The Nebraska rifle team, led by lone senior Ryann McGough, featured three juniors and four underclassmen that earned a 4-15 record in 2010-11 and a sixth place finish at the GARC Championships. At the end of the season, junior Katie Kostal earned a spot in the NCAA Championships, qualifying for the air rifle competition.
The Huskers started the season off on a good note, defeating Memphis in an October home match, 4,601-4,574. Kostal led the team in the smallbore portion of the match, scoring a 579. Sophomore Janine Dutton shot a team-high 588 in air rifle. Dutton, who won individual honors at the meet, would lead the team in air rifle for most of the season's competitions.
Nebraska finished the first weekend 2-0 after a victory over Army at NU Rifle Range, 4,619-4,605. Freshman Sunny Russell scored a season-high 582 in smallbore, leading the Huskers and winning the event overall. Dutton added a 584 in air rifle, but fell three points short of an individual title.
The Huskers' final home match before February was a 4,565-4,626 loss to Air Force. Dutton led the Huskers in both smallbore and air rifle, scoring 571 and 590, respectively. She would tie for first in air rifle.
After a three-match home stand to start the season, the Huskers traveled to Fort Worth, Texas for a pair of matches with Kentucky and TCU. NU would fall victim to both opponents, losing 4,672-4,579 to Kentucky and 4,690-4,602 to TCU. McGough led the Huskers in smallbore for both matches and Dutton led in the air rifle portion. Dutton's 595 against TCU marked her career-high as a Husker.
The Huskers would head to Morgantown, W.Va., after a 2-3 start for two matches against N.C. State and West Virginia. NU would go 1-1 on the road trip, defeating the Wolfpack, 4,600-4,514 and losing to the Mountaineers, 4,656-4,592. Yet again, McGough led in smallbore and Dutton had the highest air rifle score for Nebraska.
The 2011 season started in Murray, Ky., against Ole Miss and Murray State. The Huskers would fall short of victory in both matches, losing to the Rebels, 4,622-4,573 and to the Racers, 4,657-4,602. Kostal led NU in both competitions against Ole Miss, scoring a 565 in smallbore and 583 in air rifle. Sophomore Joyce Kim led the team against Murray State in the smallbore competition with a 575. Dutton led the team in air rifle for the eighth time out of nine opportunities, with a 592. The score would be good enough to win individually.
The Huskers, 3-6 after the weekend trip, headed to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face Air Force. NU would fall to the Falcons, 4,614-4,566 despite promising performances from the underclassmen. Russell and McGough would tie for the NU high score in smallbore, with 565, while Kim and Dutton would share air rifle honors at 581.
Nebraska would return home for two matches before the NCAA Qualifier against UTEP and TCU. The Miners would prevail against NU in the first match, 4,617-4,582. Junior Katelyn Woltersdorf led the team in the smallbore competition, scoring a 578, while Ryann McGough's 585 was the high score in air rifle. The Horned Frogs also defeated the Huskers, 4,688-4,585, marking Nebraska's sixth consecutive loss. Woltersdorf scored a 570 in smallbore and Dutton shot a 584 in air rifle, both team-bests.
NU would travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for the second time during the season, for the NCAA Qualifier against West Virginia. The Mountaineers shot a 4,704 against Nebraska's 4,596, putting the Huskers' record at 3-10. Kostal shot a season-high 588 in air rifle, earning a spot in the NCAA Championships, while Dutton led the team in smallbore at 570.
At the GARC Championships, NU would finish sixth out of seven, scoring a 4,591 in the process. Dutton shot a 574 in smallbore, while Kim scored a season-high 589 in air rifle. With three scores in the 580s, the Huskers finished fourth in air rifle.
Kostal headed to the NCAA Championships to compete in the air rifle competition, where she shot 567. The score would earn her 11th place out of 12 in the first flight.
Throughout the course of the season, eight players won individual titles. Dutton would go onto win five individual air rifle titles, while Russell, McGough and Woltersdorf each won one individual smallbore title.
In the classroom, the team also experienced success. McGough would take home a slew of honors, including the Dr. Gerald Lage Award, Elite 88 accolades (top GPA by a rifle student athlete in 2010), the HERO Life Skills Award, CoSIDA Academic All-American honors (third team) and CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors.
Dutton would earn National Rifle Association All-American accolades in air rifle as an honorable mention candidate. The rifle team had four Academic All-Big 12 honorees, six Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll members (in both the fall and spring semesters) and six CRCA academic honorees.