Rifle Competes at Junior Olympics
April 25, 2017
FORT WORTH – Five members of the TCU women’s rifle team competed at the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Championships April 14-18 at the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Rachel Garner was the big winner, taking home the smallbore National Junior Champion with a dominating performance at the range. She held a nine-point lead going into the final after turning in scores of 587 and 585 in the qualifier. Her finish in the event has earned her a spot on the Junior World Championship team that will compete later this summer in Suhl, Germany. Additionally, it re-qualified her for the National Junior Team for the second year.
Also shooting at the event that featured 66 competitors were Casey Lutz and incoming freshman Elizabeth Marsh. Lutz fired scores of 573 and 575 to earn a ninth place finish, missing the finals by just two points. Marsh turned in a 12th place finish after firing a 579 and a 565.
In air rifle, USA Shooting used the decimal scoring system in the 40-shot competition. Lutz was TCU’s top finisher earning a bronze medal after shooting a 415.3 and a 415.2. She earned an additional three points in the final. Her finish earned her a spot on the Junior World Championship team that will represent the US in the Czech Republic in May.
Garner also turned in a solid performance finishing fourth overall. She fired a 414.9 on Day 1 and a 415.8 on Day 2. She became only the second TCU team member to fire a perfect 400 in air rifle, doing so on Day 2.
Marsh finished 10th with scores of 413.4 and 410.2, while Catherine Miller was 19th after shooting a 410.7 and a 409.4. In total, there were 180 competitors at the event.
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