June 1, 2011

Bulldog Rifle Releases Challenging 2011-12 Schedule

Charleston, S.C- The Citadel Rifle team released their schedule for the 2011-12 season on Wednesday. The Bulldogs will host 10 matches at The Citadel Marksmanship Center, including two Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) matches and the SEARC Championships.

"We have another difficult schedule coming up this season with SEARC competition and the addition of a few more top 10 NCAA teams," said Coach William Smith.

The Bulldogs, who won their first SEARC Championship in more than a decade this past season, will look to start off conference competition strong on the road in Dahlonega, Ga., where they will compete in the first of seven conference matchups on Oct. 1, 2011. SEARC competition will consist of the same 10 teams: Augusta State, Birmingham Southern, Clemson, Georgia Military College, Georgia Tech, Mercer, NC State, North Georgia College and State University, The Citadel and Wofford.

The schedule also features NCAA open matches that consist of three teams out of the eight that qualify for the NCAA Rifle Championships including University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Texas Christian University and Jacksonville State. The Bulldogs will also face Nevada Reno and The United States Air Force Academy who had individual shooters qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ga., on March 11-12, 2011. 

The Bulldogs will face teams that combine for 11 NCAA National Championships over the last 30 years, with the most recent coming in 2010 when TCU took the national title.

The Citadel rifle team will look to remain competitive with the return of junior leaders Julia McCullohs and Winston Dorian who fired air rifle season averages of 565.52 and 572.54, respectively.

"This should be one of the toughest seasons in the program's history," said Smith.

For more information on Bulldog Rifle, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.citadelsports.com.

The 2011-12 Bulldog Rifle Schedule

10/01/11          SEARC 1 (NGCSU)              Dahlonega, Ga.

10/08/11          SEARC 2                                Charleston, S.C.

10/15/11          Nevada-Reno                        Charleston, S.C.

10/22/11          TCU                                        Charleston, S.C.

10/29/11          SEARC 3                                Milledgeville, Ga.

11/05/11          SEARC 4 (Wofford)             Spartanburg, S.C.

11/12/11          Alumni Match                       Charleston, S.C.

01/14/12          at Ole Miss                            Oxford, Miss.

01/17/12          Alaska-Fairbanks                 Charleston, S.C.

01/21/12          SEARC 5                               Charleston, S.C.

01/28/11          USAFA, NCSU, Ole Miss    Charleston, S.C.

02/04/12          VMI                                       Charleston, S.C.

02/18/12          SEARC 6/NCAA Sectional Charleston, S.C.

03/03/12          SEARC Championships      Charleston, S.C.

03/09/12          NCAA Championships          TBD

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