Texas Christian University moves into lead for team championship

2013 NCAA Smallbore Championship winner Petra Zublasing of West Virginia University

Columbus, Ohio - West Virginia senior Petra Zublasing became this year's smallbore champion at the NCAA Rifle Championships after a hard fought final at Ohio State University's Converse Hall.

Shooting a 589-35x earlier in the Smallbore Championship, Zublasing began the eight-man final just behind University of Kentucky's Henri Junghanel who had edged her with a 589-36x.

Junghanel would only remain in first until points were on the board. As the dust settled from the first shot, Zublasing was ahead by one and her lead over the Kentucky shooter would fluctuate back and forth over the next nine shots until her victory was sealed.

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Alaska-Fairbanks in the lead at NCAA Rifle Championships as early scores trickle in

2013 NCAA Rifle Championships live stream

Columbus, Ohio - This year you can catch all the action at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships in real time thanks to a live stream (or any of their other winter championships for that matter). Just hop on over to the NCAA Live website and dive right in.

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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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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.

West Virginia holds steady as Kentucky leaps Texas Christian University for No. 2 spot

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

After shooting a NCAA-best team score and school record 4717 in its win over No. 10 Memphis last week, West Virginia University has retained their No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll for the third week. The Mountaineers are now 4-0 and have jumped out to be an early favorite for the 2013 title. But it is still very early in the season. Lots of things can happen between now and March.

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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.

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MSNsportsNET.com highlighted the accomplishments of five-time National Rifle Association All-American Tommy Santelli :

Engineering the Perfect Season

NRA collegiate shooting on NRAblog MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The demands on a student-athlete are daunting. Between juggling classes, practices, tests and training sessions, free time is a novel concept and an organized planner is a golden commodity.

West Virginia University senior Tommy Santelli is all too familiar with this crazy lifestyle. A five-time National Rifle Association (NRA) All-American on the 14-time national champion rifle team, the Prosperity, Pa., has spent the last four years splitting his hours between the WVU Rifle Range and the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. After a few years of practice, Santelli finally feels comfortable balancing his daily demands.

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