Rifle Scores Another Big Victory
Feb. 12, 2017
FORT WORTH – The TCU women’s rifle team completed the regular season undefeated (12-0) after a dominating victory over UTEP on Saturday at the TCU Rifle Range. The Horned Frogs fired a team score of 4,714, the sixth-best score in program history.
The Frogs’ dominance on the range this season has put them at the top of the pack in the NCAA. The latest score of over 4,700 was the 11th time in 12 matches the team has crossed that elite plateau. TCU turned in a top-10 program mark in smallbore, firing a 2,336. It added a 2,378, the second-best mark in school history, in air rifle.
Sally Li and Ariana Grabowski paced all shooters in smallbore with identical marks of 586. For Li, the 586 matched her season-high fired on Oct. 22. Mindy Miles and Rachel Garner contributed 582s to the cause. While not factoring in the team score, Nicole Hankey finished third with a personal-best 584 in the event. Catherine Miller also tied her personal-best with a 578.
A trio of Frogs either tied or set personal-bests in air rifle. For the second straight match all five shooters fired a 590 or better. Hankey set a career-high, while Garner tied her career-high as both fired 597s to lead the field. Li and Miles each fired a 594 to finished third and fourth, respectively. While not factoring into the team score, Grabowski fired her first-ever score of 590.
Hankey's career day on the range produced an aggregate score of 1,181, tops among all shooters in the field. Garner followed closely behind in second with a 1,179 aggregate score. Grabowksi tied her personal-best aggregate score (1,176).
With the regular season complete, the Horned Frogs will turn their sights to the next weekend’s NCAA Qualifier. The score posted in that match will be one of the four scores used by the NCAA to determine the field of eight for the 2017 NCAA Championships set for March 10-11 in Columbus, Ohio.
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