Tiger Rifle Update
Feb. 11, 2005
Rifle Update, 2/11/05
Against Tennessee Tech, the Tigers took the top three individual spots in air rifle as Katie Benjamin won the event with a score of 588. Krissey Bahnsen placed second with a score of 587, which was a personal best, and Beth Tidmore scored a 585 for the No. 3 spot.
The Tigers placed third overall in the event, but set a Tiger aggregate record with a score of 4,609. Jacksonville State won the event with a score of 4,628, while Murray State took the No. 2 spot after turning in a score of 4,615.
Also in the competition, Brian Phillips posted his highest smallbore score of 577. Bahnsen also totaled a personal best in smallbore with a 573 mark. Tidmore shot 570 and Benjamin shot 569 to round out the Tiger smallbore squad.
At the Junior Olympics in Cookeville, Tenn., sophomore Katie Benjamin won the Tennessee Junior Olympic gold medal in smallbore, and placed second in air.
Freshman walk-on Bobbie Lee Prewit also qualifies for the Junior Olympics in air rifle with a 585. The competition will take place in April.
At the Skyhawk Invitational hosted by UT-Martin, the Tigers finished in second place, while All-American Katie Benjamin won the aggregate title. She shot a new personal best, 589, in air rifle for the top slot, and turned in a 579 in smallbore, which was good for four place.
Krissey Bahnsen shot 573 in air, and 559 in smallbore; Brian Phillips shot 572 in air and 560 in smallbore; J.B Vaughan shot 568 in air and 557 in smallbore; and Bobbie Lee Prewit shot 555 in air, while Beth Tidmore turned in a 574 in smallbore.
The Tigers also competed against Murray State, Ole Miss, UMKC, UT-Martin, Mercer and UAB in that event.
At the 2005 Spring Open Air Rifle Match hosted by the U of M, the Tigers won the event, defeating Mercer and UAB, but also placed all of their shooters in the top 6. Katie Benjamin and Beth Tidmore both shot 589 for the match. Benjamin had one 100, and a 99 on her target, while Tidmore had three 99s on her target. Krissey Bahnsen finished third with a 576, followed by J.B. Vaughan with a 575. Brian Phillips and Bobbie Lee Prewit rounded out the Tiger shooters with scores of 568 and 548, respectively.
And most recently, in the Withrow Invitational, hosted at Murray State, the Tiger squad placed second with a new team aggregate record of 4,611. Memphis placed just behind Kentucky which turned in an aggregate score of 4,618.
In an event that feature 101 competitors, the U of M's Beth Tidmore won the air rifle competition after shooting a personal best 593. Krissey Bahnsen placed third with a 586, while Katie Benjamin was eighth with a 583. Brian Phillips also placed in the top 20 with a score of 578.
Cumulative Statistics (Air) Season GARC Average High Average High Bahnsen 579.55 587 577.6 583 Benjamin 584.67 589 582.5 588 Phillips 568.18 578 566.0 571 Prewit 549.64 564 545.83 556 Tidmore 588.5 593 588.2 591 Vaughan 570.08 580 569.67 579