Rifle: Six Named All-America
- By Shannon McNamara
- March 16, 2011 02:37 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Fresh off their second-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Rifle National Championships, six West Virginia student-athletes earned a combined eight National Rifle Association (NRA) All-America honors.
All five of the shooters that competed at last weekend’s championships – seniors Nicco Campriani, Andy Lamson and Tommy Santelli, junior Justin Pentz and sophomore Petra Zublasing – received at least one recognition. Additionally, senior Kyle Smith also was honored.
WVU’s six honorees is the most of any team in the nation. National champion Kentucky and third-place finisher TCU each had four student-athletes recognized.
“These awards were deserved and a great way for the student-athletes to end their seasons,” says Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond. “Six honorees is a nod to our team’s depth and consistency this year.”
Campriani, the 2011 NCAA air rifle champion, was named to the smallbore and air rifle first teams for the second straight year. The Florence, Italy, native is the only Mountaineer selected to both squads.
The reigning air rifle world champion, Campriani concluded his WVU career with an exceptional season. In addition to his NCAA title, he shot a nation-best 600 air rifle twice. He also shot a program-best 1192 aggregate score on Feb. 6.
Zublasing also earned first team air rifle honors. The Appiano, Italy, native finished second in the discipline at the national championships. After sitting out the first half of the season, she opened her Mountaineer career with a season-best 597 air rifle score.
Zublasing was not eligible for smallbore All-America honors because she did not shoot in enough matches.
Santelli picked up his sixth and seventh career honors and was named to the smallbore and air rifle second teams. His is the first Mountaineer since Cory Willis (1998-2001) to earn seven All-America honors.
A Prosperity, Pa., native, Santelli finished fourth in smallbore at last weekend’s national championships.
Lamson and Smith concluded their four-year Mountaineer careers with air rifle and smallbore second team honors, respectively. The recognition is Lamson’s fifth of his career and Smith’s third.
Pentz rounds out the WVU honorees with air rifle honorable mention recognition, his second career discipline honor and fourth overall. The DuBois, Pa., native finished fifth in air rifle at the national championships.
In addition to the Mountaineers’ second-place overall finish at the NCAA Championships on March 12, the squad also won the air rifle national title and finished second in smallbore. WVU (11-2, 5-1) also repeated as the Great American Rifle Conference champion.