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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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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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.

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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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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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.

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Kentucky Wildcats and TCU Horned Frogs rifle teams vie for the regular season's top spot

Shooters from the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships on NRAblog

The 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships are approaching quickly, and with it the close of Rifle's regular season. On January 21, the then-ranked #1 Kentucky Wildcats and #2 Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, the team national champions from 2011 and 2010 respectively, went head-to-head in a match that saw its fair share of exemplary shooting.

Posting a 2,341 in smallbore, and creating a 14-point lead, the Frogs had excellent performences by their shooters, including a personal record of 590 from Sarah Beard.

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