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
    • VIDEO: SEC Network 'Take It All In' Promo

      Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 11

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      On this Monday we take a look at moment No. 11 of the top moments in Billy Chadwick's career.  This moment encompasses a year full of great accomplishments that Chadwick made the norm for the Ole Miss tennis program.  In... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 14-20)

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss went 1-2 last week vs. No. 7 LSU, dropping a 13-inning affair in the series opener before taking game two and falling in the series finale.- Ole Miss became the... read more

    • Baseball Scorecards Tell the Story

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Baseball

      Earlier this baseball season, Ole Miss tied a game on a dropped fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, which was a case of deja vu for Ole Miss fan Curtis Wilkie, who remembered the same... read more

    • Closing Time

      Monday, April 21, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Normal 0 false false false EN-US... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Rebels Drop Series With Shutout Loss To LSU

      Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Baseball

      Sam Smith posted his eighth straight quality start, but it was not enough, as LSU shut out Ole Miss 2-0 Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series. It was the first time that the Rebels had been shutout since a... read more

    • Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-LSU Highlights

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Bousfield's 4-For-4 Game Lifts Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 18, 2014 -

      LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more

    • Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video

      Friday, April 18, 2014 - Athletics

      BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip 2014: Look Back Video from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more

    • I'm Back

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • Two More Second-Round Projections For Moncrief

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Football

      Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more

    • VIDEO: Four Months To SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Athletics

      read more