Frogs Compete at National Championships
June 30, 2014
FORT WORTH - Current TCU rifle team member Katie Bridges and incoming freshman Mindy Miles earned a spot on the junior squad that will represent the USA at the World Championships in September.
The duo earned their spot after competing at the US National Championships held in Fort Benning, Ga. this past weekend. Bridges will represent the US in the junior women's prone event, while Miles earned a spot on the junior women's air rifle squad.
The championships served as the final selection match for the juniors that will represent the U.S. at the World Championships in Granada, Spain this September. Earlier this summer Sarah Scherer, Beard and Lorenzen earned slots on the open women's team. Added to the junior squad at the championships were Katie Bridges (junior women's prone) and Mindy Miles (junior women's air rifle).
In the junior division of the women's air rifle, the trio of Black, Miles and Bridges narrowly missed the podium as Black finished fourth, Miles fifth and Bridges sixth.
Scores fired at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Championships were added to scores fired at the National Championships to select the juniors that will represent the US at the World Championships. Miles finished third at the Junior Olympic Championships last April at the Olympic Training Center. Adding her scores from the National Championships just completed, moved her into second place in the selection process with an aggregate score of 1655.7.
Bridges received High Collegiate marks after firing an 816.1 Black received a medallion for placing second in her classification (A) as she shot a 820.7.
In the open women's event, Beard won her first of three medals with a third place finish. She fired a two-match score of 828.9. Miles and Black finished in the top 10 overall with sixth (826.4) and seventh (822.7) place finishes, respectively. Bridges finished 11th and Bogart 26th.
The Frogs boasted a pair of national champions in the women's 50m Prone Rifle event as Beard took home the women's championship with a score of 1,243.8. Bridges claimed her second junior championship of the weekend, shooting a 1,239.4. Her finish secured her spot on the National Junior Team. Bridges score was also good enough to place her fourth in the open women's division.
In the women's 3x20, Beard claimed her third medal of the weekend after finishing third with a score of 1163. Black and Bridges finished in the top ten in the junior division, finishing seventh and 10th, respectively. The highlight of the competition's first was Bogart (573), Black (572) and Bridges (569) qualifying for the eight-person final with Black finishing in 3rd place.