Air Rifle, Smallbore
Year: Senior
City/State: LaPorte, Colo.
High School: Poudre



Honors and Awards

  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient (2011)
  • Third-Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American (2011)
  • First-Team Capital One Academic All-District VII (2011)
  • Dr. Gerald Lage Award Recipient  (2011)
  • GARC Scholar-Athlete Award (2011)
  • First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2011)
  • CRCA All-Academic Honoree (2011)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • NCAA Elite 88 Award Recipient (2010)
  • Two NCAA Appearances (2008, 2010)
  • Honorable-Mention All-American (Smallbore, 2009)
  • Five Career Smallbore Titles
  • Two Career Air Rifle Titles
  • National State Games Smallbore Silver Medalist (2007)
  • NRA National Air Rifle Team (2006-07)
  • Colorado Junior Olympic State Air Rifle Champion (2006)
  • National Air Rifle 10-Meter Record Holder

Senior Season (2010-11)
Ryann McGough capped an outstanding career at Nebraska with an award-winning senior season. McGough appeared in all 14 competitions for NU in both disciplines, compiling a 567.50 average in smallbore and a 579.36 air rifle average. Her smallbore average led the Huskers, and she was one of three Huskers to capture a smallbore title during the season. In addition, McGough's air rifle average ranked third on the team.

McGough concluded her career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. She claimed third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, before being named the recipient of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, she was also a first-team academic All-Big 12 pick. A CRCA All-Academic honoree, McGough was also named a GARC Scholar-Athlete. She was also one of the recipients of the Big 12's inaugural Dr. Gerald Lage Award.

Junior Season (2009-10)
McGough competed in both disciplines for the NU lineup in all 15 matches and captured an individual air rifle title with a 586 against Memphis in November to bring her career total to six individual titles. McGough posted a season-best 1,162 combined score to lead the Huskers to a season-opening win over Air Force. She led the Huskers in smallbore twice on the year and four times in air rifle. She posted the second-best combined score for the Big Red - a 1,153 - to help the Huskers finish sixth at the NCAA Championships. McGough finished the season with a 569.86 smallbore average and a 581.87 air rifle average.

In the classroom, McGough earned the Elite 88 Award, given annually to the student-athlete competing at the NCAA Championships with the highest grade-point average. For the fourth and fifth times in her Husker career, McGough posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall and spring. She was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters for her achievements.

Sophomore Season (2008-09)
McGough had a breakout season for NU in 2009, leading the Huskers with a 573.46 smallbore average and combined individual average of 1,154.23. McGough also captured a team-best five individual titles - four in smallbore and one in air rifle - as well as the overall combined title against eventual national champion West Virginia. McGough received honorable-mention All-America honors in smallbore at season's end. McGough also excelled in the classroom, earning spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Fall and Spring Honor Rolls with a 4.0 GPA, the second and third perfect semesters for McGough in her collegiate career.

Freshman Season (2007-08)
McGough capped a successful freshman season with a 575.82 air rifle average and a 565 smallbore average. McGough captured the air rifle title at Air Force in November with a career-high score of 588. McGough competed at the NCAA Championships, shooting a 575 for the Huskers in air rifle. McGough maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester.

Before Nebraska
McGough competed for Coach Gary Trisdale at Cherry Creek Gun Club. The national 10-meter air rifle record holder, she was a member of the 2006-07 NRA National Air Rifle Team. In addition, McGough won the 2006 Colorado Junior Olympic State Air Rifle crown and took the silver medal in smallbore at the National State Games in 2007.

The daughter of Byron McGough and Jackie McGough, Ryann was born on June 25, 1989 in Boulder, Colo. She has one brother, Conlan, 17. A 2007 graduate of Poudre High School, McGough was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. McGough also received the 2007 Youth Education Summit Scholarship. A psychology major at Nebraska, McGough earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2011.

Career Statistics
Smallbore Avg. - 568.96

Air Rifle Avg. - 579.46  


Career Bests
Smallbore - 588 (at West Virginia, 1/16/09)

Air Rifle - 588 (at Air Force, 10/29/07)



Year           Event               Appearances     High Score      Average   
2007-08  Smallbore 




  Air Rifle 




2008-09  Smallbore 




  Air Rifle 




2009-10 Smallbore




  Air Rifle









  Air Rifle




Career Smallbore




Air Rifle




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