Rifle Improves to 2-0 with Victory over Coast Guard Academy
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy rifle team earned its second straight victory to open the 2017-18 season as the Mids rolled to a 4,643 to 4,553 win over the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday. Shooting at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range for the first time in the season, Navy (2-0) recorded the top-seven aggregate scores with Torrance Kang (Fr., Columbia, Md.) earning top-billing with a total of 1,164 points.
Navy came out of the gate in smallbore with a score of 2,294. For the second straight competition, Josh Watson (Jr., Enterprise, Ala.) led the Mids’ lineup in the three-position shoot. Watson finished with a 579-point result courtesy of a 199 of 200-point showing in the prone portion. Kang and Kestrel Kuhne (So., Everett, Pa.) posted the second and third-best scores for Navy at 574 and 572, respectively. Daniel Enger (Fr., Walla Walla, Wash.) rounded out the Mids’ smallbore counting lineup at 569.
In air rifle action, Navy registered 2,349 points on Saturday, a total that’s the highest for a Midshipmen lineup since Oct. 1, 2016 when the team netted 2,351 points. Kang was the leading shooter for the 2017-18 team with a 590-point effort. Kuhne was two shots back at 588 before Thomas Sarant (Sr., Massapequa, N.Y.) posted the Mids’ third-highest score at 586. Enger capped Navy’s counting team with a 585 score.
In terms of aggregate scoring, Kang bested her week one score at Memphis by 11 points with an 1,164 on Saturday. Kuhne was second on the team with 1,160 cumulative points. Enger (1154) and Watson (1153) and Sarant (1151) gave Navy five shooters with more than 1,150 points.
"We had a very good match against USCGA," remarked head coach Mike Anti. "Our total team score was nine points higher than our first match of the season. During training and with each competition our athlete's confidence and skill level continue to progress in a positive direction. We had a number of individual personal best scores and a very impressive overall performance by Torrance Kang. She led our team to the victory and fired the highest combined score of the competition."
Navy will continue early-season action next Sunday, Oct. 15 with a Great American Rifle Conference contest at the No. 3 University of Kentucky.