Stankey, Stanec Earn Trip To NCAA Championships

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Keely Stankey
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Keely Stankey
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 23, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. – Thursday the Ole Miss rifle team received exciting news as it was announced that two shooters from its roster will perform as individuals in the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championships.

“It’s good to be back and represented at the Championships again,” Rebel head coach Valerie Boothe said.   

Sophomore Abbey Stanec and senior Keely Stankey are scheduled to shoot on Saturday, March 10 at the Championships held in Columbus, Ohio.  Both will be competing in air rifle.  

“It’s pretty exciting,” Stanec said.  “I feel like I’ve worked pretty hard, and especially in air.  I lost my grandpa this year and he was the one who got me involved in shooting, so it’s been kind of a difficult year trying to get back into the swing of things.  But I’m really glad that this is kind of the way to the end the season, and I’m dedicating this season to him.”   

Stankey didn’t even get to watch the 4:00 NCAA selection announcement but was pleased when she heard the news.  

“I’m really happy and honored that I get to represent the University of Mississippi one more time before I graduate,” Stankey said.  “I was really excited with all the hard work I put in during the regular season and that it paid off.”

This will mark the first NCAA Championships appearance for Stanec, and the second for Stankey who competed as a sophomore in 2010.

The lone senior on this year’s Rebels roster, Stankey, has previously stated that the pressure of the moment caught up with her in the 2010 Championships.  This year she expects to be more relaxed heading into the tournament.    

“I think (Keely) learned how to shoot finals on that (2010) run,” Boothe said.  “She went into finals tied for first and wound up finishing seventh.  But I think that was a good experience for her, and she knows what to expect.  It’s good that it’s not her first time because I think she’ll take what she applied from 2010 and carry that into this year.  She’s a lot more mature in her shooting, and I think that will help her benefit the most.”

Boothe credited both shooters as essential pieces to the Rebels team success this season.    

“Keely’s been pretty steady all year long,” Boothe said.  “She’s been pretty even.  Abbey has kind of been up and down a little bit.  I think she’s finally starting to hit her stride toward the end of the season.”

While some may believe Stankey should enter the Championships at an advantage due to having already participated at NCAA’s in the past, Stankey herself doesn’t think so.  

“It’s all about what you do on that one day and you never know what is going to happen,” she said.  “I’m confident heading into it but I’m not saying I have an advantage.”  

The Rebel duo will begin individual training and preparations for the NCAA’s following the GARC Championships this weekend.  

“I’m going to put forth just as much effort as I did during the regular season,” Stanec said.  “I’m not going to try to overwork it or under work it.  I don’t want it to be any different or psyche myself out.  I feel pretty confident with air.  I don’t need to change anything, just need to make sure my mental game is on that day and it’ll all work out.”

The NCAA Championships have a maximum 48 competitors. The eights teams that qualify consist of 5 person teams. If every team uses their maximum, it takes up 40 of the 48 spots, leaving 8 spots for the individuals. Individuals are selected based on their score during the designated qualifier from highest to lowest. Once the qualifying teams are determined, all of the individuals who contributed to getting their team to the championship are taken out of the mix making up the first 40 or less slots. Then the top individuals will fill up the remaining slots.  In even numbered years the advantage goes to the smallbore discipline and in odd numbered years the advantage goes to the air discipline.  The first individual slot goes to the top air rifle score for the 2010 Championships. Individuals are selected alternating between the two disciplines until all 48 slots are filled.

Ohio State will host the championships, which will be held March 9-10 in Columbus, Ohio at the Converse Hall and French Field House on the Ohio State campus.   

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more

    • SEC Nation Talent Talks Ole Miss on Visit

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more

    • What They're Saying: Midseason Honors

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more

    • Rebels Slow Offensive Tempo

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Football

      With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 7

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 7 - Texas A&M (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Defense, Tennessee

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more

    • VIDEO: Studio 18 Live 10.15.14

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • VIDEO: 'Can't Be Denied' Hype Video

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • VIDEO: Bo Wallace on The Dan Patrick Show

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Game-Manager Bo

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it.  Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 6-12)

      Monday, October 13, 2014 - Rifle

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 12

      Sunday, October 12, 2014 - Athletics

      In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. I was able to travel... read more