Sidney Sullenberger, who is based in Valrico, has a decorated young career in sports shooting thus far. She received her biggest honor in November when she signed to pursue her athletic and academic career with Columbia University’s Ivy League school.
“It’s everything I’ve worked for over the past few years,” Sullenberger said. “I had no idea archery would get me this far, let alone take me to college to shoot. Seeing it all come together makes all the hard work and everything pay off.”
The Tampa Catholic High School always wanted to shoot archery in college, but she never thought Columbia would be in the cards for her future. She received offers from other schools, but especially liked the atmosphere of Columbia, city life, and coaching staff.
“Getting that offer was incredible and it was so unexpected,” she said. “The facilities and everything they can offer me will allow me to develop as an athlete and as a student.”
Archer earned a gold medal in the Junior Olympics Shooting Development (JOAD) and World Youth Team Trials competition in Decatur, Alabama last July. She placed first out of 78 girls in the JOAD Nationals and later competed with the top eight in the World Youth Team Trials, which also took first place. She was one of three girls who represented the United States in Wroclaw, Poland in early August last year. She qualified eighth as an individual in the world and her team qualified third in the world.
Sullenberger was also recently named to the 2022 U.S. U18 (Cadet) Shooting Team, and also ranked first in the U.S. in female U18s composites. She will compete in the Lancaster Archery Classic in Pennsylvania at the end of January and in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sullenberger is looking forward to competing with her Columbia teammates and shooting at the college level. As of now, you will be majoring in Sociology, and want to go down the Behavior Analytics path as a career. She also wishes to continue her shooting career after graduation.