Youth Will Be Served For Rifle Team
Oct. 2, 2013
FORT WORTH - Over the last decade, under the guidance of Karen Monez's watchful eye, a rifle powerhouse program has emerged. Making her leadership even more impressive is the all-female squad's dominance in a coed sport.
The 2012-13 season saw the end of an era with the graduation of three talented seniors that claimed two team NCAA Championships as well as three discipline National Champions. Sarah Beard, Caitlin Morrissey and Sarah Scherer leave big shoes to fill, but Monez planned for the future with yet another talented freshman class a year ago.
Hannah Black (left), Kelly Bogart, Megan Lee and Allie Taschuk stepped onto campus in the fall of 2012 and learned under the leadership of the senior trio. It's their turn to take the reigns and keep the tradition alive.
Catherine Green returns as the veteran of the squad. A senior this upcoming season, Green has been an integral part of the last three NCAA Championship runs. She came on late in the season to post some of her best scores in both disciplines.
Jamie Dowd is the other veteran on the squad. She came on late in the year, making a push for the final spot on the championship squad. She has shot in 22 of TCU's last 24 matches and boasts a personal best of 590 in air rifle.
The sophomore quartet took turns serving as members of the counting team, helping keep TCU's regular season undefeated streak alive. Lee and Black saw the majority of action on the counting team.
Lee burst onto the scene early in her debut campaign. She placed in the air rifle top 10 in nine of 11 matches shot. Her consistency over the course of the season earned her the final spot on the squad that shot at the NCAA Championships.
Black became the first Horned Frog since Celeste Green in 2006 to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championships. She saved her best performance for last, earning a fifth-place finish after firing a 594 in the air rifle discipline. She qualified for the finals in second place and shot a 100.8 in the finals to finish with a score of 694.8.
Bogart and Taschuk each competed in nine of TCU's 11 matches in 2012-13. Both saw score improvements throughout the season and will need to continue that trend for TCU to have success this year.
Never one to leave the cupboards bare, Monez hit the recruiting trail and struck gold with a pair of freshmen.
Sally Li comes to TCU as the program's first-ever international shooter. A decorated athlete from Singapore, Li has been a member of the National Team since 2009.
Local product Katie Bridges has done nothing but win at the rifle range. She holds the distinction of being the first junior to compete on all six international prone teams.
A competitive 15-match slate awaits the squad this season. A new wrinkle to the year is TCU's new home in the Patriot Rifle Conference featuring five other programs will give the Horned Frogs a chance at a conference championship. The six school's will face off in head-to-head match-ups before gathering in Columbus, Ohio for the inaugural PRC championships Feb. 8-9.
TCU comes into the season carrying a 41-match regular season winning streak. The first test is fast approaching as the season kicks off Oct. 4 at Memphis. The Frogs will host six matches this season as they march toward the chance at an eighth straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
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