TCU Headed to NCAA Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU Rifle team will head to the NCAA Rifle Championships for the eighth consecutive season. The event will be held March 14-15 at Pat Spurgin Rifle Range and CFSB Center on Murray State's campus.
TCU has had a tremendous amount of success in the National Championships the last seven seasons. They reached the pinnacle in both 2010 and 2012 as they took home the team National Championship as well as the Air Rifle National Championship in both 2010 and 2012. They have notched two fifth-place finishes (2007 and 2009) and third place finishes in 2008, 2011 and 2013. Last year, the squad took home their first-ever Smallbore National Championship. Additionally, Scherer took home the individual smallbore national championship in 2010 and 2012.
Jamie Dowd, Claudia Duksa and Catherine Green were all members of TCU's 2012 National Championship team. While not a member of the five-person team a year ago, Hannah Black qualified as an individual and recorded a career-high 594 in air rifle to qualify for the finals. She finished fifth overall individually.
Sally Li holds the lead for TCU in both disciplines. The freshman has posted a 589-point average in air rifle and a 576 in smallbore. Black is next in line with a 585 and 576, respectively. Green's 584-season average in air rifle ranks third on the squad while Megan Lee's 572 holds that ranking in smallbore.
Dowd and Green are two of the team's hottest shooters heading into the championships. Shooting in their final collegiate home matches last weekend, the two posted a 593 each in air rifle. Dowd's was a career-high while Green tied her previous personal best. Both seniors also had their best aggregate scores to date and Green improved her overall score for the fourth consecutive match.
Alaska-Fairbanks, Army, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, Memphis, Nebraska and West Virginia will accompany the Horned Frogs to the Murray State campus.
The top eight teams in both the smallbore three-position and air rifle events were selected based on the average of the three highest regular-season aggregate scores with no more than one match at any given site. The average of the three highest scores was added to the aggregate scores from the designated qualifiers to determine the top eight teams.
Individual and team competitions in smallbore three-position (60 shots) will be held Friday, March 14. Individual and team competitions in air rifle (60 shots) will be held Saturday, March 15. The overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team total scores into one aggregate score for each institution.