The rifle team, seen here at the Patriot Championships, dropped their first match of the season against Air Force.

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The TCU women’s rifle team lost to the United States Air Force Academy 4,686-4,685 Saturday evening, marking their first loss of the season.

Senior Hannah Black led all shooters with an aggregate score of 1,175(smallbore 584; air rifle 591). She was followed by first-year Rachel Garner (1,166) and sophomore Mindy Miles (1,171).

“It has been awhile since we’ve lost a match, let alone a qualifier,” said head coach Karen Monez. “We would have liked to finish the year a little stronger, but the score today tells us we still have to work to do,”

The Falcons had a strong showing from sophomore Spencer Cap (1,175) and first-year Anna Welibacher (1,173). Cap won the individual smallbore match, shooting a score of 586.

Wins and losses don’t play a part in who participates in the NCAA tournament. The three best scores of the season and the qualifier are added up to determine which eight teams continue on.

“We know what our scores are. The scores are posted on the NCAA website, so we can go on there and figure out where are stand. We should be ranked 4th, is what I predicted,” said Monez.

If the Frogs make the tournament, it’ll be their tenth consecutive trip to the championships. The official rankings will be announced Thursday, February 25