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TAIPEI - The 2017 World University Games came to a close for USA today after hard fought matches in the individual, team and mixed team events.
In yesterday's individual elimination matches, 7th seed from Texas A&M, Allie Blazek was the sole U.S. archer to pass the 1/16th elimination round to make the 1/8ths, but was stopped in a 142-141 upset by 10th seed Mat Salleh of Malaysia. In the mixed team event, both the U.S. recurve and compound mixed teams exited in the first round - the compound duo in a 148-146 upset by the 11th seeded team from Poland.
In today's team events, the recurve women and both compound teams made it into the quarterfinal round. The recurve women and compound men, both seeded 8th, faced the top ranked teams.
While the Korean recurve women's team was led by Olympic Champion and new world record holder Choi Misun, the U.S. squad of Columbia University's Christine Kim Texas A&M and USA World Cup team member Ariel Gibilaro, University of Arizona's Nicole Turnia split the second set with a strong 51 and was down only two points 53-51 in the final set, but Korea took the 5-1 win to advance.
The compound women's team of birthday girl Blazek, Isabella Bastiani and World Field Champion Sophia Strachan of Columbia University suffered a miss in their second end against India and were down 10 points. In the final six arrows, India missed an arrow of their own, but the U.S. team was down just a few points more to concede the win to India 203-198.
The Universiade is a huge multisport event that allows student-athletes who are pursuing both academics and athletics to compete on a stage of their peers. For the U.S. archers who are chasing rigorous academic schedules and the highest level of archery competition, USA Archery is so proud of your efforts, dedication, and tremendous success. The USA Archery Collegiate Archery Program welcomes archers who choose to pursue the sport at all levels at schools across the nation.
Photo courtesy of Coach Gary Yamaguchi.
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