The Horned Frogs will return to Fort Worth with their third national championship in program history after the conclusion of the NCAA Championships Saturday.
The Frogs were led by freshman Kristen Hemphill, who earned the individual air rifle national championship. Hemphill is the first athlete to reach this accomplishment in the history of the program. Teammate and fellow freshman Angeline Henry also joined Hemphill in the individual final, placing second in the event.
TCU finished as the national runner-up in air rifle after a tiebreaker with Air Force favored the Falcons. That score, combined with their smallbore score on Friday, was enough to give the Frogs the edge over the rest of the field and give them the 2019 national championship.
The Horned Frogs have two previous overall team national championships, one in 2010 and the second coming in 2013. All three have come under the direction of head coach Karen Monez, who took over the program in 2003.
The storybook ending for the Frogs comes after a dominant regular season that only saw the team taste defeat once. After the strong performances throughout the season, the biggest surprise has been the success of the five freshman on the team. Hemphill and Henry’s performance Saturday serve as a reminder that the future of the program is bright.