Feb. 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
The Navy rifle team will compete as a guest at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships this weekend in Oxford, Miss. The tournament, hosted by Ole Miss, will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Lamar National Guard Readiness Center. Navy will join GARC members Army, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina State, Nebraska, West Virginia and the host Rebels.
In competing as guests of the conference, Navy will take part in the team smallbore competition on Saturday and team air rifle on Sunday.
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The Midshipmen are coming off their NCAA Qualifier against John Jay last weekend where they shot a 4603.
"We're looking for an improvement from last Saturday," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "I'm really looking forward to this event and so is our team. Outside the NCAA Championships, it's the most competitive tournament in the nation. It will be tough, but we're looking forward to it and trying to do as well as we can. It's a very high level of competition and we're excited to test ourselves."
Four members of the GARC qualified for NCAA Championships, including Kentucky, Nebraska, West Virginia and Army. The Mids have faced several GARC teams this season, including West Virginia (Oct. 27), Kentucky (Nov. 10), Army (Feb. 2) and Ole Miss (Feb. 3).
The Mids top overall score of 4623 and air rifle total of 2341 came in October against University of the Sciences. Navy's best smallbore total 2301 also came against USP on Jan. 19.
Senior captain Ryan Williams has led Navy in air rifle average all season and enters this weekend with a team-high 585.5 season average. Junior Steven Frazier has been the Mids' top smallbore shooter this season and has a current season-average score of 577.8.
On a team with just two upperclassmen, the Mids' freshmen have provided extremely valuable contributions. Jodi Cull-Host
ranks third on the team in air rifle average (581.7) and fourth in air rifle average (565.5). Classmate Zach Gibson
is third in smallbore average (567.6) and third in air rifle average (577.1.).