Terim Richards (pronounced TAIR-rum) has been one of the Huskers? top air rifle shooters throughout her career. Richards has twice qualified for the NCAA individual air rifle competition, and will look to become the first Husker to qualify three straight years.
?As the team captain, I expect her marksmanship skills to enable her to compete at a high level, but also to draw this team together throughout the season,? Coach Karen Anthony said.
For the second year in a row, Richards qualified for the individual air rifle competition at the NCAA Championships. Richards fired at least a 380 in every match to earn NRA second-team All-America honors. Her season average of 387.6 ranks third in school history, while she also sits second on the all-time charts for highest air rifle score.
Her best score of the season came in the Huskers? first match in Annapolis, Md., when she tied with Xavier?s Thrine Kane for the event title. The following day, in a dual with the Virginia Military Institute, Richards won the air rifle title outright with a 389.
She was the Huskers? top shooter at the Walsh Invitational, where she fired a 392, one of four times last season that she bettered 389.
Match Air Rifle
at Great Eight 394
at VMI 389
at Jacksonville State 383
vs. TTU, JSU 388
vs. Kentucky, Air Force 385
at Walsh Invitational 392
vs. Alaska-Fairbanks 385
at UTEP Invite 390
at Roger Withrow 388
at NCAA Qualifier 390
at NCAA Individual 387
at NCAA Championships 380
Match Average 388
Entering the season, Richards was one of only two Huskers with collegiate shooting experience, but because of chronic wrist pain that made it difficult to shoot smallbore, Richards competed in only air rifle her sophomore season. With the increased specialty, she emerged as one of the top air rifle shooters in the country.
In just a year, Richards improved her average air rifle score by 29 points. She shot a personal-best 395 against Ohio State, helping the Huskers record a team-best 1,557 in air rifle for a school record aggregate score of 6,165. Richards? consistency throughout the season earned her a spot in the individual air rifle competition at the NCAA Championships, where she finished fifth (391).
Match Air Rifle vs. Army, Norwich 377 vs. King?s College 390
vs. UMKC 384
at Walsh Invitational 377
at Kentucky Invitational 383
vs. UMKC, TCU, Wyoming 372
vs. UAF, Air Force, Wyoming 385
vs. UAF, Air Force, Wyoming 388
at Roger Withrow 379
at Collegiate Sectional 388
vs. Ohio State 395
NCAA Individual 391
at NCAA Championships 390
Match Average 385
Richards was primarily a trap shooter and did not pick up an air rifle until September 1998. Despite her inexperience, Richards? scores improved in nearly every match.
Match Air Rifle Smallbore Aggregate
vs. UMKC 320 790 1,110
at Walsh Invitational 342 973 1,315
at Kentucky Invitational 350 959 1,309
vs. Austin Peay 365 --- ---
at Roger Withrow 377 1,095 1,472
at Collegiate Sectional 365 1,089 1,454
vs. Ohio State 375 --- ---
Match Average 356 981 1,332
As a junior competitor
In addition to the 2000 Nebraska Junior Olympic Air Rifle championship, Richards also claimed the National Junior Olympic Air Rifle title. She finished 39th (749) in the air rifle at the 1999 USA Shooting National Championships.
The daughter of Terry and Kimberly Richards, Terim was born March 12, 1980, in Omaha, Neb. She has a 20-year-old sister, Jamie. A nursing major, Terim started shooting trap in seventh grade.