Rifle Finishes Third at NCAA Championships
March 9, 2013
The eventual National Champions, West Virginia, exerted its dominance in air rifle early and never looked back. The Mountaineers shot a team score of 2,363 in air rifle. Combined with the smallbore score, West Virginia took the championship with a final tally of 4,679. TCU fired a 2,347 in air rifle and combined with its smallbore score, posted an aggregate score of 4,664.
TCU opened the first relay with Megan Lee, Catherine Green and Caitlin Morrissey. The trio posted three solid scores of 582, 587 and 583, respectively. Green had a strong final string of shots, shooting a perfect 100 to post a 587. Lee was consistent throughout each string, firing four strings of 97 and one each of 96 and 98. Morrissey built on each string en route to her 583.
In the final relay, the combination of Sarah Scherer and Sarah Beard was not enough to overcome the solid start West Virginia got from its trio of shooters. Scherer fired two perfect strings of 100 on the way to a final tally of 591. Beard shot a 586 in her final collegiate match.
The Mountaineers Garrett Spurgeon (589), Maren Prediger (591) and Meelis Kiisk (585) helped build a sizable lead that was punctuated by a strong round by Petra Zublasing who shot a 598 in the second relay on her way to winning the individual national championship.
Shooting as an individual, freshman Hannah Black had a career day at the range. She posted the second-best score in the two relays, firing a career-high 594 (98-99-99-100-98-100). Black earned a spot in the finals and shot a 100.8 for a final score of 694.8 and a fifth place finish.
Scherer entered the finals in a three-way tie for fourth with her relay score of 591. She tied for the best final round, shooting a 104.3 to boost her score to 695.3. Tied with Jacksonville State's Cole Tucker, the duo had a shoot-off for second place. Scherer hit a 10.5, topping Tucker's 9.8 to finish second.
TCU bids adieu to a trio of talented seniors that finish their careers with an impressive resume. Beard, Morrissey and Scherer lost just three matches in their career and just once in the regular season. They had a four-year record of 48-3. In four years, they claimed two National Championships (2010 and 2012) and finished third twice (2011 and 2013).