USCAA 2012 3D USIAC National Championship
The 2012 3D USIACs were concluded October 21st, 2012, with record attendance in six divisions. Nineteen schools were represented and a record turnout of over 100 archers. Several matches were closely fought, with champions decided by a few points. The 3D U.S. Intercollegiate Championships began in 2009 and membership participation has increased dramatically in the last few years. Director Lorretta Sinclair stated, “I am thrilled to see 3D USIAC continue to grow and provide opportunities for athletes to compete.We have seen collegiate participation increase in both 3D and target archery reaching the highest levels since collegiate archery was started in 1963. The support from the Easton Foundations has been a major factor in our growth. It's a very exciting time to be a collegiate archer.”
In the Bowhunter women’s division, Raeanne Klein from Dakota Wesleyan University finished with a final score of 376, closely followed by Maria James of Michigan State University with a 371. Kacey Eggers of Wayne State University won the compound women’s division in a narrowly decided contest 392 to 389. Kelsey Brandkamp of the University of Missouri won the recurve women’s division handily, defeating her competitors from the University of the Cumberlands.
The Bowhunter men’s division was the largest division represented in the tournament. Michigan State University’s Andrew Flegler led the highly competitive field, finishing at 406, closely followed by Aaron Head of Southeastern Illinois College with a 399, one point ahead of the tie for the bronze between University of Wisconsin - La Crosse’s Kayne Brenner (398, 14 x’s) and Northeast Community College’s Spencer Endorf (398, 11 x’s).
In the team rounds, the mix team rounds were hotly contested, with Michigan State University victorious in the Bowhunter division, followed by Liberty University and Penn State University. The compound division was led by University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, with Mt. Marty College and University of the Cumberlands taking second and third respectively. In the men’s compound division, Liberty University took two of the top three spots, led by Ian Rigney’s 407, with Alex Blake taking third, two points behind Riley Arnold of University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. The sole representative of major target archery powerhouse Texas A&M, Matthew Requa, took first in the men’s recurve division, followed by Andrew Mack of West Virginia University and Ethan Worley of University of the Cumberlands.
A major round of applause and thanks from USCAA goes to Mizzou Archery, the host club from University of Missouri, who graciously volunteered to host this year’s 3D USIAC and ran it in a very professional manner that archers have come to expect at USCAA events. Prairie Grove Archery Club provided much welcomed assistance with the event, include hot food for sale, and a huge thank you to the USCAA volunteers who assisted with registration and the event results. The U.S. Collegiate Archery Association's mission is to develop archery across the U.S. as an open and inclusive organization providing competition opportunities for all college archers. USCAA hopes that all athletes are preparing for next year's events, including the Collegiate Indoor Nationals, Regional Championships, and 2013 Target USIACs.