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USA Shooting’s Sarah Scherer Leads TCU to NCAA Championship Title

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.

ncaaFor the second time in three years, Texas Christian University (TCU) has captured the NCAA Rifle Championship Title.  Under the direction of Coach Karen Monez, 1979 World Champion in Air Rifle, the all-women’s rifle team overcame a five point deficit in the second day of competition to beat defending National Champion Kentucky Wildcats. 

Rifle shooters from the top eight NCAA teams and individual qualifiers competed this past weekend at the Championships on the campus of Ohio State University. Of the competitors, 13 are members of the USA Shooting (USAS) National, National Junior or National Development Teams.  Additionally, the top individual finishers at this year’s NCAAs in both smallbore and air rifle will be shooting for their respective federations at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

The Wildcats stormed out to an early lead after the smallbore competition on March 9 behind a team-best 587 from USAS National Team member Emily Holsopple (Wilcox, Pa.). However, they  would eventually fall short in airgun, giving way to the depth and accuracy of the Horned Frogs. 

On their way to the title, TCU’s quintet of shooters earned nine All-American honors in both smallbore and air rifle competition including: 2012 U.S. Olympic Team nominee Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.), USAS National Team member Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.), Caitlin Morrissey (Topeka, Kan.), Mattie Brogdon (Dawsonville, Ga.) and Catherine Green (Coventry, R.I.).  Scherer, just two weeks after earning a berth on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for airgun, continued to showcase her rapidly-rising fortunes by earning the award for the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association’s Most Outstanding Athlete of the championships.  

In smallbore (.22 caliber) competition, Scherer won the individual NCAA National Championship title by fending off Army shooter Michael Matthews (Johns Creek, Ga.) with a total of 688.6 points.  Holsopple would finish third, leading the Wildcats to their second smallbore national team title.  Just two points behind was the U.S. Military Academy with 2,325 points and Texas Christian University in third with 2,323 points. 

In airgun, Scherer was once again tied for the lead with 60 qualification shots left in her third NCAA season.  This time, however, her opponent was West Virginia University’s Petra Zublasing.  Also in contention was National Junior Team member Abbey Stanec (Sharon Center, Ohio) with 592 points.  Zublasing, who will be shooting for Italy in both Women’s 10m Air Rifle and Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position at the 2012 Olympic Games, surged ahead with a huge final—103.2 points—to claim the title.  Ole Miss Rebel Stanec edged out Scherer for second by just two-tenths of a point.  Scherer finished third to earn her second podium finish for the weekend. 

Scherer and the Horned Frogs—known for their air rifle prowess—took the lead in the airgun competition and earned another NCAA National Championships in Air Rifle and more importantly, the overall title. Rounding out the field of eight in third was Alaska, followed by Army, UTEP, West Virginia, Jacksonville State and Nevada. 

Complete scores and targets are available here.

Photo courtesy of Caitlin Morrissey.

 

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