Archer Adam Androlia to Compete in World University Games
Adam Androlia, a junior kinesiology major at Occidental College, is one of 12 American archers who will compete in the World University Games set for July 17-25 in Madrid, Spain.
The Malibu resident qualified for the national team by finishing third during the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships held May 10-13 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
“To be representing Oxy at the World University Games is a great honor,” Androlia said. “When I was 13, I made a decision that I wanted to be on an international team, so this is a dream come true. People make lists of things they want to do in their lives before they die, and at age 20 I get to cross one of those things off.”
In Madrid, Androlia will compete – individually and in team rounds – on the recurve male division squad. Recurve is a more traditional shooting style that, unlike compound shooting, prohibits scopes and release aids. Androlia will be shooting from 70 meters, in which the highest scoring ring – the 10-ring – is 4 ½ inches in diameter. About 240 archers from 20 countries will compete in the World University Games.
Androlia first got into archery at 10, when he let fly his first arrow at summer camp. He’s the first Occidental student ever to compete in the sport at the NCAA level. In April, he won first place in recurve competition at the Western Regional Collegiate Championships held at Stanford University. Also this year, Androlia was named an Academic All-American and an All-American by the collegiate section of the U.S. National Archery Association. During Olympic trials held June 5 in Mason, Ohio, he narrowly missed qualifying for the team, losing a place by a scant four points.