Rachel Martin takes home the 2015 smallbore national title.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Martin Takes First at NCAAs, NU Places Fourth

By NU Athletic Communications
Fairbanks, Alaska --- Nebraska's Rachel Martin took first place in smallbore at the NCAA Championships on March 13-14.  The sophomore from Peralta, N.M. finished with a qualifying score of 584 and a final score of 453.3 to clinch the title. Martin is only the third Husker to win a national championship, and the first Nebraska shooter to win since Kristina Fehlings in 2006.

As a team, Nebraska came in at No. 4 overall with a team score of 4,667.

On Friday, the Huskers shot a team smallbore score of 2,311.  Rachel Martin, along with Lauren Phillips and Denise Martin, who both scored a 578 propelled the Huskers to a third-place finish after one day of competition.

Heading into air rifle on Saturday, NU trailed Alaska by 20 points and West Virginia by eight points. Lauren Phillips fired a 590, while Rachel Martin and Maggie Mical tallied a 589, helping the Huskers finish with a 2,356 in air rifle.

West Virginia came out on top for the third consecutive year with a team score of 4,702.  Alaska finished second with a score of 4,700.  TCU was tied with Nebraska with a score of 4,667, but won the tie-breaker due to the team's 275 center shots, opposed to Nebraska's 262, putting the Horned Frogs in third place.  

This concludes the season for the Nebraska rifle team.  The Huskers finished the regular-season with a record of 7-5 and placed third at the conference championships. The fourth-place finish at nationals is the best finish for the team since 2008.  Next season, the team will return all shooters, with the exception of Kelsey Hansen who graduates in May.

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