Rifle Team Receives Season Honors
June 19, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –The University of Memphis rifle team had a strong 2011-12 campaign, culminating in Dan Hermsmeier and Kelly Audet being named to the smallbore and air rifle All-America teams. Hermsmeier finished 21st in the NCAA Championships in smallbore and was named a first team All-American in that division, while Audet received second-team honors in the air rifle division.
Hermsmeier gunned scores of 99-97-97-91-96-96--576-24*, throughout the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio to place 21st out of 48 total competitors.
Four shooters, including Hermsmeier, rifled scores of 576 and the tie breaker went to center shots. Hermsmeier recorded a center shot score of 24, placing the Memphis sophomore behind Jennifer Armendariz of UTEP, who gunned scores 98-100-87-96-99-96--576-30*.
Hermsmeier's performance earned him first-team All-America honors, marking the second All-America award of his two-year career. Last season as a freshman, The Chesterfield, Mo., native earned second-team All-America honors. He was also a first team All-GARC (Great American Rifle Conference) selection in smallbore, second team all-conference selection in combined air rifle and smallbore and honorable mention in GARC air rifle.
Junior Kelly Audet was also honored at the NCAA Rifle Championships, amassing enough earned points throughout the 2011-12 season to qualify for second-team All-America. The Omaha, Neb., native becomes Memphis' second All-America honoree for the 2011-12 campaign. In addition, Audet was named to the GARC’s All-Air Rifle second team.
Tiger Rifle also placed seven student-athletes on the Collegiate Rifle Coaches' Association All-Academic List, including: Dan Hermsmeier, Kelly Audet, Jessica Phenis, Linn Larsen, Max Burkhardt, Maya Arredondo and Jimmy Zaken. Zaken was also named Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Memphis finished the season ranked No. 13 in the nation.