Eight teams face off for 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships March 8-9 at Ohio State

Ohio State University hosts the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rifle Committee has announced the eight teams who will compete for the 2013 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships early next month.

Held March 8-9 at Ohio State University, these eight teams were selected by combining the average of a team's three highest regular-season aggregate scores (no more than one match per site) with their aggregate from the designated NCAA qualifiers.

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The NRA's largest competition is your chance for fun this winter

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - This year's NRA Metric Championship looks fun, right? The only problem is it's in the summer and we're in February. Camp Perry? The Bianchi Cup? Black Powder Championships? All in the summer too. Where can a competitive shooter find some action during the winter?

The answer is the NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships. Shot between multiple sectional tournaments across the country, the Indoor Championships are the NRA's biggest competition with thousands of participants. Between smallbore, air rifle, BB gun light rifle, pistol and air pistol, competitors have a lot of options.

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No. 2 TCU Horned Frogs hold steady behind No. 1 West Virginia

Texas Christian wins NCAA 2012 Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

Fairfax, Virginia - After its first week back from the winter break, everything remains in place in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Poll. Most teams have one or two matches left before their conference championships and/or the NCAA qualifiers.

The top seated West Virginia Mountaineers hosted the then-No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers at their range January 19, winning the match 4689-4661. The next day, the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats beat the then-No. 10 Memphis Tigers 4646-4598. Although both the Cornhuskers and Tigers lost, the two teams each moved up a spot in the CRCA Poll. Nebraska now sits at No. 7, trading places with Air Force despite losing to them the weekend prior and Memphis moved to No. 9 after Murray State's defeat at the hands of Jacksonville State.

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Shoot in the NRA's largest competitive match from your home range this winter

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - We're almost a month into this year's NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships but there's still plenty of time to take part. Unlike NRA's Bianchi Cup or National Matches at Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are shot through multiple sectional tournaments across the country during the winter.

Your results are sent to the NRA where they're compared to everyone else's and winners are determined. It's a fun way to compete with many other shooters and it's easy to get involved.

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WVU Mountaineers bump TCU Horned Frogs back to second at conclusion of Winter Airgun Championships

2012 NCAA Air Rifle Champion Petra Zublasing of the West Virginia Mountaineers

After getting bumped to No. 2 for three weeks, West Virginia took the top spot back after an impressive showing at the 2012 USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships Nov 30 - Dec 2.

Five Mountaineers attended the championships where they faced off against six members of the then-No. 1, and defending NCAA champions, Texas Christian University Horned Frogs and dozens of other collegiate shooters.

As WVU rose to No 1., TCU fell to No. 2., adding another chapter to the tight race the 2012-2013 season has been. NCAA rankings are based on the average of a team's top three qualifying scores and these two teams have been neck and neck all year. I'm sure they are itching to settle things when they face off in the NCAA Rifle Championships this March.

Everything isn't about WVU and TCU though, and still-threatening Kentucky and Alaska-Fairbanks stayed at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Jacksonville State moved up one position to No. 6 and Army, Nebraska, Murray State, Air Force and Memphis sit in that order to round out the top 10.

The season is almost over and teams are preparing for the last slate of matches to begin this week. If the last part of the season is anything like the first, it'll be close all the way to the crowning of the national champion at the NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State.

Michigan State Spartans take first win in NRA Rifle Club with authority

2012 NRA Championships

Each March, as much of the country is gathered around televisions watching the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, I'm out covering some NRA-brand March Madness for the blog. Four years ago we started the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships to go alongside the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and they've created quite a bit of action.

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NRA's largest competitive shooting event set to begin January 1

NRA National Open Indoor Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - In just a week's time it will be 2013 and competitive shooters may begin taking part in the sectional tournaments that make up the NRA National Indoor Rifle and Pistol Championships. Already the NRA's bigest competition with thousands of participants, the addition of BB Gun and Light Rifle this year is expected to give even more of a boost.

Unlike NRA matches shot at one location such as the Bianchi Cup or the National Matchesat Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are fired at local sectional tournaments whose results are sent to the NRA and pitted against everyone else. Aside from being a fun way to compete with so many other competitors, the Indoor Championships are one of the easiest ways to get involved with the shooting sports.

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Texas Christian University Horned Toads lead sport into two month break

Texas Christian University shooter Caitlin Morrissey at the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The NCAA Rifle season takes a break this time of year to allow students to focus on their school work and the upcoming winter break. Now that the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll is out, we see there was some change, but not among the top-ranked teams.

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Horned Frogs end WVU's five week reign at No. 1

TCU's Scherer is 2012 smallbore champion

Fairfax, Virginia - West Virginia has been unseated by defending champions Texas Christian in the most recent Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll that now has the Horned Frogs back on top.

After dominating a four-team invitational at Ohio State and setting a school record for team aggregate at 4708, Texas Christian leaped from No. 3 to No. 1 in NCAA Rifle. WVU did not falter as they beat North Carolina State the same weekend, however TCU's big win at Ohio State was enough to propel them to first and end WVU's reign over the poll at five weeks.

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