Feb. 16, 2018
FORT WORTH – TCU’s quest for a 12th straight berth in the NCAA Championships continues on Saturday when the Horned Frogs host No. 9 Air Force in the NCAA Qualifier.
The qualifier is one of the four scores used by the NCAA to determine the eight teams that will compete for the National Championship. The other three scores come from regular season action. All three regular season match scores must come from different match locations.
Taking into account the criteria for selection, TCU is currently second in the NCAA with a three-match average of 4,726.67, while the Falcons currently hold down the seventh spot with an average of 4,686.33.
TCU has sat second in the NCAA the majority of the year behind five-time defending national champion West Virginia. The Frogs are one of two teams with a season average over 4,700, posting a mark of 4,715.273. Additionally, TCU ranks second in both disciplines, averaging a 2,379.273 in air rifle and a 2,336.00 in smallbore.
In smallbore, the Frogs are led by the trio of Rachel Garner (584.8 average), Elizabeth Marsh (583.2) and Mindy Miles (583.0). Marsh is coming off winning the PRC smallbore individual title. Garner has been a mark of consistency, firing a 580 or better in smallbore in all but one match this season. Earlier this season, Miles hit a 595 in smallbore, a mark that ranks second all-time in program history.
TCU boasts the nation’s top air rifle shooter in Miles with a season average of 597.8. Additionally, three other Frogs, Garner (593.5), Casey Lutz (595.1) and Marsh (593.5) also average over 590 on the season.
The Falcons boast a season average of 4,668.417, a mark that is seventh nationally. Air Force ranks seventh in air rifle (2,359.167) and eighth in smallbore (2,309.25).
Logan Ogden is the top shooter for the Falcons, leading them in smallbore average (581.0), air rifle average (592.2) and aggregate (1,173.2). Anna Weilbacher and Spencer Brandon are two other shooters to watch as both average over a 590 in air rifle.
The NCAA selection show is set for 4 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The eight-team field will be announced for the NCAA Championships which will be held at The Citadel on March 9-10.