Rifle Set To Begin Season Friday
Oct. 3, 2013
The TCU Rifle team jumps right into the 2013-14 season with a pair of matches this weekend beginning Friday when TCU travels to Memphis. The squad will then venture to Oxford, Miss., to take on Ole Miss Sunday.
Both matches this season will see the Horned Frogs participate in a pair of tournaments. The Tiger Open spans two separate days and began Sept. 28. TCU will be participating in the Ole Miss Invitational for the fourth time in the last three seasons. The Rebels host a number of programs over a three-day span. The open began Sept. 28 and concludes this weekend.
TCU won its first-ever smallbore National Championship en route to a third place finish in last year's NCAA Championships. The 2013-14 squad will have just two seniors after losing four letterwinners from the 2012-13 campaign.
Catherine Green and Jamie Dowd are the veterans on the squad. Green's 584 average in air rifle last season was the best among returnees, while her 571 smallbore score was second. Dowd will also be counted on to provide senior leadership, having shot air rifle in every regular season match.
TCU will be young, but they can expect big things from sophomores Megan Lee and Hannah Black. Black had a phenomenal first season, finishing with 11 top-10 finishes on the season. She also became the first Horned Frog since Celeste Green in 2006 to qualify for the NCAA Individual Championships, where she finished fifth with a 594 in air rifle.
Lee fired 588's in air rifle in her first two collegiate outings and averaged 583 on the year. Her 577 smallbore average leads all 2013-14 returnees.
The Tigers have a bit of an opposite outlook from TCU, returning all but one shooter from last season. Dan Hermsmeier is the top returning shooter for the Tigers. He earned his fourth career All-American honor after garnering first team honors in both disciplines last season.
It is more of the same for Ole Miss's roster situation, as the Rebels also have the core of its team coming back. Five letterwinners and the Rebels' top three shooters from the 2012-13 season will be back in action, including Abbey Stanec. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in both air rifle and smallbore, while Melissa Quartarone looks to build on her team-leading 575 smallbore average from the previous season.