Shotgun sports shoots high, brings home 15th win


The Lindenwood shotgun sports team won its 15th consecutive at nationals in San Antonio, Texas. The team won by just four targets.
Photo by Cecilia Young

LINDSEY FIALA | Online Editor

Four clay targets. That’s all it took for Lindenwood’s shotgun sports team to bring home its 15th consecutive win at the 2018 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, the week of March 26.

According to the team’s press release, this year’s win was the smallest margin of victory in Lindenwood’s national championship history.

Lindenwood finished with an overall score of 2,492 compared to its closest competition, Texas A & M, which finished with 2,489. The overall score is out of 3,000.

One of the team’s trap shooters, Patrick Hopsin, shot a 100 out of 100 in trap during the competition and said compared to last year’s competition, this year was more stressful.

“Out competition is starting to catch up [with us], but we will continue to improve,” Hopsin said. “We have to stay focused and trust in each other.”

According to the press release, Lindenwood also took away the Division 1 School American All-Around championship, which is a new category introduced this year.

Shawn Kemeter was the top shooter for the entire event, walking away with a score of 572 out of 600.

The team’s win at nationals marks the end of the shotgun season. To see all of the awards Lindenwood’s shotgun team won, check out the team’s article on its official website.