For the third consecutive year, Ole Miss junior Alison Weisz earned a bid to the NCAA Rifle Championships, as the 2016 teams and individuals were announced Thursday. Hosted by the University of Akron, the championships will be held March 11-12 at the Stile Athletics Field House on the Akron campus in Akron, Ohio.
Weisz, a native of Belgrade, Montana, was one of four individuals selected to compete in air rifle. In 2014, Weisz became the first freshman in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships and competed in air rifle. Last year, Weisz qualified in smallbore.
“We are so excited for Ali,” head coach Valerie Boothe said. “She has worked hard all year and this is a great opportunity for her to represent Ole Miss again on a national stage.”
Weisz owns an average of 590 in air rifle and has posted a 590 or better seven times this year, including a season-best 594 at the Ole Miss Invitational back in October.
“I’m blessed to be able to attend the NCAA Championships for the third time representing Ole Miss,” Weisz said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself this season and at times I struggled believing it could happen again. Thankfully, I have an amazing support system including my team and all the of the athletics staff that never stopped believing in me. I am grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to be there!”
The Rebels have now had an individual qualify for the NCAA Championships five straight years.
Ole Miss is set to host the GARC Championships Friday–Sunday at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center. Admission is free and competition will start early in the morning each day and go all day.
Fans who attend Saturday will enjoy free breakfast from Chick-fil-a and receive a free Ole Miss Rifle bottle koozie. For more information on the GARC Championships, visit the championship central page.
For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram@OleMissRifle. Also follow head coach Valerie Boothe on Twitter at @ValerieBoothe.
Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports