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Henrik Larsen, the University of Kentucky rifle team’s star freshman, is this year’s NCAA air rifle individual champion. Larsen is Kentucky’s first national champion since Connor Davis in 2014. Kentucky won this year’s 2018 NCAA overall team championship after defeating five-time defending champion WVU.


Larsen shot 596 in the team matches, the fourth-highest score overall. In the final, Larsen fell behind but came back, shooting a score of 249.4 (including 52 Xs) for the win.


This season, Larsen finished as the top individual in every match he competed in. He led the nation in scoring, with an aggregate average of 1188.83, and smallbore at 592.25. The Mysen, Norway, native also pocketed seven of the nation’s top-11 aggregate scores, including the top two of 1194 and 1193.


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The No. 4-ranked Kentucky rifle team won the 2018 NCAA National Championship, held at the Citadel’s McAlister Field House over the weekend. Kentucky had an aggregate score of 4717. This is the school’s second-ever national championship win. Kentucky previously won the rifle championship in 2011. This victory marked the end of a streak of five consecutive national titles by the No.1-ranked West Virginia University (WVU) rifle team.


Kentucky’s squad included newly-minted air rifle national champion Henrik Larsen and junior Hanna Carr. In the final, Larsen initially trailed before coming back back to shoot a 249. A freshman, Larsen is the first Kentucky shooter to win the individual air rifle NCAA title since Connor Davis in 2014. Carr just missed the air rifle final, but still managed to shoot a 593—her third-highest score this season.


A championship showing in air rifle by the WVU rifle team was not enough to overcome the 18-point deficit, finishing in second place with a 4708 aggregate score.


WVU claimed their sixth straight team air rifle championship with a 2381 total score.  Additionally, WVU sophomore Morgan Phillips followed up her 2017 individual smallbore championship win with her second in a row after an impressive final after entering the final in 8th place.


No. 2-ranked TCU finished third with a 4701 score, and No. 3 Murray State was in fourth place with a 4684 total. Air Force shot 4669 and placed fifth, while Alaska-Fairbanks finished sixth with a 4667 score. Ohio State and Nebraska finished seventh and eighth overall.


Check out the full article at SSUSA.org

Photos courtesy of UK Athletics


admin Mar 17 '18 · blogs+tags ncaa, wvu, uk rifle, championship