NCAA Rifle Championships Begin Friday
March 13, 2014
FORT WORTH - The TCU rifle team has become a fixture at the NCAA Championships. On Friday, the Horned Frogs will make their eighth straight appearance in the championships. This year's match will be held on the Murray State campus.
Green, a senior, is the most seasoned veteran on the squad as she will be making her fourth appearance. Also a senior, Dowd will be making her first trip to the championships. Lee was apart of the 2013 squad, while Black attended the match and shot as an individual. Li, a freshman, has led the Frogs in both disciplines all season long.
The Horned Frogs enter the championships coming off one of their strongest performances of the season in the NCAA Qualifier against Air Force. As a team, they fired a 2,349 in air rifle and a 2,311 in smallbore. The aggregate score of 4,660 was just one point shy of the season-high shot against Ole Miss on Oct. 6.
Individually, a pair of Horned Frogs had career days as Green matched her career high and Dowd fired her career high in air rifle. Both shot a match-high 593. Li maintained her season-long consistency as she led the Frog shooters with a 584 in smallbore.
The two-day tournament begins Friday with the smallbore competition and wraps up Saturday with air rifle. The overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team total scores into one aggregate score for each institution.
TCU has had a tremendous amount of success in the National Championships the last six 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 campaigns. They have notched two fifth-place finishes (2007 and 2009) and a trio of third place finishes in 2008, 2011 and 2012. In addition to its third place finish a year ago, the Frogs won their first-ever Smallbore National Championship. Additionally, Sarah Scherer took home the individual smallbore national championship in 2010 and 2012.
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.
Alaska-Fairbanks, Army, Jacksonville State, Kentucky, Memphis, Nebraska and West Virginia will accompany the Horned Frogs to the Murray State campus.
Schedule of Events: Smallbore Relay 1: 8 a.m. Relay 2: 10:45 a.m. Relay 3: 1:30 p.m. Finals: 4:30 p.m.
Relay 1: 8 a.m.
Relay 2: 10:30 a.m.
Finals: 1 p.m.