Hermsmeier Earns All-American Honors
March 14, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Dan Hermsmeier turned in a gritty performance to finish fifth in smallbore at the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships and was named to the Second-Team All-America Smallbore team.
Hermsmier is the first Tiger rifleman since 2006 (Krissey Bahnsen) to earn the All-America honors and the first ever to be a member of the smallbore team. All previous Memphis riflemen to earn the honor did so in Air Rifle.
"I'm really pleased that my high scores and hard work all year earned me this honor," Hermsmeier said. "It's a huge honor as a freshman, and I will continue to work hard towards making the first team next season."
The only freshman competing in the smallbore championship, Hermsmeier was in a four-way tie for eighth--only the top-eight advance-- after the preliminary round of shooting. He then won the four-way shootout, which consists of five rounds, by posting the highest score. After moving on, Hermsmeier continued his strong shooting and climbed as high as fifth in the individual standings and finished with a score of 582.
"He did an incredible job," University of Memphis rifle coach Butch Woolbright said. "To perform that way as a freshman is impressive."
Sophomore Kelly Audet, who also advanced to reach the NCAA Championship's, finished 21st in air rifle with a mark of 584.
For more information on the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championship, including full smallbore and air rifle scores, please visit NCAA.org.