Mids to Host President's Trophy Match on Saturday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team is set to host the annual President's Trophy Match on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. Beginning at 8:00 AM, the Mids will take on the squads from Air Force, Army and the Coast Guard Academy in an eight-up, five-count competition that tests the depth of each respective program. Navy is in search of its first President's Trophy victory since 2008.
Last year in Colorado Springs, Navy finished third in the four-team field with 5,748 points. Daniel Jonas ('17) was Navy's high aggregate scorer with an 1,161 score, while then-freshman Kestrel Kuhne came through with a career-best performance of 585 in air rifle. The Mids' five-counter score for smallbore was a 2,836, while its air rifle lineup posted a 2,912.
Air Force defended its title with a new President's Trophy Match record of 5,858 points. Army West Point ranked second with a score of 5,796, while Navy came in third with a 5,748. The Coast Guard Academy rounded out the field with a 5,532.
Last Time Out
The 13th-ranked Navy rifle team fall in a road matchup at No. 3 Kentucky on October 15 by a final score of 4,711 – 4,640. Shooting at the Wildcats’ Buell Armory, the Mids performed well, but were unable to overcome two outstanding halves of competition by the host Kentucky squad. Josh Watson led the effort for Navy with a career-high 586-point score in smallbore on his way to a team-high aggregate of 1,164.
Watson's 586 was the highest smallbore score since Daniel Jonas turned in an identical mark on Feb. 11, 2016. As a team, the Mids matched its season average in smallbore with 2,295 points.
In air rifle, Navy saw its counting lineup register a 2,345 score, two points above its season average. Torrance Kang led the Mids’ quartet of counters with a 589-point result. She was followed closely by Thomas Sarant at 588.
Comparing the Squads
|Navy (3 matches)||Air Force (3 matches)
||Army (4 matches)||Coast Guard (1 match)|
|Highest Smallbore Avg.||J. Watson, 582.3||A. Weilbacher, 578.3||P. Nunn, 577.5||R. Ford, 570.0|
|# of SB Shooters w/570+ Avg.||3||3||4||1|
|Highest Air Rifle Avg.||T. Kang, 587.0||A. Weilbacher, 591.0||K. Kutz, 588.8||Strayer/Wheeler, 576.0|
|# of AR Shooters w/580+ Avg.||4||5||3||-|
|Highest Aggregate Avg.||J. Watson, 1161.3||A. Weilbacher, 1169.3||P. Nunn, 1164.5||Strayer/Wheeler, 1143.0|
|# of Shooters w/1150+ Avg.||5||4||4||-|
|Team Smallbore Average||2295.3||2299.3||2296.8||2259.0|
|Team Air Rifle Average||2343.7||2351.7||2336.5||2294.0|
|Team Aggregate Average||4639.0||4651.0||4633.3||4553.0|
|Highest Aggregate Score||4643 vs. CGA (10/7)||4663, at Alaska (10/15)||4650, at Murray St. (10/8)||4553, at Navy (10/7)|
Following Saturday's meet, the Mids will focus on wrapping up the 2017 portion of its schedule with a GARC competition at the University of Akron on Oct. 11.