Weisz Places 11th at NCAA Championships
March 11, 2017

Air Rifle Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ole Miss Rifle senior Alison Weisz shot for the last time as a Rebel this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, where she tied for eighth shooting a 594 in the second relay. The tie was broken based on center shots, landing Weisz in the 11th spot, just three spots short of the finals competition. 

Weisz's 594 was one point above her score from last year's NCAA Championships that earned her a trip to the finals and ultimately a bronze medal and two points above her 2016-17 season average. Additionally, she was recognized as a Second Team All-American in air rifle, an award given by the National Rifle Association. 

Weisz's History at NCAA Championships  

Weisz was one of four individuals selected to compete in air rifle for the 2017 championships. In 2014, Weisz became the first freshman in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships and competed in air rifle finishing 16th out of 48 shooters with a 587 score.  Then in 2015, as a sophomore, Weisz attended the championships in smallbore and last year again in air rifle finishing third, earning a bronze medal with a 593.

Air Rifle Breakdown

The air rifle portion of the NCAA Championships was made up of 48 shooters, with the top score coming from West Virginia's Milica Babic who shot a 598, just four points above Weisz's score.  

West Virginia and Texas Christian University held the top five individual spots in the air rifle competition followed by Nebraska coming in sixth place. Weisz's 594 tied with three other shooters; Nebraska's Jaycee Carter, Murray State's Mackenzie Martin and Alaska Fairbanks' Sagen Maddalena. The score was broken based on center shots with Weisz finishing in 11th place after shooting 100, 100, 99, 100, 97, 98 totaling a 594.

Weisz's Words

"It wasn't the outcome I was hoping for. I'm proud of my score, it's better than my season average and you really can't complain when that happens at such a high level of competition. I couldn't control what others shot but I knew it would be close when I finished. It was a great experience and I'm glad I had the opportunity to be here again. It was a blessing to represent Ole Miss one last time.

"I want to thank my teammates who drove up here to support me; I'm so grateful for them. I also want to thank my parents for being here again this year. It really means a lot having them here and I know they are just as upset it was the last one as I am. Also, I want to thank my coaches for supporting me all week and being sure to make the weekend about me. It was really nice of them, because they both had birthdays while we were here. So happy late birthday to them both!"

Marsha's Minute

"Ali shot very well today. She turned in a score above her average which is so hard to do at the NCAA Championships. This competition is unlike any other -- there is a lot going on, a lot of things outside the norm.  I knew it would be very competitive to make the final and Ali almost did."

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