Navy to Conclude Regular Season with Multi-Team Match at VMI
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy rifle team will wrap up its regular season on Sunday with a four-team competition at VMI. Recently added to the schedule, the matchup has seen a variety of revisions throughout the week until the lineup settled with the quartet of No. 7 Air Force, No. 14 Navy, No. 15 Akron and No. 25 VMI. The four teams will head to the line Sunday morning beginning at 8 a.m. at VMI’s Kilbourne Hall.
Navy has competed against both Akron and Air Force in previous matches this season as the Mids shot against the Falcons on Nov. 4 as part of the President’s Trophy Match, while they went shoulder-to-shoulder with the Zips on Nov. 11 in Ohio. Navy dropped a pair of close decisions as Air Force knocked off the host Mids, 5,821-5,808 in the five-counter scoring match; it was 4,664-4,654 for NCAA purposes. In a regular four-counter competition versus Akron, Navy was felled, 4,657-4,641.
The last time the Mids faced off with the Keydets was Oct. 1, 2016 in Annapolis. The host squad cruised to a 4,634-4,507 victory.
Last Time Out
Navy’s previous match was this past Saturday versus Army. The 2018 edition of the Star Match was one for the record books as both teams came out fast and continued to hold on to a high scoring pace at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. After the final shot was shot, Army came out ahead of Navy by 19 points at 5,832-5,813. Coming into the match with a nominal statistical advantage in terms of aggregate scoring average, the host Mids were defeated by a Black Knights team that surpassed their average by over 43 points. Navy also beat its pre-match average by 13 points.
Saturday’s totals were the highest in a Star Match competition for Navy since the team tallied a 5,819 in 2005, while Army’s aggregate was its highest since 2008.
For NCAA-scoring purposes five-up, four-count scores were kept as well and saw Army earn a 4,671-4,653 victory.
Kestrel Kuhne led the Mids’ effort as she posted an aggregate score of 1,173 to tie for high honors with the Black Knights’ Payne Nunn. The sophomore marksmen registered a match-high 582 in smallbore, while ranking second overall with a 591 in air rifle.
Comparing the Squads
|Highest Smallbore Average||K. Kuhne, 577.1||L. Ogden, 581.0||W. Openshaw, 575.0||J. Pitman, 557.2|
|Smallbore Shooters w/570+ Avg.||6||6||5||0|
|Highest Air Rifle Average||T. Kang, 588.9||L. Ogden, 592.3||L. Cinadr, 588.1||S. Alexander, 568.0|
|Air Rifle Shooters w/580+ Avg.||5||8||7||0|
|Highest Aggregate Average||K. Kuhne, 1164.7||L. Ogden, 1173.3||W. Openshaw, 1160.5||S. Alexander, 1121.4|
|Shooters w/1150+ Agg. Avg.||6||7||4||0|
|Team Smallbore Average||2305.8||2307.3||2296.8||2216.6|
|Team Air Rifle Average||2345.8||2359.1||2347.1||2260.7|
|Team Aggregate Average||4651.6||4666.4||4643.9||4477.3|
|Highest Team Aggregate Score||4683,
vs. NCSU (1/21)
|4684, vs. Alaska (2/2)||4657, vs. Navy (11/11)||4505, vs. Air Force (11/5)|
Following Sunday’s match, the Mids will turn their attention to their 2018 NCAA Qualifying Meet versus John Jay at home on Saturday, Feb. 17. One of a number of qualifying matches throughout the NCAA on the weekend, Saturday's match score will count as half of the team's total in the NCAA Championship qualification process. The other half comes from an average of three matches shot at different locations previously this season. The NCAA then adds the two scores together and the top eight teams will qualify for the championships in mid-March.