Rifle finishes in a tie for fifth at NCAA Championships
March 11, 2007
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Competing in their first-ever NCAA Championships, the TCU Horned Frog rifle team finished in a tie for fifth place with Nebraska. The Frogs completed the competition with a seventh-place finish in the air rifle discipline with a score of 2,293. TCU's team consisted of four freshmen, giving them the distinction of the youngest team in the championships. At a banquet Saturday night, Head Coach Karen Monez was honored as with the NRA Distinguished College Coach of the Year award.
"For a group of freshman, the only such group in the field, it was an impressive finish," remarked Monez. "It gave them a lot more experience. We are looking forward to next year and competing at a higher level."
TCU was in fourth place heading into day two of the competition, thanks to a strong performance in smallbore in which they scored 2,330. Erin Lorenzen finished sixth in the qualifying rounds, allowing her the opportunity to shoot another round. She shot a 93.3 in the final round, giving her a final total of 674.3 for the tournament, good enough for a seventh place finish.
On Saturday the field competed in air rifle, where TCU posted a seventh place finish with a tally of 2,293. Lorenzen was once again the top performer for the Frogs as she finished 12th with a 587. Simone Riford grabbed a 15th-place finish, shooting a 586. Lauren Sullivan came in 23rd with a score of 583, while Emily Paper rounded out the Frogs' finishers with a 574, placing her 36th.
The Frogs' aggregate total of 4,623 tied them with Nebraska for fifth in the competition. Alaska-Fairbanks claimed the title for the ninth time in school history with an aggregate score of 4,662.
Fairbanks, Alaska - March 9-10, 2007
Air Rifle Results