About GESTL Team captain Two-time NCAA participant Lone underclassman on Army's NCAA unit in 2013 First female to qualify for the NCAAs as a freshman since 2009 Member of Army's record-tying air rifle team Two-year letterwinner
2013-14: Turned in Army's top mark in air rifle (586) for 21st place at the NCAA Championships ... second straight year a member of Army's firing unit after helping the Black Knights earn 11th straight berth ... among Army's largest contingent of women to compete at the NCAAs with three in five-man contingent ... ranked among Army's leaders in both disciplines throughout the season ... turned in team's second highest score in air rifle at the GARC Championships recording a career high 590 to tie for 11th place ... one of just four Black Knights to score a 590 or above in that discipline ... previous high 588 posted in third-place finish in conference win over North Carolina State ... tied for third-place with a 585 in triangular sweep at NCAA qualifier ... averaged a 586.75 in final four meets of the regular season ... recorded a career smallbore score of 580 in first meet of season against Ole Miss to earn runner-up honors in Army's sweep of the top three places ... equaled that mark in third-place finish against Murray State ... six times placed in top four in that discipline -- runner-up, third and fourth twice ... second highest score of 579 fired at the NCAA Qualifier in third-place showing.
2012-13: Worked way into the lineup as member of the firing unit in air rifle by the first meet of the season ... posted a 579 and bettered that mark by 10 points in the first meet of the winter campaign with a career high 589 ... score earned third-place honors in sweep of The Citadel and North Carolina State ... equaled that mark in triangular split with Jacksonville State and Ole Miss firing Army's second highest score on air rifle unit that tied school mark of 2357 ... tied personal -best 589 earning share of medalist honors with teammate Richard Calvin in NCAA Qualifier sweep of USP and SUNY-Maritime ... posted a 587 in runner-up finish in GARC regular-season finale against Nebraska ... tied for Army's second highest air rifle mark at the GARC Championships with a 586 ... season-high 575 in smallbore recorded at the President's Trophy Match ... score was Army's second highest of the meet and just one point shy of third-place honors ... second highest score of 574 posted against Nebraska ... fired a combined score of 1154 (568 SB, 586 AR) in first trip to the GARC Championships. Prior to West Point: Competed five times in the Junior Olympics posting third-place finishes in age group in both disciplines in 2008... placed sixth overall and first in age group the following year ... qualified for the American Legion after placing in the top 15 nationally in 3-position air rifle .. ... high women in prone anysights at the NRA nationals in 2010 ... high women in prone in the state of Pennsylvania (2008-12) ... lettered twice in volleyball at Palmyra Area ... co-captain ... member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Given name is Ayssa Sue Gestl ... parents' names are Erin and Shelley Gestl ... brother Alex (16) ... grandfathers Ernest Gestl and Dennis Mantz served in the military ... comes from a shooting family that includes father, brother, uncle (Eric Gestl) and grandfather (Ernest Gestl) ... majoring in Management.