Freshman Kamilla Kisch Qualifies for NCAAs
Feb. 21, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss freshman Kamilla Kisch earned an individual bid to the NCAA Rifle Championships, as the NCAA Rifle Committee announced the 2018 teams and individuals Wednesday. The championships will be held March 9-10 at McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kisch (Maple Grove, Minnesota) becomes the second Rebel to qualify for the NCAA Championships as a freshman, joining two-time All-American Alison Weisz, who qualified as a freshman in 2014. 

"We are so excited Kamilla Kisch qualified for the NCAA National Air Rifle Championship," head coach Marsha Beasley said. "Only four invitations are given nationally to individual qualifiers in each event.  Selection is based solely on scores fired in the NCAA Qualifier matches held last weekend.  For those reasons, it is quite difficult to earn an individual invitation to NCAAs, which makes it that much more meaningful."

Kisch set a personal best in air rifle with a 596 in the NCAA Qualifier this past weekend to book her spot. She has posted a 590 or better in six competitions this year. Kisch's 596 was one of the school record set by Weisz.

Of note, Kamilla is a walk-on freshman," Beasley said. "She has worked exceptionally hard all season and has seen her work pay off as she steadily progressed. I’m very happy that everything came together for her during Qualifiers." 

The Rebels have now had an individual qualify for the NCAA Championships seven straight years.

The top eight teams in both the smallbore three-position and air rifle events were selected based on the average of the three-highest regular-season aggregate scores with no more than one match at any given site. The average of the three highest scores was added to the aggregate scores from the designated qualifiers to determine the top eight teams.

The eight teams participating are: West Virginia, TCU, Murray State, Kentucky, Alaska-Fairbanks, Air Force, Ohio State and Nebraska. 

The Rebels just missed out on qualifying as a team, finishing ninth with an average of 9340.

The NCAAs are unlike any other rifle match and will be a great learning opportunity for Kamilla," Beasley said. "Her experience at NCAAs this year will benefit the team in future years."  

Individual and team competitions in smallbore three-position (60 shots) will be held Friday, March 9, and individual and team competitions in air rifle (60 shots) will be held Saturday, March 10. The overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team total scores into one aggregate score for each institution.

Ole Miss heads to Morgantown, West Virginia this weekend for the Great America Rifle Conference Championship Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram @OleMissRifle



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