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UW-Superior Rifle Team Finishes 8th in the Nation after Intercollegiate Rifle Championships and Successful Season

Posted on Mar 27, 2013
The UW-Superior Intercollegiate Rifle Team made history by finishing 8th in the country at the recent Intercollegiate Rife National Championships.
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UW-Superior Rifle Team Finishes 8th in the Nation after Intercollegiate Rifle Championships and Successful Season

It was their inaugural season in the competition that was held at Fort Benning
on the United States Army Marksmanship Unit's ranges in Georgia over the weekend of March 15-17.

Each season only the top ten club teams in the country are invited to the
Intercollegiate National Championship after regional qualifying tournaments held
in several locations across the country.  The UW-Superior Rifle Team shot their
qualifying score in February at North Dakota State University.  The qualifying
tournament and National Championships are shot in both Air Rifle and .22
caliber Smallbore Rifle, and the scores from the two are added together for an
aggregate total for rankings. UWS entered the National Championship ranked 8th
in the country in Air Rifle, and 7th in the country in .22 Smallbore.
The UW-Superior team was represented at the national championship by team
members Tiffany Jones, Crystal Jarve, Zack Bauer and Ariel Johnson.  Shooters
Zach Bauer and Ariel Johnson were shooting as alternates for the team for
shooters Ian Stone and Spencer Miller who could not make the trip to Nationals. 

Chad Danielson is the UW-Superior Shooting Sports Coordinator / Range Director
and was thrilled with how the team did in their first year of competitive
shooting, "It was awesome," he said.  "Most everybody on this team comes at it
with no formal training in shooting." But safety is the first topic the team
learns according to Danielson, who has been shooting at the UW-Superior range
since he was 11 years-old. He even competed himself in the junior program that
the community is also involved in that has won numerous state and national
championships.  Danielson is also a Campus Security officer on the UW-Superior
campus and has been for the past dozen years.

Saturday March 16 saw teams compete in the Air Rifle stage of the championship
and UW-Superior shooters Tiffany Jones, and Crystal Jarve led the team with
scores of 530 and 472 out of a possible 600.  After the Saturday competition
concluded shooters and coaches attended a marksmanship clinic hosted by Army
Marksmanship Unit International Rifle shooters that included 2012 Olympic Team
shooter Sergeant First Class Jason

UW-Superior junior Crystal Jarve said that she will never forget her first trip to the event and learning from an experienced shooter, "Meeting an Olympic shooter was so amazing. He not only is an amazing shooter he also is a very nice person. Very charismatic and he just wanted us to do well. Also the Army Marksmanship Unit was a very large part of the
tournament. While we were there they put on a class for all of the competitors
and they provided a lot of great tips."

Sunday March 17 was the .22 Smallbore portion of the championship held on the
Army Marksmanship Unit's outdoor 50 meter range. Again the team was led in score
by senior Tiffany Jones who shot 499 out of the possible 600, and Zach Bauer who
shot a career best 464. 

After the two days of competition against schools in attendance such as
University of Michigan, Clemson, Penn State, and Purdue, and the air rifle
scores and .22 smallbore scores were added for overall aggregate totals,
the UW-Superior Rifle Team maintained an 8th overall national team
ranking out of 10 teams.  
Jarve had no formal training before joining the team and was thrilled to
compete, she added, "It was amazing. All of the people involved in putting on the tournament were all very nice and helping. They were always willing to give advice. It didn't matter to me this year if we did well or not, this was our first year going to nationals
and I just wanted to get a feel for it."

UW-Superior shooters in attendance at this seasons championships are already
looking forward to next season and always looking for more students to join the
program which runs from September through December.  Jarve is already one of
those looking ahead to next year, "It was a lot of fun representing UW-Superior at nationals. We had never gone before and there was a team from UW-Oshkosh there as well and it was a lot of friendly competition. I can't wait to do it again next year and come home with a few trophies."



Please courtesy
NRA for 1st two photos of general competition and Chad Danielson for
the 3rd photo of target.

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