Rifle Gears Up For Another Run

Sarah Scherer and Sarah Beard pose with the trophies.

Sarah Scherer and Sarah Beard pose with the trophies.

Sept. 26, 2012

Nine years ago Karen Monez took over the rifle program and has transformed it into a national powerhouse. In a coed sport, no all-female team has had near the amount of success that Monez's Frogs have had over the course of her tenure.

All the hard work from her first five seasons at the head of the program culminated in a National Championship in 2010. Even more impressive, three members from that 2009-10 squad were freshmen. Fast forward three years and Sarah Beard, Caitlin Morrissey and Sarah Scherer can claim two National Championships (2010 and 2012) and a 31-match regular season winning streak. The trio has suffered just two defeats in their storied careers and none since the end of the 2010-11 campaign.

Their final season in the Purple and White could be a special one as they aim to put an exclamation point on the end of their careers.

The Team
Beard, Morrissey and Scherer bring a wealth of experience to the squad and will be a large part of the top five shooters that will compete for the team aggregate score.

Scherer returns for her senior season after realizing a dream in August when she competed and finished seventh at the London Olympics. She is a two-time smallbore national champion and holds all of the TCU shooting records in both smallbore and air rifle.

Beard also brings international success to the team as she was a member of the USA Shooting squad that competed at the Pan Am Games last fall. In the spring, she came up just short of making the Olympic smallbore squad, finishing fourth.

Morrissey has been a consistent force on the line in each of her three seasons and she will once again be a big part of the team. In 2011-12, Morrissey boasted an average score of 587 in air rifle and 580 in smallbore.

Along with the three seniors, Monez welcomes back junior Catherine Green, who played a key role on the 2012 National Championship team. Following the collegiate season, Green won a pair of National Championships at the Junior Olympics. She will be one of the top five shooters as the Horned Frogs look to extend their current 13-match winning streak.

The departure of Mattie Brogdon has left an opening in the top five and there are no shortage of candidates to fill that void. Monez signed four ultra-talented freshmen in the off season and also has the experienced option of sophomore Claudia Duksa to add to the firing line. In her first collegiate campaign, Duksa saw marked improvement in her scores, setting personal bests in both air rifle and smallbore.

Hoping to continue the tradition of excellence, Hannah Black, Kelly Bogart, Megan Lee and Allie Taschuk have all succeeded at the state level and are eager to get their feet wet in the collegiate shooting world.

The Schedule
Never one to shy away from competition, Monez has put together another challenging slate. It will feature three of the programs that qualified for last year's NCAA Championships (Alaska, Kentucky and UTEP) as well as matches at Ohio State, Ole Miss and The Citadel. The schedule kicks off at the Ole Miss Invitational on Sept. 30. TCU will host three matches, two in the fall and one in the spring. The first home match is slated for Oct. 20 against UTEP. The Frogs chance to defend their National Championship returns to the Ohio State campus on March 8-9.



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