The Heat Is On as Teams Ready for NCAA Rifle Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 4, 2013)

Amanda Furrer, 2012 Olympian & USA Shooting National Rifle Champion, is on-site in Columbus and giving you an inside look at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships from an athlete's perspective.  Our exclusive coverage begins with an overview of what fan's can expect as we get set for competition to kick-off Friday. 

The NCAA Rifle Championships have snuck up on us once again! I am bummed that I won’t be competing this year, but you can expect to see some stellar competition, and I can’t wait to watch! The match will be held in both Converse Hall and French Field House at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Smallbore will be shot in Converse Hall with 20 points of electronic targets. The University is setting up air rifle in French Field House where track events are usually held. There will be plenty of room for viewing. Ohio State hosted the NCAA Rifle Championships last year as well, and they are expected to be even better this time around!

Sarah Scherer, 2012 Olympian & Two-time individual NCAA ChampionWe can also expect to see some of the best rifle competition ever. Scores have soared this season, including a record-breaking performance by my Olympic teammate and TCU senior, Sarah Scherer. This record was set at a match shot on Feb. 2 against UTEP! I’m sure we can look forward to another exceptional performance from her as she eyes a third individual NCAA title.  

Sarah is excited to make another visit to Ohio and in asking about Ohio State’s role in hosting last year and this year she said, “OSU did a fantastic job and because of this I am expecting another great, well- run match.”

TCU won the NCAA Championship in 2012, followed closely by University of Kentucky, who won the Championship the year before. TCU and UK are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the NCAA rankings behind West Virginia University. We must also give credit to the other five teams that will be competing this weekend which are University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jacksonville State, US Air Force Academy and Army. All of the teams put up a great fight to qualify for the Championships.

Daniel Hermsmeier finished third at the GARC Championships.Along with the teams competing, there are also people that qualified as individuals to compete. There are a few individuals I am particularly interested in watching over the match. The first is Daniel Hermsmeier who qualified to shoot air rifle for University of Memphis. I’ve watched him put up some mean scores and he has competed very well on the national level. Another person of interest is Abbey Stanec who qualified to shoot both air rifle and smallbore for Ole Miss. Both Abbey and Dan have traveled with USA Shooting for matches around the world. Competing in the team events, I will have my eye on Petra Zublasing with West Virginia, Samuel Muegge with Jacksonville State, Heather Greathouse with Kentucky, and Denise Martin with Nebraska. Denise is a freshman with a lengthy list of accomplishments and a rock-solid standing position.

Something all of the shooters are going to have to face is dealing with expectations. In a game where almost 90% of performance is based on your mental approach, how a shooter deals with expectations can make or break them. Of course, expectations might stress the coaches out a little bit too! From personal experience, I know it is going to be difficult for some of the athletes to stay focused on the task at hand, which is taking a great shot. Every shooter wants their team to win and a chance at succeeding as an individual. This championship has a long list of high-profile athletes ready to compete, and we get to watch and see how they handle the heat. Good luck!

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