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Texas A&M Archers Claim Record 20th National Title

June 21, 2018

Karissa Yamaguchi and Ariel Gibilaro.
Karissa Yamaguchi and Ariel Gibilaro.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications

The Texas A&M Archery Team recently won its 9th consecutive national championship by capturing the National Outdoor Collegiate Championship held at Newberry, Fla.

The Aggie archers won numerous divisions as they claimed their 20th overall national title since 1996. The 20 titles and 9 straight championships are believed to be national records at the club sport level.

Robert Hogan, Gus Braendle and Coby Moscowitz.
Robert Hogan, Gus Braendle and Coby Moscowitz.

Veteran Texas A&M coach Frank Thomas said of the victories, “We went from a struggling club to being national champions within two years.  We have an amazing team of coaches in Lorinda Cohen Gomez and Bill Coady (all are professors in the Department of Health and Kinesiology).  Success begets success, and we’re fortunate to have a great coaching staff, equipment and facilities.  We have had a lot of talented archers come our way.

“It’s been a great journey for the Texas A&M team.”

Texas A&M has produced archers who have gone on to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games, World Cup and World Championship levels.

Members of the Texas A&M Archery team celebrate their ninth straight national championship during a banquet.

Individual honors were won by Simon Rousseau in the Men’s Compound; Cody May in Men’s Bowhunter; and Andrea Zenger in Women’s Bowhunter.

The team of May and Zenger won the first-place gold trophy in the Mixed Team round, while Coby Moscowitz and Michelle Gilbert finished second, winning the silver trophy.

The Aggies had great success in the Team Rounds, winning the gold in Men’s Recurve (Moscowitz, Gus Brandle and Robert Hogan), and the Women’s Recurve team of Gilbert, Ariel Gibilaro and Karissa Yamaguchi also claimed the gold.

The Men’s Bowhunter team of May, Devin Patin and Judson Riley won the gold, and the Women’s Bowhunter team of Zenger, Courtney Carver and Catherin Franklin also claimed the first-place gold.


Media contact: Keith Randall, at (979) 845-4644 or or Mick Jarrett, Texas A&M Rec Sports, at

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