Nebraska rifle team member Ryann McGough was awarded Capital One third-team Academic All-America honors this week, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The women's at-large team includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and rifle.
McGough is Nebraska's seventh student-athlete to gain Academic All-America recognition and the second this week alongside wrestler Tucker Lane. In addition, she becomes NU's nation-leading 284th all-time CoSIDA Academic All-American across all sports. McGough is only the second Nebraska rifle team member in history to earn Academic All-America honors, joining two-time winner Rachel Spiry (2001-02).
McGough wrapped up a stellar career with Nebraska this spring, finishing with career averages of 579.45 in air rifle and 568.96 in smallbore. She had a total of 105 team appearances on the range for Nebraska, including 52 in smallbore and 53 in air rifle. During her time at Nebraska, McGough participated in two NCAA Championships and captured four regular-season smallbore titles and two regular-season air rifle titles.
In the classroom, McGough captured a bevy of academic awards and honors. She was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll eight times and earned a perfect 4.0 in six of those semesters. In 2010, she received the Elite 88 award, given annually to the student-athlete competing at the NCAA Championships with the highest grade-point average. This year McGough received a Scholar Athlete award from the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) and was also named one of 13 inaugural recipients of the Big 12's Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the conference's highest academic honor. She wrapped up the year by receiving first-team Academic All-Big 12 accolades.
McGough finished her career at Nebraska with a 3.94 GPA. The native of LaPorte, Colo. graduated in May with a degree in Psychology.