Sweet 16

West Virginia completed a sweep of both the air rifle and smallbore disciplines to win its 16th National Championship in rifle.

The Mountaineers produced a team scores of 2338 in smallbore and 2367 in air rifle for a team total of 4705. That easily outdistanced runner-up University of Alaska (4677) and Kentucky (4675). The 4705 aggregate score is a new NCAA Championship record.

WVU rode a strong overall team performance to the win, displaying depth across both guns that no other school could match. The Mountaineers dominated the competition on the first day (smallbore) piling up a 17-point lead and leaving little doubt that it would complete its march to victory on Day Two.

WVU's counting smallbore totals were recorded by Ziva Dvosrak (588) Garrett Spurgeon (585_ Thomas Kyanko (584) and Meelis Kiisk (581). In air rifle, Maren Prediger (596), Dvorsak (594), Spurgeon (591), and Kyanko (586) combined for the championship mark.

Individually, Maren Prediger took second and Ziva Dvorsak third in the air rifle individual final, while Spurgeon was second in the smallbore final.

All five of West Virginia's counting shooters have college eligibility remaining, and figure to form the core of a team that should contend nationally again next year.


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