Navy to Host Pair of GARC Matches this Weekend
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Following a two-month break from collegiate competition, the Navy rifle team will pick back up its 2017-18 schedule this weekend with a pair of home matches against Great American Rifle Conference opponents at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. The busy weekend of marksmanship starts with a Navy-Nebraska matchup at 9 a.m. on Friday morning. After Nebraska and North Carolina State meet in a neutral site match in Bancroft Hall on Saturday morning, the Mids and Wolfpack will toe the line on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
The 2016-17 season saw the Mids drop a pair of hard-fought matches away from home versus both Nebraska and North Carolina State. Taking on the Huskers in a neutral site matchup in Morgantown, W.Va. on January 21, 2017, the Mids were felled by the then-No. 8 team in the nation, 4,677-4,629. Earlier in the season, Navy and North Carolina State met in neutral territory in Charleston, S.C. on Oct. 29. The Wolfpack knocked off the Mids, 4,655-4,625.
Last Time Out
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Navy fell in its final competition of the 2017 calendar year by a score of 4,657-4,641 on the road at Akron. In the Great American Rifle Conference match, the Mids shot within a point of their season average, but host Zips shot a school record on their way to the 16-point victory. Kestrel Kuhne and Thomas Sarant led the Mids with respective aggregate scores of 1,165.
Navy's 4,641 aggregate score was its best road total of the season, surpassing a 4,640 shot earlier at Kentucky.
Also of note, Sarant's 1,165 aggregate is a new career-high for the senior. Through the first 43 matches of his career prior to Saturday, his best was 1,164.
Comparing the Squads
|Highest Smallbore Average||J. Watson, 578.8||N. Radulovic, 577.7||L. Phillips, 581.4|
|Smallbore Shooters w/570+ Avg.||4||7||4|
|Highest Air Rifle Average||T. Kang, 588.0||D. Faught, 590.0||L. Phillips, 591.9|
|Air Rifle Shooters w/580+ Avg.||5||5||5|
|Highest Aggregate Average||J. Watson, 1162.0||D. Faught, 1164.7||L. Phillips, 1173.3|
|Shooters w/1150+ Agg. Avg.||5||6||5|
|Team Smallbore Average||2298.2||2309.4||2302.8|
|Team Air Rifle Average||2344.2||2343.7||2347.2|
|Team Aggregate Average||4642.4||4653.1||4650.0|
|Highest Team Aggregate Score||4654,
vs. Pres. Trophy(10/7)
|4672, at Air Force (11/19)||4673, vs. UK (1/14)|
Second half competition will continue for Navy with another weekend of multi-match action on January 27-28. On Saturday, the Mids will host West Virginia before welcoming the Ole Miss Rebels to their home facility on Sunday.