Rifle Claims MAC Championship
Freshaman Britney Thornton
Feb. 25, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 16th-ranked Navy rifle team (8-2) wrapped up its 2012 season by winning the Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) championship on Saturday. Navy defeated Akron by a score of 4575-4557. Both teams shot the same score in the smallbore (2258), but Navy had a 2317-2299 edge in the air rifle to capture the team title. Navy has now won 13 straight MAC titles.
"I am very proud of our team for pulling together to win the conference championship," head coach Bill Kelley said. "They did a very good job and I am very proud of all of our kids."
Steven Frazier (So., McDonough, Ga.) was Navy's top shooter in both events, totaling a 577 in the smallbore and a 586 in the air rifle. His score in the air rifle was his best of the season and was well over his season average of 578.8.
"Frazier is really turning out to be a good shooter and I was very happy with his performance today," Kelley said.
Ryan Williams (Jr., McDonald, Ohio) shot a 583 in the air rifle and a 558 in the smallbore and the freshman duo of Alex Berry (Greensboro, N.C.) and Britney Thornton (Barrington, R.I.) also scored in the air rifle with scores of 575 and 573, respectively.
"Thornton and Berry, our two female plebe shooters, both had personal bests in the air rifle and they both really pulled through for us today," Kelley said. "Their scores really made a difference."
Berry also scored in the smallbore with a 555.
Senior Allison Paulson (Annville, Pa.) had a gutsy performance, battling through a back injury to score a 568 in the smallbore, Navy's second highest total in the discipline. Paulson nearly had to come off the line, but stayed in and actually improved her shooting as the event went on.
Navy shot in Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday while Akron competed in Lansing, Mich.