Rifle Honored At White House

Sept. 14, 2010

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Members of the 2010 NCAA Championship rifle team traveled to Washington D.C. over the weekend for a special ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama, honoring all 2009-10 NCAA Champions.

Erin Lorenzen, Simone Riford, Sarah Scherer, Sarah Beard and Caitlin Morrissey, along with Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte, Associate Athletics Director Ross Bailey and head coach Karen Monez made the journey to Washington D.C. for the ceremony.

The team received a special thrill as the President formally acknowledged the TCU rifle team in his five-minute long welcome speech. The team arrived in the capital city on Monday for the celebration and returned home Tuesday morning.

"We've got the sharpshooters from the TCU rifle squad. Where are they?" Obama asked in the opening minute of his speech. "I think that they may be able to give the Secret Service a run for their money."

"It was a great thrill to be invited to the White House," remarked Monez. "It was an even greater thrill for the team and the program to be recognized in President Obama's speech. The entire trip was full of special moments for the team. It will be cherished for a long time to come."

Over 650 athletes from 32 different schools made the journey. The TCU rifle team sported black dresses to the event, which was held on the south lawn of the White House, and wore purple and black cowboy boots with the TCU logo. As a gift to the President, the team gave President Obama his own pair of TCU cowboy boots.



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