Roar, Lion, Roar

Archery Wins National Crowns

Columbia’s archery team won national championships in the recurve and compound divisions at the 2017 U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships in Chula Vista, Calif., on May 20. It was the second time in three years that Columbia won both divisions at the Nationals.

Christine Kim ’20, Bianca Gotuaco SEAS’19 and Aileen Yu ’19 led Columbia past Texas A&M in the finals of the recurve division to record the archery program’s sixth national championship in the division. Gotuaco won the individual gold medal by defeating Kim in the final match, and Yu completed an individual sweep for Columbia by beating Cassandra Pelton of Georgia Southern University in the third-place match.

In the compound division, Sophia Strachan ’20, Judy Zhou ’17 and Katherine Alfaro BC’18 led Columbia over Michigan State in the finals. It was the Lions’ second national title in the compound.

Gotuaco, Kim, Strachan and Yu earned All-America honors and Kim and Strachan qualified to compete in Taipei this summer for the World University Games team.