Athletics

Rifle Teams Place First and Third on the Road

Kelia Aardema ’20, who finished fourth overall, and Nick Reynolds ’20, who finished fifth overall, pictured here during an earlier competition this season. Photo by Molly Rolon, VMI Alumni Agencies.

The VMI co-ed rifle team won big on the road against the Georgia Southern Eagles at the Shooting Sport Education Center in Statesboro, Georgia.

The VMI co-ed team placed first with 4506 total aggregate points, Georgia Southern placed second with 4448 aggregate points, and the VMI women’s rifle team earned a third-place finish with 4350 aggregate points.

Freshman Alexander Allison led the Keydets with a second-place finish among top individuals with a 1135 aggregate total. Seniors Hunter Jacob (1133) and Kelia Aardema (1119) earned a third and fourth-place finish, with senior Nick Reynolds (1119) and sophomore Samantha Reid (1117) finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, to represent VMI among the top 10 individuals.

In smallbore competition, Alexander Allison (566), Hunter Jacob (563), Nick Reynolds (558), and Kelia Aardema (556) earned a second through fifth place finish, respectively. Samantha Reid (549) and Simon Krauthamer (545) placed sixth and seventh, and Claire Lee (533) placed 10th to round out the top 10. Savanah Diamond (13th), Jessica Hankin (14th) and Cassidy Dufour (15th) all represented VMI in the smallbore match.

For the air rifle competition, Hunter Jacob placed second among individuals with 570 points, with Alexander Allison and Samantha Reid placing third and fourth with 569 and 568 points. Kelia Aardema (563) and Nick Reynolds (561) place sixth and seventh, with James Doucett earning 558 points to finish 10th. Lauren Dost (11th), Jessica Hankin (12th), Claire Lee (13th) and Savanah Diamond (15th) all represented VMI in the air rifle standings.

Team Score

VMI – 2243 SB, 2263 AR, 4506 Agg
Georgia Southern – 2180 SB, 2268 AR, 4448 Agg
VMI (W) – 2120 SB, 2230 AR, 4350 Agg

Top VMI Individuals

Alexander Allison ’23 – 2nd – 1135
Hunter Jacob ’20 – 3rd – 1133
Kelia Aardema ’20 – 4th – 1119
Nick Reynolds ’20 – 5th – 1119
Samantha Reid ’22 – 6th – 1117

Smallbore – VMI Men

Alexander Allison ’23 – 2nd – 566
Hunter Jacob ’20 – 3rd – 563
Nick Reynolds ’20 – 4th – 558
Simon Krauthamer ’22 – 7th – 545

Smallbore – VMI Women

Kelia Aardema ’20 – 5th – 556
Samantha Reid ’22 – 6th – 549
Claire Lee ’22 – 10th – 533
Savanah Diamond ’22 – 13th – 520
Jessica Hankin ’22 – 14th – 518
Cassidy Dufour ’23 – 15th – 485

Air Rifle – VMI Men

Hunter Jacob ’20 – 2nd – 570
Alexander Allison ’23 – 3rd – 569
Nick Reynolds ’20 – 7th – 561
James Doucett ’23 – 10th – 558

Air Rifle – VMI Women

Samantha Reid ’22 – 4th – 568
Kelia Aardema ’20 – 6th – 563
Lauren Dost ’20 – 11th – 557
Jessica Hankin ’22 – 12th – 556
Claire Lee ’22 – 13th – 549
Savanah Diamond ’22 – 15th – 539

Full Results: http://ncaarifle.org/Home/Scorecard?MatchId=904

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