The University of Kentucky was the big winner on Friday, the first day of the NCAA Division I Rifle Championships, as it won the the team portion of the smallbore event and Wildcats shooter Ethan Settlemires won the individual championship at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Pool International Shooting Complex.
The shooting continues at 8 a.m. Saturday at Columbus State's Lumpkin Center with the air rifle team and individual events, and teams will compete for an overall national championship. The air rifle finals are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kentucky won with a team total of 2,336 points and was followed by West Virginia (2,239), Jacksonville State (2,315), Texas Christian (2,313), Alaska-Fairbanks (2,299), Murray State (2,296), Navy (2,284) and Army (2,273).
Settlemires shot a 101.0 in the individual finals to finish with 691.0. In second place was West Virginia's Nicco Campriani (689.0) and was followed by Kentucky's Heather Grethouse (685.5), West Virginia's Tom Santelli (683.8), Memphis' Daniel Hermsmeier (682.6), TCU's Caitlin Morrissey (682.1), Army's Kelly Buck (678.6) and Jacksonville State's Samuel Muegge (676.6).
Kentucky has won individual and team air rifle national titles in the past but never a smallbore team or individual title, according to Wildcats coach Henry Mullins.
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