TCU Rifle travels to Jacksonville State for Gamecock Invitational

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    The No. 10 TCU Rifle has its head in the game approaching this weekend’s Gamecock invitational at No. 7 Jacksonville State.

    Sophomore Kelly Bogart said both smallbore and air rifle are about mental ability rather than physical ability.

    Bogart said the all-women’s team is able to compete against co-ed teams including Jacksonville State because physical strength does not factor into matches. Shooting is all about core strength, which includes being able to control one’s own breathing, balance and heart rate.

    With a background in singing, Bogart said she knew going into rifle matches that the best way to control her breathing was to breathe from her diaphragm.

    “If you breathe with your shoulders instead of from your core, it could throw off your shot,” she said.

    Bogart shot a personal best 587 in air rifle last weekend against UTEP at home. She did however shoot the team’s lowest smallbore score against UTEP with a 564. She said she blames the score on a lack of focus and will get back on track this weekend.

    Sophomore Hannah Black said she is happy with the progress she has made in smallbore this season. Having never shot smallbore prior to her freshman year, she now has the third highest smallbore average on the team.

    Head coach Karen Monez said mental toughness is what will make TCU stand above the rest this weekend, as the women will compete against seven teams. All of the teams in the invitational are contenders to be the top eight in the country, she said.

    “This weekend will really show where we stand in a group of teams that are all at the top,” she said.

    Monez said she has seen great things from senior Jamie Dowd this year, some of which haven’t shown on the scoreboard.

    “I think she’ll have a breakthrough soon,” Monez said. “Her technical ability is way above the scores she has produced recently.”

    Dowd shot personal bests this season in air rifle at Ole Miss (589), and in smallbore at Kentucky (577).

    Wrapping up the first half of the season, Monez said Black as well as freshman Sally Li and sophomore Megan Lee have potential to be NCAA championship contenders.

    The Frogs will travel to Jacksonville, Ala. to compete in the Gamecock Invitational this weekend. The invitational will be all day Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Gamecock Rifle Range.