No. 13 Navy Rifle Travels to No. 1 Kentucky for Saturday GARC Competition
Kentucky native Brandon Thompson
Nov. 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy rifle team will hit the road for its second Great American Rifle Conference match of the season this Saturday. Beginning at 8 a.m., the No. 13 Midshipmen will take on the No. 1 University of Kentucky Wildcats at the Barker Hall Rifle Range in Lexington, Ky.
The teams have met five prior times with the Wildcats earning a win in the most recent matchup on Nov. 10, 2012 in Lexington. Overall, Navy is 4-1 all-time versus Kentucky.
Last Time Out
In the annual President's Trophy Match on Saturday, the Navy rifle team shot a combined 5,750 to finish in third place behind Army and Air Force. Participating in a five-man scoring format, the Mids came up 59 points short of Army's match winning total of 5,809. Air Force finished with 5,800 points, while Coast Guard netted 5,510 points to round out the field of service academy programs.
Dan Jonas led Navy with a combined total of 1,153 as he shot a 570 in smallbore and a 583 in air rifle.
In the individual disciplines, Steven Frazier highlighted Navy's effort in smallbore as he shot a 576 to finish fifth overall in the field, while Zach Gibson led the Mids with a 584 in air rifle. Gibson's total was ninth-best overall.
The Wildcats (4-0, 3-0 GARC)
Kentucky finds itself tied atop the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association rankings with a spotless 4-0 record so far in its 2013-14 season. The Wildcats have earned victories over four ranked teams: No. 9 Memphis (4693-4644), No. 10 Texas Christian (4694-4635), No. 11 Ole Miss (4688-4621) and No. 12 North Carolina State (4687-4613).
Most recently, Kentucky defeated TCU on Saturday, Nov. 2 at home. On the strength of a 1,181-point aggregate by Emily Holsopple the Wildcats cruised to the 59-point victory.
Single-Competition Stat Leaders
Navy (2013 Season - 5 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average - Dan Jonas, 570.6
Individual Air Rifle Average - Jodi Cull-Host, 582.2
Individual Aggregate Average - Dan Jonas, 1152.6
Team Smallbore - 2297 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2329 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Team Overall - 4626 vs. USP (10/12/13)
Kentucky (2013 Season - 4 Competitions)
Individual Smallbore Average - Emily Holsopple, 585. 8
Individual Air Rifle Average - Connor Davis, 594.3
Individual Aggregate Average - Emily Holsopple, 1177.6
Team Smallbore - 2333 vs. TCU (11/2/13)
Team Air Rifle - 2368 vs. Memphis (10/27/13)
Team Overall - 4694 vs. TCU (11/2/13)
Quoting the Coach
Coach Kelley on this week's matchup with Kentucky ...
"This weekend will be exciting, but very challenging. Kentucky is the most talented team that we have competed against so far this year with multiple U.S. National team members on their roster. We're not intimidated as it's just one competition and we've gone against and beaten number one ranked teams before. That's the great thing about rifle is that it's all about the athlete and the game, it's not about competing against Kentucky, we're competing against ourselves. We've had a great week of strong practices so we should be dialed in come Saturday."