TCU, UTEP shooting for national championship

tcuThe undefeated Horned Frogs from Texas Christian University look to upset the reigning champion Wildcats from the University of Kentucky at this weekend’s NCAA Championship at Ohio State University at the Converse Hall and French Field House in Columbus.

The following eight teams qualified (based on regular season aggregate scores) to compete in both air rifle and small bore events: University of Alaska-Fairbanks, West Point Army, Jacksonville State, UK, West Virginia University, University of Nevada, University of Texas El Paso and TCU.

On Friday, the three-position small bore shooters will shoot 60 shots. The next day, air rifle competitors will take the line for 60 shots as well.

According to NCAA rules, “the overall team champion will be determined by combining small bore and air rifle team scores into one aggregate score for each institution.” 

“We are very excited to have the very best of the best in the collegiate shooting world visiting Columbus this week for the NCAA Championships,” said Tournament Director James Ericson. “Especially in an Olympic year, there is great interest from the public in seeing the most outstanding athletes display their expertise. We are looking forward to a great weekend of competition.” 

Collegiate members of the USA Shooting National Team as well as National Junior and Development Teams will represent their respective alma maters in both individual and team events. TCU’s Sarah Scherer, Woburn, Mass., a notable challenger for the individual title, recently qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for Air Rifle in February. Scherer and the Horned Frogs took both individual and team titles in 2010 and look to finish their season on a high note.

TCU teammate Sarah Beard, Danville, Ind., is also a USAS National Team athlete as well as a 2012 Olympic hopeful. Beard looks to realize her Olympic dreams this June at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Small bore.