LEXINGTON, Ky. — Behind a team-best 587 from Emily Holsopple and a 585 from Henri Junghanel, the Kentucky rifle team captured its second national championship in smallbore, with a 2328 total team score during day one of the 2011-12 NCAA Championships, hosted by Ohio State at Converse Hall.
Kentucky (11-1, 6-0 Great American Rifle Conference) won its second consecutive national championship in smallbore with a 2328 total team score, edging second-place Army’s 2325 score. UK owns a three-point advantage entering the final day of the 2011-12 season, with air rifle to be contested on Saturday at Ohio State’s French Field House.
|Day One Leaderboard|
The Wildcats – who won the NCAA Championship in smallbore and the combined categories in 2010-11 – were paced by Holsopple and Junghanel, with Holsopple finishing second overall with her 587 score. Ethan Settlemires, the defending individual NCAA Champion in smallbore, fired a 579, while Stacy Wheatley contributed a 577 to round out the UK starting lineup.
UK also had individual competitors Heather Greathouse and Katie Fretts compete at the NCAA Championships in smallbore, with Fretts charting a 571 and Greathouse a 567.
TCU’s Sarah Scherer won the individual national championship in smallbore with her 589, finishing with a 688.6 in the smallbore finals to win the title.
UK leads Army (2325), TCU (2323), Alaska-Fairbanks (2312), Nevada-Reno (2306), Jacksonville State (2304), UTEP (2303) and West Virginia (2297), among the eight teams who qualified for the championships.