Kentucky's Ethan Settlemires looks down the barrel at an electronic target on NRAblog
Kentucky's Ethan Settlemires looks down the barrel at an electronic target

Columbus, Ohio - The world of competitive shooting targets has made leaps and bounds in the past few years thanks to advances in technology.

You may have seen some fancy targets and electronic scoreboards in photos of the recent NCAA Rifle Championships or in other rifle ranges around the country. Well, what are these targets and what's so special about them?

While paper targets still reign supreme and are unlikely to be overthrown anytime soon, the adoption of electronic scoring systems is increasing all over the world. As the top rifle event for collegiate shooters in the United States, the NCAA Rifle Championships are one such adopter.


Texas Christian douses Wildcats' hope to repeat as Rifle Champs

Texas Christian wins NCAA 2012 Rifle Championships at Ohio State University
Texas Christian University Horned Frogs use the Air Rifle phase of the NCAA Rifle Championships to win the 2012 title at the Columbus campus of Ohio State University.

Columbus, Ohio - For the second time in three years, Coach Karen Monez has guided the Texas Christian University’s Rifle Team to an NCAA National Championship. Led by yet another dominating performance by future Olympian Sarah Scherer, the Horned Frogs overcame a five point deficit and lay claim to the 2012 National Crown.


Mountaineer Petra Zublasing is the 2012 NCAA air rifle champion

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

Columbus, Ohio - Ohio State's French Field House was the scene of the air rifle championships yesterday; the final day of the NCAA Rifle Championships. With a large crowd gathered in the bleachers, the top air rifle shooters in the NCAA battled it out over 60 shots for a chance at the individual title in the finals.

Sarah Scherer, fresh off her Friday triumph as the 2012 Individual Smallbore Champion, again found herself tied going into the finals. This time at 593 with Petra Zublasing of the West Virginia Mountaineers.


Olympics-bound shooter takes smallbore individual championship

TCU's Scherer is 2012 smallbore champion

Columbus, Ohio - Yesterday afternoon saw the top eight shooters from the smallbore relays step to the firing line for the 2012 individual smallbore finals.

Sarah Scherer and Michael Matthews found themselves tied at 589 going into the finals. The two were joined by Emily Holsopple, Petra Zublasing, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Buck, Henri Junghanel and Andrea Vautrin, all of whom were skilled marksmen and had a chances of winning. After the ten timed shots were taken though, only one stood at the top – Texas Christian University's Sarah Scherer.


Wildcats win 2012 NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships

Kentucky Smallbore shooter at the NCAA Championships at Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio - The Kentucky Wildcats repeated a win of the team smallbore championship yesterday, shooting a 2328 and establishing a 3-point lead over 2nd place Army in the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships.

Last year the Wildcats came into the second day's air rifle championship with a seven point lead and held on by three to claim the school's first national championship.


2012 NCAA Rifle Smallbore line

Columbus, Ohio - The Smallbore Championships are almost complete here at Converse Hall. Below are photos from the third relay which is wrapping up right now.

The relay started with a bit of excitement when future-Olympian Sarah Scherer's firing pin broke just as she was ready to shoot for record. Fortunately for Sarah, some quick work by NRA committee member Newt Engle repaired the rifle and got her back in action a few minutes later.


2012 NCAA Rifle Smallbore line

Columbus, Ohio - The Smallbore portion of the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships are being shot today at Ohio State University.


Kentucky Wildcats defend their national title this weekend at the NCAA Rifle Championships

NCAA Rifle Championships on NRAblog

Tomorrow the top collegiate rifle shooters will converge on Ohio State University for the two-day 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships.

The Championships consist of a smallbore championship held Friday and an air rifle championship held Saturday.

NRAblog will be there to bring you complete coverage of the matches with, of course, plenty of photos.


The Kentucky Wildcats, winners of the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships on NRAblog

Last week, NCAA announced the teams and individual competitors selected to shoot in the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships next week at Ohio State.

Eight teams are invited to compete in the championships. Participants are determined by adding the average of the three highest regular-season scores to the results from the designated qualifiers.

A total of 48 shooters are invited to the tournament. The first 40 come from the rosters of the eight selected teams, while the final eight are chosen by the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Rifle Committee, who look at the scores submitted from qualifiers.

The Smallbore Championships are Friday, March 9, and will be followed by the Air Rifle Championships Saturday, March 10. Overall team and individual champions are determined by the highest combined aggregate from the two championships.

NRAblog will be there providing coverage of the matches, award ceremony and presentation of the 2012 NRA All-American awards Saturday night, so keep checking back.


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