Athletics

Rifle Teams Compete Well at Naval Academy to Open Season

The VMI women’s rifle team shot an impressive 2203 in the air rifle segment of the match en route to 4206 aggregate points to place third versus Navy. Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

Looking for a strong start to the 2020-21 season, the VMI rifle teams accomplished the task with solid marks Sept. 26 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Navy won the match with 4658 aggregate points (2305 smallbore, 2353 air rifle) and was followed by the VMI mixed team with 4493 points (2207 SB, 2286 AR) and the VMI women’s team (4206 aggregate; 2003 SB, 2203 AR).

Simon Krauthamer ’22 led the way for the VMI mixed rifle team with a fourth-place 572 smallbore tally and was followed by Jessica Hankin’s [’22] 555 in ninth place. James Doucett ’23 also earned a top 10 mark with a 553 smallbore.

In the women’s smallbore, Savanah Diamond ’22 led the way with a 542 for 13th place overall and was followed by Claire Lee’s [’22] 15th-place mark of 534. Maxine Gray-Barth ’24 (466) and Cassidy Dufour ’23 (461) also scored team points for the category.

Krauthamer led the mixed team in the air rifle with a fourth-place tally of 557 points and was pursued closely by teammate Doucett, who logged a 574 for sixth place. Samantha Reid ’22 (8th, 573) and Jason Gardner ’22 (11th, 564) also had good marks.

Diamond led the VMI women’s team in the air rifle competition with a 558 score for 15th place overall, with sophomore Sarah Robertson ’23 close behind in 18th place with 555 points. Lee (551, 19th) and Gray-Barth (550, 20th) also scored points for the squad.

The Keydets returned to action Oct. 10 at home, facing The Citadel, a match previously scheduled for Sept. 20 in Lexington. They split that match.

The Citadel mixed team earned the win with 4558 aggregate points (2248 SB, 2310 AR) and was followed by the VMI mixed team with 4471 points (2210 SB, 2261 AR). The VMI women’s team came in third with 4309 points (2100 SB, 2209 AR) while The Citadel women finished with 4282 (2070 SB, 2212 AR).

Team Results versus Navy

1          Navy             2305    2353    4658
2          VMI              2207    2286    4493
3          VMI (W)      2003    2203    4206

VMI Mixed Team Results

Smallbore – 2207 points

Simon Krauthamer ’22 – 572 – 4th
Jessica Hankin ’22 – 555 – 9th
James Doucett ’23 – 553 – 10th
Samantha Reid ’22 – 539 – 14th
Nicholas Schaefer ’23 – 527 – 16th
Stephen Garner ’23 – 525 – 17th

Air Rifle – 2286 points

Simon Krauthamer ’22 – 577 – 4th
James Doucett ’23 – 574 – 6th
Samantha Reid ’23 – 573 – 8th
Jason Gardner ’22 – 564 – 11th
Jessica Hankin ’22 – 562 – 12th
Nicholas Schaefer ’23 – 562 – 13th
Stephen Garner ’23 – 542 – 21st

VMI Women’s Team Results

Smallbore – 2003 points

Savanah Diamond ’22 – 542 – 13th
Claire Lee ’22 – 534 – 15th
Maxine Gray-Barth ’24 – 466 – 18th
Cassidy Dufour ’23 – 461 – 19th
Carlie Shaffer ’23 – 448 – 20th

Air Rifle – 2203 points

Savanah Diamond ’22 – 558 – 15th
Sarah Robertson ’23 – 555 – 18th
Claire Lee ’22 – 551 – 19th
Maxine Gray-Barth ’24 – 550 – 20th
Carlie Shaffer ’23 – 539 – 22nd
Cassidy Dufour ’23 – 526 – 23rd

Editor’s Note: This article was first published at vmikeydets.com.