Wolverines poised to defend national title after first place finish in Smallbore Championship

Mohawk adorned rifleman takes aim at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia - Defending champions University of Michigan are half way to their third NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship after winning today's Smallbore title with a commanding 2146.

North Dakota State University, currently in second, sits 60-points behind the Wolverines with a 2086. Clemson University has a hold of third while Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue, Wisconsin-Superior, and Canisus ROTC round out the top seven.

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Top collegiate pistol shooters named NRA All-Americans at Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

NRA All American Air Pistol First Team

Columbus, Georgia - This year's NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships concluded with announcing the rosters for the 2014 NRA All-American pistol teams.

Started in 1936, the All-American award honors collegiate shooters in the rifle, pistol, and shotgun disciplines. These collegiate shooters are selected by their grade point average and having the highest average scores during the regular season. They are truly at the top of their game.

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Top shooter in Women's Aggregate; third overall for NRA Intercollegiate Individual Aggregate

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Women's Individual Aggregate Champion Lexi Lagan of University of Utah

Columbus, Georgia - Although the University of Utah's Lexi Lagan shot the individual match of her career at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, winning the Individual Women's Aggregate and placing third in the overall Individual Aggregate, she couldn't have been more humble in crediting her entire team in pushing her to succeed.

"Last year our team was really competitive, but we were missing that little extra nudge to make us contenders," Lagan said.

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Buckeyes get first win in 13 years; team member Joe Totts takes Individual title

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Champions Ohio State University

Columbus, Georgia - After 13 years of almost-there seasons, The Ohio State University has won their first NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships since 2000.

Comprised of scores from the Free Pistol, Standard Pistol and Open Air Pistol championships, the Buckeyes scored 1997, 2118, 2195 respectively for a total aggregate of 6310 out of a possible 7200. Ohio State's win towered over second place U.S. Naval Academy by 51 points and third place, and defending champions, West Point by 53 points. How were the Buckeyes able to pull it all together this year?

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2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships descend on Fort Benning, Georgia

Midshipman Czerda Frank of the United States Naval Academy at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Columbus, Georgia - For the past three days the top collegiate pistol shooters have been facing off for the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships titles here in sunny - but unseasonably cold - Fort Benning, Georgia.

The more than one hundred shooters, representing 16 schools, joined hundreds of other collegiate shooters in the 3rd Annual Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships. Hosted by the United States Marksmanship Unit at their Pool International Range Complex, the event is the largest multi-discipline, shoulder to shoulder, collegiate shooting sports event in the United States.

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Top pistol shooters from colleges around the country come to NRA Championships in Georgia

Shooter from Ohio State at NRA's 2014 Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Columbus, Georgia - NRA's 2014 Intercollegiate Pistol Championships opened this week at Fort Benning's Pool Indoor Range. A gathering of the top nation's top collegiate club pistol shooters, this year's championship is filled with possibilities.

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NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament isn't the only madness this March

2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - Before the tip-off to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament later this month, collegiate athletes from 16 schools around the United States will converge on Fort Benning, Georgia for the the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships.

Beginning in just four days on March 8, the six-day championships are a part of the 3rd Annual Army Strong Collegiate Shooting Championships at Fort Benning and will determine the top collegiate individual and team champions in Intercollegiate Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Open Air Pistol, Women's Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol.

Who gets to go? Competitors qualified for the championships through shooting in the annual NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Sectionals, held throughout the U.S. between January and February.

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Collegiate Rifle Teams gunning for a chance at the Championships in Kentucky

7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
Fairfax, Virginia - March Madness is officially kicking off this weekend as teams around the nation raise their rifles for a shot at qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships in Murray, Kentucky. With events in Fort Worth, West Point, Lexington, and Columbus, the qualifying events are the first step in earning one of eight invitations to the big dance in Kentucky.

Though competitions are taking place all throughout the nation this weekend, most of the rifle world is zeroed in on Murray State's Pat Spurgin Rifle Range where top ranked West Virginia joins #4 Nebraska and #5 Jacksonville State in their push for the overall prize.

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Kentucky senior opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA before NCAA Championships

University of Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple

Fairfax, Virginia - Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sat down with Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple, one of two seniors on the University of Kentucky rifle team (the other being her brother), to ask the same question she asks every accomplished shooter: What's in your range bag? Watch Emily and the rest of the Wildcats shoot for Kentucky's second national championship in NCAA Rifle next month at the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships on the Murray State University campus.

She’s a “wildcat,” this college co-ed named Emily Holsopple, and she’s poised to help bring her shooting team, aka the Kentucky Wildcats, to an NCAA Championship in March when she competes in 50m, 3-Position Smallbore Rifle.

Shooting since the she was 11, this quick study won the Women’s 50m Rifle 3-Position Junior Olympic National Championship at the age of 14 and never looked back. Recruited by the University of Kentucky for its prestigious college shooting team, she also has earned All-SEC Academic Honors. Last year, she won the silver medal in 3-Position at the 2013 National Championships.

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