WVU Rifle Earns 21 All-America Honors

West Virginia's Milica Babic pauses to compose herself during an excellent air rifle string
West Virginia's Milica Babic pauses to compose herself during an excellent air rifle string

WVU Rifle Earns 21 All-America Honors


Eight shooters from the West Virginia University rifle team earned a combined 21 National Rifle Association (NRA) and College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America honors over the weekend.

“I’m really proud of the team this year and seeing eight of them receive All-America honors is a huge testament to the depth of the team,” Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond said. “They all pushed each other to get better, which is what good teams do, and this is a nice reward for all their hard work. It’s been awhile since we’ve had this many All-Americans, and that shows great promise to the future of this team.”

Senior Milica Babic was the only WVU shooter named to all three first teams. Babic, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, was named to the NRA All-America First Team Smallbore and Air Rifle squads. She also was named to the CRCA All-America First Team. Babic graduates from WVU with 11 All-America awards; all but three honors were first-team accolades.

Junior David Koenders pushed his career total to nine with this season’s awards. Koenders was named to the NRA All-America First Team Air Rifle and Second Team Smallbore, as well as the CRCA All-America Second Team.

Senior Morgan Phillips landed on the NRA All-America First Team Smallbore list, while sophomore Verena Zaisberger and freshman Akihito Shimizu garnered their first career accolades with NRA All-America First Team Air Rifle recognition. Phillips also was named to the CRCA All-America Third Team and finished her four-year career with eight All-America honors.

Shimizu collected two additional awards in his first season as a Mountaineer and earned NRA All-America Second Team Smallbore and CRCA All-America Second Team honors. Zaisberger also was named to the CRCA All-America Honorable Mention.

Junior Sarah Osborn increased her career collection to five. Osborn was named to the NRA All-America Second Team Smallbore and Air Rifle squads, as well as the CRCA All-America Third Team.

Sophomore Jared Eddy landed on the NRA All-America Second Team Air Rifle and Honorable Mention Smallbore. He also was named to the CRCA All-America Honorable Mention.

Freshman Malori Brown garnered her first career accolades and was named to the NRA All-America Second Team Smallbore and the CRCA All-America Honorable Mention.

Additionally, eight Mountaineers claimed CRCA Scholastic All-America honors: freshman Calista Smoyer, Babic, Phillips, Koenders, Osborn, Eddy, Zaisberger and Brown.

Due to the on-going developments related to COVID-19, the NCAA announced on March 12 that all winter and spring NCAA Championships were canceled.

The Mountaineers were scheduled to shoot at the 2020 NCAA Rifle Championships, from March 13-14, at the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington, Kentucky.




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