Memphis Rifle Claims Fourth Place at NCAA Championships
March 15, 2014
MURRAY, KY - The Memphis rifle team showed the country what it could do on Saturday, closing out their NCAA Championship run as the fourth best team in the nation. Posting a 2349 air score and an aggregate of 4669 for the weekend.
Their fourth place finish is the highest the team has finished in program history.
The Tigers headed into day two in third after shooting a 2320 smallbore score on day one of competition. More on Friday's smallbore competition here.
Despite dropping a spot, Memphis posted high scores led once again by sophomore Elizabeth Lee who put up a 592 air score, qualifying her for the finals. Sitting in seventh going into the finals, Lee would jump a spot to finish in sixth.
Lee had posted her personal best in smallbore in the championships on Friday and her air score was just a point off her personal best and her highest career aggregate score.
Senior Dan Hermsmeier and junior Max Burkhardt both put up much needed air scores to keep the Tigers in the hunt. Hermsmeier posting a mark of 588 for a 14th place finish and Burkhardt scoring two points behind him with 586 and 17th place.
Freshman Amy Fister and sophomore Nate Brandeburg rounded out Memphis' top five marks with Fister shooting a 583 and Brandeburg a 573.
West Virginia claimed their second straight national title with a new NCAA championship record score of 4707. Alaska followed 30 points behind in second with a 4677, and Kentucky closed out the top three posting a 4675.
After the competition, the NCAA announced the 2013-14 All-American honors. Senior Dan Hermsmeier was named first-team All-American in smallbore and first-team All-American in air rifle. Hermsmeier also received the Inaugural Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Lapua First Team All-American award.
Hermsmeier closed out his illustrious career with six All-American honors, 11 Great American Rifle Conference All-Conference Awards, 2 All-Academic Awards, and is one of the most decorated Memphis athletes ever to don the blue and gray. He is a member of the USA National Development Rifle Team and plans to continue shooting with an eye toward making the USA Olympic Team.
Amy Fister completed her successfull freshman campaign being named an Honorable Mention All-American in smallbore.
Going into the national championships the Tigers were ranked eighth in the national rankings but finished ranked fourth in the country, the highest national ranking in the programs history.