By Kyle Jillson | April 5 2013 13:23

NRA recognizes best collegiate rifle shooters following NCAA Rifle Championship

2013 NRA Collegiate All-American First Team Smallbore Rifle

Columbus, Ohio - After West Virginia University finished celebrating their school's historic 15th national title in the NCAA Rifle Championships - or more likely took a break from celebrating - the NRA held its 2013 All-American awards banquet.

Shedding their shooting jackets for a dressier attire, the top collegiate rifle shooters in the country returned to the Ohio State University campus to find out who was this season's best of the best.

Started in 1936, the All-American award honors collegiate shooters in the rifle, pistol, and shotgun disciplines. Pistol All-Americans were announced the following weekend at the conclusion of the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships at Ft. Benning and Shotgun All-American awards were presented after the ACUI Clay Target Championships last weekend.

So who gets in? Hadn't the best shooters just been decided at the NCAA Rifle Championships? Well yes, but the NRA's All-American awards in rifle look to highlight a larger number of students and look to take both their entire season-long shooting and academic performance into account. Only after careful consideration by the Collegiate Programs Committee, comprised of individuals well known in the competitive shooting community (most are former All-Americans, have coached All-Americans, or both), recipients are selected.

The following collegians have performed remarkable shooting feats during a shooting season while demonstrating exceptional leadership and character beyond the firing line:

2013 NRA All-Americans - Smallbore Rifle First Team
Ryan Anderson University of Alaska Fairbanks
Sarah Beard Texas Christian University
Taylor Ciotola West Virginia University
Daniel R. Hermsmeier The University of Memphis
Emily Holsopple
University of Kentucky
Meelis Kiisk West Virginia University
Michael Matthews United States Military Academy
Sarah Scherer Texas Christian University
Garrett Spurgeon West Virginia University
Petra Zublasing
West Virginia University

2013 NRA Collegiate All-American Second Team Smallbore Rifle

2013 NRA All-Americans - Smallbore Rifle Second Team
Meredith Carpentier United States Air Force Academy
Connor Davis University of Kentucky
Steven Frazier United States Naval Academy
Heather Greathouse University of Kentucky
Thomas Kyanko
West Virginia University
Megan Lee Texas Christian University
Michael Liuzza University of Alaska Fairbanks
Samuel Muegge Jacksonville State University
Daniel Sojka West Virginia University
Joseph Todaro
United States Military Academy

2013 NRA Collegiate All-American Smallbore Rifle Honorable Mentions

2013 NRA All-Americans - Smallbore Rifle Honorable Mentions
Cole Bures University of Alaska Fairbanks
Caitlin Morrissey Texas Christian University
Samantha L. Philyaw-Bullard Jacksonville State Univ.
Patrick Sunderman West Virginia University

2013 NRA Collegiate All-American First Team Air Rifle

2013 NRA All-Americans - Air Rifle First Team
Sarah Beard Texas Christian University
Richard L. Calvin United States Military Academy
Taylor Ciotola West Virginia University
Connor Davis University of Kentucky
Daniel R. Hermsmeier
The University of Memphis
Heather Greathouse University of Kentucky
Maren Prediger West Virginia University
Tyler Rico United States Air Force Academy
Sarah Scherer Texas Christian University
Petra Zublasing
West Virginia University

2013 NRA Collegiate All-American Second Team Air Rifle

2013 NRA All-Americans - Air Rifle Second Team
Ryan Anderson University of Alaska Fairbanks
Meredith Carpentier United States Air Force Academy
Dustin Chesebro University of Alaska Fairbanks
Janine Dutton University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Kelsey Emme
Murray State University
Monica L. Fyfe Jacksonville State University
Emily Holsopple University of Kentucky
Meelis Kiisk West Virginia University
Caitlin Morrissey Texas Christian University
Garrett Spurgeon
West Virginia University

2013 NRA Collegiate All-American Air Rifle Honorable Mentions

2013 NRA All-Americans - Air Rifle Honorable Mentions
Elijah Ellis University of Kentucky
Matts Eriksson University of Alaska Fairbanks
Michael Liuzza University of Alaska Fairbanks
Ed Ryznar University of Kentucky
Stacy Wheatley University of Kentucky
Ryan Williams United States Naval Academy

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