OXFORD, Miss. – Powered by a school record in air rifle, the No. 12 ranked Ole Miss rifle team rallied to defeat No. 13 Navy 4629-4610 here Saturday at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.
The Rebels found themselves trailing the Midshipmen by nine after smallbore, but came out strong in air to overtake Navy for the second straight year and win their second GARC match in a row. Ole Miss defeated No. 9 Memphis by one on Wednesday.
“It’s another great day to be a Rebel,” head coach Valerie Boothe said. “The team continues to impress me with their air rifle. Today was another clue that our smallbore needs to be stronger. I know we have the talent, and now we just need to put it all together at the same time. As always, we’ll keep working towards the finish.”
Led by Dan Jonas with a 577, the Midshipmen fired a 2285 in smallbore to come out of the gates with the lead. Rebel senior Melissa Quartarone led the Rebels with a 572, but their total 2276 left them nine back.
Ole Miss has shown the ability this year to flush the smallbore results and come out much better in air. They did that again Saturday, getting off to a fast start on their way to the school-record 2353. Freshman Ali Weisz fired a 592 to pace the squad again. It marked the fourth match in the last six for the Montana native to score in the 590s.
Quartarone posted a 589, senior Rena Goodwin turned in a season-high 588, and Alivia Yeager shot a 584 to round out the scoring.
The Rebels will head to Murray, Ky., next weekend to face Murray State in the team’s last match before the NCAA qualifier.
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