TCU Claims Smallbore National Title
March 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a tightly contested start to the NCAA Championships, the TCU women's rifle team eked out a one-point victory to take home the smallbore national championship. The Horned Frogs fired a team score of 2,317 to earn the title.
In its quest to defend their 2012 crown, the women's rifle team put their best foot forward on Friday. They made every shot count as they held off strong performances from Alaska, West Virginia and Kentucky to earn their first-ever smallbore title.
Luck played a huge part for the Frogs as Alaska shot out of the gates to an early lead after the first two relays. The Nanooks controlled their own destiny with four shots left to fire. They needed to fire two 10s in the final four shots to take the title but just got one helping TCU win by the slimmest of margins.
Alaska-Fairbanks had the early edge after the first relay as Ryan Anderson fired a 586 to lead all shooters. TCU's Caitlin Morrissey posted a 573 in the relay, shooting a 199 in prone, a 181 in standing and a 193 in kneeling.
Shooting in her first collegiate championships, Lee held her own with a 574. She shot a 196 in prone, a 188 in standing and a 190 in kneeling. Green kept pace with the field, shooting a 576 (196 prone, 186 standing and 194 kneeling).
Sarah Scherer and Sarah Beard provided the knock-out punches as they posted two of the top nine scores in the competition. Scherer fired a perfect 200 in the prone position and followed with a 193 standing and a 195 kneeling for a final score of 588. The mark was the third-best among all competitors.
Beard started strong as well, shooting a 198 in prone on her way to a final score of 579. She shot a 189 standing and a 192 kneeling to help the Frogs earn the one-point victory. She finished strong, firing four 10s to complete her 60 shots.
Scherer qualified for the finals in the third spot, trailing the two leaders by one point with a 388. She remained third after the finals, firing a 98.7 to finish with a final total of 686.7. West Virginia's Petra Zublasing took the title with a final score of 688.3.
TCU will look to capture its second straight National Championship Saturday. Its title hopes rest on the Frogs' performance in air rifle. The first relay is set for 7 a.m. (CST).