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Navy to Host Pair of GARC Matches this Weekend

Jan. 18, 2018

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

Navy Nebraska NC State
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)

Next Up



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.

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