Feb. 10, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 15-ranked Navy rifle team looks to add one more solid score to its resume this weekend as it hosts John Jay in the NCAA Qualifier, beginning Saturday at 9:00 am at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
This weekend's match will go a long ways determining whether or not the Midshipmen will qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Saturday's match will count as half of the total in the qualification process. The other half comes from an average of three previous matches shot. The NCAA then adds the two scores together and the top eight teams will shoot at the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio on March 9-10.
Navy enters the match with a 6-2 dual-meet record and a 4600.00 average, which is good for 15th in the country. Defending national champion TCU leads nationally with a 4700.00 average. The top eight teams are selected for the NCAA Championships. Currently, Nevada and Jacksonville State are tied for eighth with a 4650.00. The Midshipmen need to beat the teams ranked from spots 8-14 by at least 50 points this weekend to reach its 21st straight NCAA Championship and 27th overall.
Navy has recorded a season-high overall score of 4618, which came on Nov. 11 against John Jay. That match produced Navy's top air rifle score of 2337, just seven points shy of the school's all-time top five air rifle scores. Navy's top smallbore tally came in a win over the University of the Sciences on Oct. 8 with a 2292. Navy has shot over 4600 just four times this year, the last time coming in the previously-mentioned match against John Jay on Nov. 11.
Leading the Midshipmen in air rifle is Ryan Williams with a 583.7 average. He has scored at least 577 in all 10 competitions and recorded five scores of at least 585. He is followed by Steven Frazier (578.6), Allison Paulson (578.6) and Britney Thornton (562.9). Navy's fifth option will likely be Brandon Thompson (560.3).
Navy has struggled all year in smallbore and is paced by Frazier's 573.4. Williams follows with a 570.2 and Paulson chips in at 568.4. However, the fourth and fifth shooters are still to be determined and could be any of the combinations of Alex Berry
(552.0), Thompson (552.1) or Thornton (539.7).
Navy will compete in the MAC Championship on Feb. 25 in Cambridge, Mass. Navy has won the MAC title 12 consecutive years.
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