No. 13 Rifle Set for Two More GARC Matches this Weekend
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy rifle team will look to keep up the fast start to the second half of its 2017-18 season this weekend with a pair of Great American Rifle Conference matches. One week after posting 4,683 and 4,655-point scores in matches versus North Carolina State and Nebraska, the Mids (3-3, 2-3 GARC) will shoot at No. 1 West Virginia (11-0, 7-0 GARC) on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. before coming home to the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range for a Sunday morning competition versus No. 8 Ole Miss (5-5, 4-3 GARC) at 9:00 a.m.
Friday’s match versus the Mountaineers will have live targets available … Click here to Watch Live.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Navy shot a season-high 4,651 in Morgantown, but we felled by the eventual National Champions, 4,725-4,651 on January 20. One week later, the Mids knocked off the Rebels in a neutral site match in Palmyra, Pa. by a final score of 4,640-4,633.
Against the Mountaineers all five starters posted aggregate scores of 1,156 or better with Josh Watson tying for the team-lead at 1,162. Versus the Rebels, Watson was again atop the team standings as he and Kestrel Kuhne recorded matching 1,162 aggregates.
Last Time Out
The Mids opened the second half of their 2017-18 schedule with two emphatic performances starting with a 4,655-point output on Friday, Jan. 19 versus Nebraska in a 27-point loss. Kestrel Kuhne was the top individual scorer for the entire match with a career-best 1,178-point aggregate that surpassed Nebraska’s Hannah Virga’s 1,175 for top billing. Kuhne’s career day came courtesy of a pair of personal-bests with a 586 in smallbore and 592 in air rifle. The sophomore’s previous high scores were a 577 in smallbore and 591 in air rifle.
On Sunday, the Midshipmen set school records in aggregate and air rifle scoring as they came from behind to defeat No. 11 North Carolina State, 4,683-4,678. After shooting a season-high 2,323 in smallbore, but trailing the Wolfpack by one point, the Mids came out in air rifle and recorded 2,360 points to overtake the visitors.
Kuhne and Torrance Kang spearheaded a Navy lineup that was clicking through all eight of its shooters on Sunday. Kuhne led the Mids with an aggregate score of 1,176 points, while Kang was four back at 1,172.
For her back-to-back stellar efforts, Kuhne was selected as the NAAA Athlete of the Week
Comparing the Squads
|Navy||West Virginia||Ole Miss|
|Highest Smallbore Average||J. Watson, 578.0||G. Thrasher, 587.5||H. Gardner, 577.8|
|Smallbore Shooters w/570+ Avg.||4||8||6|
|Highest Air Rifle Average||K. Kuhne, 588.9||G. Thrasher, 597.4||J. Haig, 589.9|
|Air Rifle Shooters w/580+ Avg.||5||9||7|
|Highest Aggregate Average||K. Kuhne, 1164.1||G. Thrasher, 1184.8||J. Haig, 1165.6|
|Shooters w/1150+ Agg. Avg.||6||8||7|
|Team Smallbore Average||2303.1||2341.8||2305.6|
|Team Air Rifle Average||2346.9||2382.6||2354.0|
|Team Aggregate Average||4650.0||4724.5||4659.6|
|Highest Team Aggregate Score||4683,
vs. NCSU (1/21)
|4742, at Murray St (11/12)||4687 at Alaska (1/19)|
Following this weekend’s action, the Mids will turn 100 percent of their attention to the 2018 Star Match on Saturday, Feb. 3 versus Army. The match will be the penultimate regular season match of the year for Navy.