USD Archer Shoots for Gold

Robby Weissinger

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota student Robby Weissinger of West Des Moines, Iowa, will compete in the National Field Archery Association “Vegas Shoot” Feb. 10-12, one of the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournaments in the world.

“Archery is addicting. As soon as you start shooting, you’re always in a pursuit of perfection that you’ll never catch,” said Weissinger, a first-year elementary education major and member of the Coyote Archery Club.

Weissinger, currently ranked third based on the preliminary competition, will compete head-to-head against seven other archers throughout the three-day competition.

“What makes Robby unique is his intense drive to prepare,” said Josahan Jaime-Santacruz, coaching and programs director at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center. “He shoots for at least two or three hours, but sometimes five or six hours a day.”

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center hosts the USD Coyote Archery Club every Monday and Wednesday 7-9 p.m. All skill levels are welcome to attend.

“Great thing about archery is that everybody has to start somewhere,” said Weissinger. “I want to win a gold medal at the Olympics someday. That’s my goal. That’s what keeps me coming back everyday, knowing that if I keep working, I’ll get there.”


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hailie Warren
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