Rifle Duo Tabbed Academic All-America

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • June 06, 2013 03:12 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University graduate Petra Zublasing and rising junior Thomas Kyanko, members of the WVU rifle team, have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women’s and Men’s At-Large Second and Third Teams, respectively, today.

The award, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), is the second consecutive career recognition for Zublasing and the first for Kyanko. Four student-athletes from the rifle team have earned six Academic All-America honors since 2010.

Zublasing’s honor is just the latest in her storied Mountaineer senior season which saw her lead WVU to its nation-best 15th NCAA Championship in March. The Appiano, Italy, native also won the 2013 NCAA smallbore and air rifle individual titles, bringing her career total to three, and she was the first student-athlete since 2001 to win both titles at one championship.

Boasting a 3.84 grade point average (GPA), Zublasing graduated from the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (civil engineering) in May. She was one of 34 seniors to earn the WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Award, and one of eight students honored with the University’s most prestigious student honor – the Order of Augusta.

The College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) 2013 NCAA Shooter of the Match, she ended her career as a five-time National Rifle Association (NRA) First Team All-American. Zublasing also led WVU to its fourth straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship, won the GARC smallbore and combined score titles and was named the conference’s shooter and senior of the year. Additionally, she shot a school-record 595 smallbore and 1193 combined score this season.

A 2012 Olympian, Zublasing actively shoots with the Italian National Team. She finished third in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2013 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Fort Benning World Cup on May 8.

Kyanko, a Wellsburg, W.Va., native, is working toward a computer science degree and boasts a 3.90 GPA. A two-time NRA Second Team All-American, he competed as an individual qualifier in smallbore at the 2013 NCAA Championships and finished seventh. Kyanko also finished fourth in smallbore at the GARC Championships, and he is the two-time reigning WVU GARC Scholar-Athlete.

Kyanko is shooting at the 2013 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle and Pistol this week, at the Shooting Range of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Ga. He finished 11th in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions on Tuesday with a two-day aggregate score of 2318. His placement was boosted by a third-place finish (438) in the second day’s final.