Rosters and individual shooters picked for NCAA Rifle Championships at Ohio State

Olympian Sarah Scherer from Texas Christian University won the 2012 NCAA Individual Smallbore Rifle Championship

Fairfax, Virginia - After announcing the eight teams who will compete for this year's NCAA Rifle Championships earlier this week, the NCAA has released the selected rosters and the individual shooters chosen to participate.

Held March 8-9 at the Converse Hall and French Field House on Ohio State's campus, this year's championships can be expected to come down to the wire. Defending champs Texas Christian looks not only for its first back-to-back win, but a third championship in four years. Kentucky, 2011 winner, has its eye on reclaiming the throne. Dynasties Alaska-Fairbanks and West Virginia are both in the running and would each like to add another championship to their double digit wins.

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It's business time for Friends of NRA's Jessie as she brings her shotgun to bear

The Outdoor Channel's Friends of NRA television show follows Matt and Jessie Duff as they travel around the United States in search of the NRA experience. After a few leisurely episodes in Season 3, it's time for Friends of NRA to go to work.

During episode 4, scheduled to air Sunday night, Matt and Jessie return from their South American excursion only to make way for the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. That's where Jessie plans to compete in the 1st Annual Benelli Tactical Shotgun Championship.

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Complete shooting sport adventure at Kentucky's Rockcastle

Zipline action during NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure in the Mammoth Cave National Park

There's always more to do.

More to learn, more to experience and more to perfect.

That's the spirit behind my #7 story of 2012 (taken from the files of Kerrin Brinkman); the launch of NRA's Women's Outdoor Adventure at the Rockcastle Shooting Complex in Park City, Kentucky.

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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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Nanooks jump three spots to #4 as Mountaineers hold on to #1

2012 NCAA Rifle Smallbore line

The top of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll looks the same as it did two weeks ago as top-ranked West Virginia watches Kentucky and Texas Christian University trade spots again. The defending champion Horned Frogs, ranked No. 1 preseason, fell back a spot to West Virginia after the opener and have been battling with Kentucky for second ever since.

The Wildcats, themselves champions in 2011, began the season at No. 2 and shifted to No. 3 after the rise of West Virginia. In Week 3 they bumped Texas Christian only to find their standings swapped again by Week 4. Now in Week 5, the two have switched ranks again after Kentucky's win at North Carolina State.

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NRA Refuse To Be A Victim program logo National Refuse To Be A Victim® Coordinator Ruthann Sprague asked for a favor today. Turns out that a course taught by one of her instructors (Aquil Bey) was highlighted in the local paper. An instructor with pretty impressive credentials.

"Aquil is an RTBAV Regional Counselor," said Sprague. He's also an NRA Training Counselor with ratings in eight NRA disciplines. It is a wonderful example of using the Refuse To Be A Victim® program in the community.

"Can we mention this on the blog?"

Sure we can:

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2012 NCAA national champions begin the new season at No. 1

Texas Christian wins NCAA 2012 Rifle Championships at Ohio State University

After unseating the University of Kentucky for their second National Championship in three years, Texas Christian University is starting the 2012-2013 season at the head of the coaches poll. This is not uncommon for a team returning the majority of their players from the previous year. The Horned Frogs are bringing back four of the five shooters - including Olympian Sarah Scherer - that made up last year's winning team.

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Distinguished Experts in rifle, pistol and shotgun from California, West Virginia and Kentucky

NRA Youth Programs Coordinator Samantha Olsen sent us the following on this year's Isaacs Challenge Program winners — an acknowledgement of those who excel in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

The Isaacs Challenge is made possible by the generous donation of the Isaacs family to the NRA Foundation. The Isaacs Challenge Program is designed to encourage individuals to expand their shooting experience and clubs to expand their shooting programs by providing an incentive to shoot several different shooting events in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program.

There are individual and NRA club awards with the Isaacs Challenge Program. In the individual award category there is an award rifle for the individual who achieves the most Distinguished Expert (DE) ratings in a calendar year and also the Isaacs Challenge Certificate for each individual who achieves three or more Distinguished Expert ratings in a calendar year.

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