CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Without a doubt, the first year as a varsity sport for the Washington College trap and skeet team (WCTS) was a resounding success. WCTS finished second in two fall competitions, won a pair of dual competitions over the winter, won the five-team Blue Hen Classic, and moved up two spots (against a larger field) in the final team standings at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships. "Varsity Year Two" promises to be an even more successful season for WCTS with the addition of six talented recruited freshman shooters and the return of most of last year's squad.
The team's lone senior, Jordan Ukishima (Frederick, Md./Urbana), will also serve as one of the team's three captains. Ukishima had an outstanding weekend at last year's Blue Hen Classic, finishing fourth among all competitors overall and went on to post impressive finishes in Class A International Trap and International Skeet at the ACUI Championships.
The junior class is comprised of Camerin Caraballo (Bloomingdale, N.J./Morris Knolls), Nathaniel Neuland (Thurmont, Md./Tuscarora), and Charlie Wittich (Towson, Md./Gilman), who joined the team last spring. Neuland shot in Class A at last year's ACUI Championships, finishing in the top 40 in both International Skeet and American Skeet. He was also fourth overall at the Battle of the Bay and was the team's top overall performer at the ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships. Caraballo put together an impressive performance in Class B at last year's ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships, tying for fourth in Sporting Clays and finishing in the top 25 in International Skeet, American Trap, and International Trap. Wittich made his collegiate debut at the Blue Hen Classic with top-ten performances in Skeet and Sporting Clays.
Sophomores Will Sears (St. Leonard, Md./Calvert) and Lanning Tyrrel (Lavina, Mont./Lavina) join Ukishima as team captains and are joined by Sammy DiLoreto (Harleysville, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) in the sophomore class. Sears was named the team's MVP last season, while Tyrrel and DiLoreto shared Most Improved honors. Sears was a consistent top performer all season long for WCTS as a freshman, culminating with the team's top overall individual finish at the ACUI Championships. He also had the team's top Class A discipline finish at those championships, tying for ninth in International Trap. Tyrrel finished in the top 15 in Class B in both International Skeet and American Skeet at those championships, while DiLoreto was in the top 30 in Class C in both American Skeet and American Trap.
The six-person freshman class consists of student-athletes from five different states: Greg Carpenter (Middletown, Ohio/Madison), Noah Haines (Greensboro, Pa./Mapletown), Chance Lowery (Manchester, Mich./Manchester), Sean Scott (Chester, Md./McDonogh School), Emma Smith (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key), and Carter Weems (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Two Roads Charter School). Carpenter, a three-time SCTP All-Ohio selection is a former Ohio State Skeet Association Rookie of the Year. Lowery was named to the Michigan All-State Sporting Clays Team. Weems was the NSSA Colorado State Skeet Junior Champion.
Head coach Doug Pfaff's team will again host a home competition this fall as the Battle of the Bay will take place October 19th (at Sudlersville Skeet Club) and 20th (at Schrader's Outdoors). The ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships will be held November 9th and 10th in Glenn Dale, Md., while the 2020 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships will run March 24th-28th in San Antonio, Texas.