Archers Gear Up for National Championships

Atlantic Cape Community College’s nationally ranked archery team has continued its legacy of excellence at several tournaments this season as it prepares for the U.S. National Outdoor Collegiate Championships, May 21-24, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Sungwoo Shin of Galloway, a 2014 archery All-American, will return to defend his title. At the 2014 championship, Shin won the overall individual Male Recurve title.

The archery team is preparing for the outdoor championships this month.

The archery team is preparing for the outdoor championships this month.

Most recently, team members competed at the Eastern Regional Intercollegiate Championships at Columbia University in New York City, April 25-26. In Male Recurve, Shin placed 1st; Phil Holmer of Northfield was 13th, and Andrew Ciurczak of Woodbine was 20th. In Female Recurve, Ariella Mossman of Somers Point was 19th, Hillary Paladini of Mays Landing was 20th, Cori Lightcap of Williamstown was 24th and Aimee Fischer of Somers Point was 25th. In Male Compound, Nelson Vega of Buena was 13th, Chris Ferraro of Egg Harbor City was 16th, and Steve Church Jr. of Villas was 17th. In Female Compound, Christine Papaycik of Egg Harbor Township was 13th and Lorena Koidl of Point Pleasant was 14th.

At the Adam Wheatcroft Memorial Tournament in April, the Male Recurve team took 2nd place, with Shin placing 1st, Holmer 5th and Ciurczak 9th. The Female Recurve team placed 3rd, with Paladini earning 4th, Mossman was 5th, Kaitlyn Wilde of Somers Point 12th and Lightcap 13th. In Male Compound, the team took 4th overall, with Vega placing 8th and Robin Cruz of Egg Harbor City 14th. In Female Compound, Papaycik took 5th.

In February, archers competed in the New Jersey State Archery Championships against teams from Rowan, Princeton and Stockton universities. At the tournament, Atlantic Cape archers won the following individual state championships: Shin, Male Recurve; Vega, Male Compound; and Rosalinde Hill of Brigantine, Female Compound. Other Atlantic Cape archers who placed in the tournament include: Female Recurve, Mossman, 2nd, Fischer, 3rd, Wilde, 5th, Paladini, 6th, and Lightcap, 8th. Papaycik was 2nd in Female Compound and Koidl was 3rd. Holmer placed 4th in Male Recurve and Cruz took 2nd in Male Compound.

Atlantic Cape also hosted the Eastern Seaboard Championships in January, which drew more than 200 archers from five states and nine colleges. Shin place 1st, Holmer 6th, and Ciurczak took 13th, in Male Recurve. Fischer was 10th, Wilde 12th, Mossman 13th, Paladini 17th and Lightcap 18th in Female Recurve. Vega was 5th and Cruz 6th in Male Compound. Papaycik was 8th, Hill 9th and Koidl 10th in Female Compound.

The team is led by long-time archers Chad Affrunti of Atco and John Repnicki of Galloway, head coach and assistant coach, respectively. Atlantic Cape’s archery team has a history of success, producing more than 40 All-America archers and hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships three times.

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