Rifle Signs Five for 2013-14

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May 1, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Deanna Binnie, Anthony Cuozzo, Kendal Elder, Megan Hilbish and Chrissy Thomas have all committed to become Buckeyes by signing NCAA National Letters of Intent, Ryan Tanoue, head coach of Ohio State rifle announced Wednesday.

The class will be the first brought in under Tanoue.

Coach Tanoue: “I am very excited about our incoming 2013 class. There is great experience and diversity within the group and I can’t wait for them to arrive on campus this fall. It is exciting for our program to be bringing on five student-athletes from five different states and I am certain that this group will help our team grow both on and off the range. They are all very accomplished competitors, and with aspirations of being health care professionals, judges and engineers, they are also extremely motivated in the classroom.”

The rifle team returns seven letter winners from the 2012-13 season including WIRC Championship Team members Amanda Luoma, Remington Lyman, Megan Polonsky and Alex Kimura.

Deanna Binnie

Hometown: Hollsopple, Pennsylvania

High School: Conemaugh Township High School

Club: Jerome Sportsmen’s Junior Rifle Team


  • 2013 Jr. Olympic 3p Smallbore champion
  • First place in JORC qualifiers
  • High J2 in prone, air rifle, and smallbore in 2012 at USA Nationals
  • 2012 Palmyra Invitational Champion
  • Hold 12 national records (5 individual and 7 team)
  • Placed 7th at Camp Perry 2012
  • Broke aggregate school record twice
  • Have 50 USA and NRA medals

Intended major: Health Sciences

Looking forward to at OSU: “FREEDOM! The hotel-like dorms, new people, and being able to practice on a regular basis”

Anthony Cuozzo

Hometown: Orange, Connecticut

High School: Amity Regional Senior High School

Club: Stratford Police Athletic League Junior Rifle Club


-          2011 National Smallbore Prone Championships metallic sight team champion

-          2013 National Smallbore Prone Championships any sight junior team champion

-          2011 & 2012 Jr. Olympic Rifle Championships participant

-          2013 CSRRA Gallery Match State Champion

Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering

Looking forward to at OSU: “I am looking forward to improving my shooting skills on the rifle team and learning about my intended major of mechanical engineering.”


Kendal Elder

Hometown: Waynesville, Ohio

High School: Springboro High School

Club: Ashland Eagles Junior Rifle Club


-          14th (out of 1900) at the American Legion Match

-          Winner of Ohio Junior Sectionals in air and smallbore rifle

-          2 season participant in New York Fashion Week

Intended Major: Pre-Nursing

Looking forward to at OSU: “I am looking forward to shooting with the Buckeyes, but I am also looking forward to making a whole new set of friends! My first year of classes is something to look forward to as well.”


Megan Hilbish

Hometown: Emporia, Kansas

High School: Emporia High School

Club: Capital City Gun Club in Topeka, Kansas


-          Four time Kansas state women’s Junior Olympics champion (Two air and two smallbore)

-          National Junior Olympics competitor (Two times in air and one in smallbore)

-          2012 Camp Perry- 3rd Place IJ in any sight 3-P match

-          USA Olympic Team Trials competitor in December 2012 for air rifle

-          Kansas Prone State Champion 2012

-          Margaret Murdock Prone State Champion 2013

-          Kansas National Rifle Association Outstanding Youth of the Year 2013 Award

-          Kansas National Wildlife Federation Youth Conservationist of the Year 2012 Award

-          National Wild Turkey Federation Flint Hills Gobblers Xtreme Jakes member and 2013 Scholarship Recipient

-          Lyon County 4-H Phyllis Webb Hall of Fame inductee 2012

-          National Honor Society

Intended Major: Political Science with aspirations of going to Law School to become a judge

Looking forward to at OSU: “Experiencing the college life and getting closer to my ultimate goal of becoming the first women U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice. I look forward to living on my own independently from my family and experiencing the “real world.””

Chrissy Thomas

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

High School: Yorktown High School

Club: Arlington Optimist Acorns


-          Three time Captain and MVP of Yorktown HS Rifle Team

-          Two time 1st team all-metropolitan in air and smallbore rifle

-          2011 Jr. Olympic Rifle Championships competitor

-          5th place air rifle, 6th place smallbore: 2012 Mountaineer Open

Intended Major: Pharmacy

Looking forward to at OSU: “I am looking forward to challenging myself in rifle and in school. I am also looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing life at college.”