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
    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      With Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more

    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 13

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team.  The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West.  This moment... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 31-April 6)

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Auburn Highlights

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

       Game One HighlightsGame Two Highlights... read more

    • Laxer Caps Great Day On The Mound For Rebels

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more