members, the answer to that question is a simple one: go to a beginner class. For most other archers, however, the process starts by considering a few of their physical attributes that plays important role in the shooting process.

Hand and eye dominance
Save for those few truly ambidextrous individuals, we all have a strong preference for either our left or right hand in performing daily activities. Due to physical strength and dexterity considerations, it is highly recommended that you draw your bow with your dominant hand. This recommendation does, however, come with a caveat that you should give some thought to eye (or if you are fancy, “ocular”) dominance.

Ocular dominance describes our brain’s tendency to prefer input from one eye over the other. Due to the nature of how visual information is process, many do not realize they have such a preference. To that end, many archers, before ever touching a bow, takes an eye dominance test to figure out their dominant eye. There are various forms of tests for eye dominance; most of our members were subjected to the so-called aperture test at their first practice.

The majority of people will express a preference for hand and eye on the same side of their body; the choice of archery “handedness” is simple in this case. The remaining minority will express either cross-dominance, where the dominant eye and hand are on opposite sides of the body, or co-dominance, where there is no strong ocular dominance. For the cross- and co-dominant archers, the choice of handedness is usually made by their hand dominance.

Draw length
Due to the mechanical principles that govern how a bow builds and stores potential energy, the length to which the archer is able to draw back the bow is an important factor in getting the most out of every shot (more on this in a later post). This also goes to determine the overall length of bow an archer should use.

If you happen to have access to a shop, club, or organization that have bows they can lend you, the draw length can be measured and the equipment selected to accommodate your draw length. However, since most beginners suffer from the debilitating conditions of not owning a bow, we can instead–through consultation with an archery Oracle–make estimates base on their wingspan. Dividing the wingspan, the tip-to-tip distance spanned by your arms when both ares are extended, by 2.5 yields an approximation of the your draw length, the correspondence between draw length and recommended bow length can be made by consulting the following table, provided by Lancaster Archery Supply.

DRAW LENGTH……………..BOW LENGTH

14-16 inches……………….48 inches
17-20 inches……………….54 inches
20-22 inches……………….58 inches
22-24 inches……………….62 inches
24-26 inches……………….64-66 inches
26-28 inches……………….66-68 inches
28-30 inches……………….68-70 inches
31 inches and longer…………70-72 inches

Welcoming Our New Members

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Now that we are winding down the “test drive” period for the club, we will start handing out membership packages. Your package includes a club T-shirt, a stretch band, some adorable pins, and an awesomely pristine curriculum card. You can pick up your membership package from an officer during any of our on campus practice.

We are also going to start skill development in full force. This will take the form of mini seminars led by our captain, Max Zade, or one of our other certified instructors. Topics range from more in-depth discussion of things you already know (hook, grip, and anchor) to more advance topics (NTS shot cycle, posture, mental games). These sessions will be offered and repeated several time throughout the semester at our on campus practices.

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Finally, join us on Friday, October 6th, 6:30-8:30PM for the New Member Social!
There will  be pizza, beverages, conversations of the social variety, and some casually competitive archery. We’ll shoot at a variety of mystery objects (balloons? stuffed animals? that stupidly cute arrow puller shaped like a cat?), and there may even be some pins up for grabs. Keep in mind that you must be officially registered with the club on IMLeague, have all your forms completed, and be up to date on your dues to be considered an official member.

See you at practice, and until then, shoot on!

Funding for the Future

 

Image result for usa archeryHuge thanks to USA Archery’s Collegiate Archery Program for awarding Trojan Archery with a grant to purchase much needed bales and updated equipment.

Thanks to the Recreational Club Council (RCC) at USC for awarding us funding for additional improvements and support for our competitive team.

Thanks also to the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and the Graduate Student Government (GSG) at USC for supporting club sports.

 

We will continue to grow and succeed thanks to your support! Shoot on!