Ohio State Concludes Season at NCAA Qualifier
Feb. 24, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State rifle team finished off its 2013-14 campaign with a score of 4653 Saturday at the Hugh W. Wylie Range. The team score was the fourth highest this season and the highest qualifier score ever fired by an Ohio State team.
In smallbore the Buckeyes fired a team score of 2310 led by senior Amanda Luoma, who came within one point of her personal best with an impressive 587. Freshman Deanna Binnie placed second for the Buckeyes with a 582 while sophomore Remington Lyman (580), junior Greg Hagar (561) and freshman Anthony Cuozzo (559) rounded out team scoring for Ohio State.
Firing as individuals, senior Dan Chapman fired a personal best 575, junior Megan Polonsky (571), junior Jane Lankes (543), sophomore Alex Kimura (563) and freshmen Chrissy Thomas (563) and Kendal Elder (554) rounded out their seasons for the Buckeyes.
In air rifle Ohio State fired a 2343. Luoma again led the way with a 592 followed by Lyman (585), Thomas (585), Hagar (581) and Cuozzo (577).
Firing as individuals Kimura led the way with a 584 while Binnie (583), Elder (580), Polonsky (576), Chapman (575) and Lankes (550) rounded out the Buckeye competitors.
Ohio State will now wait until Thursday for the official team and individual selections for the NCAA Rifle Championships.
"The NCAA qualifier is the most important match of our season and I am proud that our group was able to compete at a level representative of our performance throughout the season," Ryan Tanoue, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. "Our score of 4653 was the fourth highest this season and certainly gave us a chance to move into the top 8 and qualify for the NCAA Championships. Unfortunately looking at the other scores from across the country it looks as though we will fall just a few points short of making it to the championships as a team and will finish in ninth place. It was such a tight season competitively from beginning to end and the difference between qualifying and being on the outside looking in came down to a few shots here and there throughout the season for several teams including ourselves. Although there is the disappointment of not reaching our goal of qualifying for the championships, there is a silver lining in that it looks as though several of our athletes will qualify to compete as individuals so I am very glad and proud that Ohio State will be well represented at this year's NCAAs."
"Reflecting on the season I feel that although we missed our team goal of qualifying for the NCAA championships the season overall was a rousing success and a huge step forward for our program. Over the course of the season we fired the ten highest team scores in the history of the program and nearly every athlete on our team fired a personal best this year. We were also able to improve our score average by over 35 points from last season which shows that we are quickly moving in the right direction. Ohio State rifle also became a founding member of the Patriot Rifle Conference which has helped raise our competition level. We had several outstanding performances during the season including firing a program record 4666 on the road at Alaska and earning victories against teams that qualified for the NCAA championships including Army and TCU. I'm eagerly looking forward to helping our individuals prepare for and compete at the NCAA championships in a few weeks and then shift our focus to continuing our work in the offseason with our current team members and also preparing to welcome future student-athletes."