Nov. 3, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy rifle team heads to West Point, N.Y., on Saturday for the annual President's Trophy match against service-academy rivals Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Midshipmen are looking to improve on their third-place finish from a year ago and keep improving during its 2011-12 season.
Navy last won the event in 2008.
"This is our toughest match of the fall, and I think that three of the four teams could be at NCAAs in March, which means three of the best teams in the country will be competing this weekend," said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. "It's going to be a very competitive event. They have great shooters at Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. We have to go out and shoot to our level of ability. If we do what we are capable of doing, we have the ability to put up a very good score and make it up to the other teams to hopefully match us."
Navy enters the competition with a 3-0 overall record, but is coming off its lowest score of the season in a win over MIT and Wentworth, firing just a 4578. Navy's season-high overall score came on Oct. 8 with a 4611 against the University of Sciences. Navy has fired a 2292 in smallbore against the University of the Sciences on Oct. 8, and a 2323 air rifle score on Oct. 2.
Leading Navy in the smallbore discipline is Ryan Williams with a 577.3. He is followed by Steven Frazier with a 573.5. Allison Paulson comes in with a 568.8. However, Kelley has struggled to find consistency from his fourth and fifth shooters and that has cost Navy points early on in the season. Carol Boyd (560.8) and Brittney Thompson (553.3) have been the pair of shooters to occupy the fourth and fifth spots in the lineup.
Williams is also pacing Navy in the air rifle discipline, averaging a 585.5 score. Paulson follows with a 578.0 and Frazier is close behind at 576.8. Boyd averages a 575.3. Kelley is still looking for a consistent fifth shooter in air rifle as well.
Army has fired an overall high score of 4663 this year while Air Force has a high tally of 4602 so far.
Navy will conclude its fall season on Nov. 11 when it hosts John Jay at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range at 1:00 pm.
# GO NAVY #