Rifle Returns To Action Sunday

Catherine Green

Jan. 17, 2014

FORT WORTH - The TCU Rifle team returns to action this weekend when it travels to New London, Conn., to take on the United States Coast Guard Academy on Sunday. The match marks the first of six leading up to the National Championships in March.

TCU enters the spring season ranked sixth in the latest CRCA poll. Eight teams qualify for the right to compete for the National Championship. The Horned Frogs are sitting in sixth place with an aggregate average of 4,656.33 based on scores from three different venues. They hold a seven point lead over Ohio State's ninth place average of 4,649.67.

The Horned Frogs are returning to action for the first time in two months. Its last time out, TCU finished second in the seven-team Gamecock Invitational to host Jacksonville State. Three shooters set or tied personal bests at the invite. Hannah Black lead the squad in air rifle and smallbore with 589 and 579, respectively. Freshman Katie Bridges also shot a 197 in smallbore prone, the best of any shooter overall.

Black, who participated in the NCAA Championships last spring as an individual, paced TCU in the fall with a 586 average in air rifle. Freshman Sally Li finished the fall atop the Horned Frog leader board in smallbore with a 578 average.

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Richard Hawkins, the Coast Guard comes in to the match having shot in just three matches.

The Bears are coming off an Admirals Cup win over four schools on Nov. 16. Freshman Nicholas Paisker led the team in air rifle (567) and aggregate (1120), while Alexis Chavarria-Aguilar held the top smallbore mark at 557. Chavarria-Aguilar leads the Bears on the season in smallbore (558), while Katiya Resney also has a 558 for the team lead in air rifle.



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