NCAA Championship Team Capsules
March 8, 2017

West Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia

Rank: 1

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9449

Head Coach: Jon Hammond

Coach Hammond’s thoughts on the season: It’s always important for this team to compete for a National Championships each year. We’re excited for this year’s championship. Our expectations are to purely compete at our best that weekend. As a team, we want to continue doing the things that got us to the championship this season. The student-athletes will only be focusing on those things they can control and utilize the tools they practiced throughout the year. We’re going to go to Ohio State, compete our best and see what happens.”

 

Top shooter: WVU’s top shooter is three-time All-American and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher. A sophomore from Springfield, Virginia, she paces the team in both disciplines with season averages of 589.7 smallbore and 596.1 air rifle. The defending NCAA air rifle and smallbore champion, she was the first freshman to sweep the individual titles at the 2016 national championships. Thrasher is the 2017 GARC Shooter of the Year and the air rifle champion.

 

TCU


 

 

Fort Worth, Texas

Rank: 2

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9434.67

Head Coach: Karen Monez

Coach Monez’s thoughts on the season: “The TCU team is looking forward to competing at OSU and capping an already stellar season with a solid performance at the Championships.”

 

Top Shooter: Mindy Miles

She leads the NCAA in air rifle average

A member of the USA Shooting National Team

Is one of a select few (and only one of two Horned Frogs) to have fired a perfect score of 600 in air rifle.

 

Murray State

Murray, Kentucky

Rank: 3

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9419

Head Coach: Alan Lollar

Coach Lollar’s thoughts on the season: "It has been a really exciting, record breaking season for us. We have accomplished some very special things both as a team and individually. Really proud of their effort and consistency. We are looking forward to the challenge of competing against the best eight team field ever assembled for a NCAA Rifle Championship."

 

Top shooter: Ivan Roe

Individual Single Match Records

Score Shooter Opponent/Event Date

Smallbore 596 Ivan Roe at Jacksonville State Nov. 19, 2016

Air Rifle 598 Ivan Roe vs. West Va. (at UK) Feb. 12, 2017

Aggregate 1188 Ivan Roe at Jacksonville State Nov. 19, 2016

 

Individual Season Average Records

Score Shooter Season

Smallbore 585.8 Ivan Roe 2015-16

Air Rifle 591.9 Ivan Roe 2015-16

Aggregate 1177.67 Ivan Roe 2015-1

 

Air Force

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Rank: 4

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9402.67

Head Coach: Luani Meili

Coach Meili’s thoughts on the season: “Competing in the 2017 NCAA National Championships will be a great way to wrap up our strongest season to date. This year we set 2 new team records, both scores over the 4700 mark, with the last being at the NCAA qualifier. We are going into this event motivated and ready to compete with the top teams. While we shoot for the team at this and all NCAA matches, we accomplished our record season with some incredible individual performances this year. Ryan Jacobs shot an 1182 in our first match to set the pace for the year, and an 1183 against UTEP and Reno.”

 

Top shooter: Spencer Capp

Air Rifle All-Conference

Won silver at the National Junior Olympic Championships in 2016

Led all competitors in aggregate score of 1181 in qualifying match against TCU in February

Earned NRA CRCA All-American Air Rifle honorable mention and CRCA All-American following the 2016 NCAA National Rifle Championships 

 

Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Rank: 5

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9395

Head Coach: Layne Lewis

Coach Lewis thoughts on the season: "I am extremely proud of the team for everything they have overcame and accomplished this season. Thanks to the strong leadership of our captains Soren Butler and Sagen Maddalena, the team has bonded very well and is working hard to accomplish their goals together. As a team, we keep improving with every performance and the winning mindset is starting to become embedded into everyone on the team. We, as a group, as very excited for this year's NCAA Championship and are very much looking forward to having fun and performing our best."

 

Top shooter: Sagen Maddalena

Third NCAA appearance

Team's co-captain

Alaska's top aggregate shooter in 10 matches this season, tied for first in two matches

Match's top overall shooter in nine matches this season

Season-best aggregate score of 1,187 on Feb. 2 at Nebraska

Season-best air gun score of 598 three different times, most recently Jan. 10 at West Virginia

Season-best smallbore score of 591 on Feb. 2 at Nebraska

Winner of USA Shooting's Winter Air Rifle Championships in December

Represented Team USA in the Meyton Cup (Innsburk, Austria) and the IWK Hochbrueck Cup

(Munich, Germany) in January - Winner of the 2017 Meyton Cup

 

Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Rank: 6

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9371.67

Head Coach: Harry Mullins

 

Top shooter: Hanna Carr

Smallbore All-Conference First Team

shot five of Kentucky’s top-10 scores in smallbore – best this season is 590

Competed with Team USA at World Cup in Europe last summer

Won USA 3P Jr. Olympic Championship in 2016

 

Ohio State

Columbus, Ohio

Rank: 7

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9367

Head Coach: Ryan Tanoue

 

Top shooter: Drew Cheezum

Will be shooting in the NCAA Championship for the third-straight season

Leads the team with an aggregate average of 1173

Set an individual record smallbore school record 590 twice this season

Holds the school’s individual aggregate record at 1181

 

Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

Rank: 8

NCAA Qualifying Score: 9345.33

Head Coach: Ashley MacAllister

Coach MacAllister’s thoughts on the season: “In my opinion, this is one of the best teams I have ever had. They have such a good work ethic. The championships will be good for us and it will help us for the future. It gives us another opportunity to test what we have done this season already.”

 

Top shooter: Rachel Martin

2015 Smallbore National Champion

2014 GARC Smallbore Silver Medalist

2017 GARC Air Rifle Bronze Medalist

Four-time NRA All-American

Three-Time CRCA All-American