Bulldogs Release 2012-13 Rifle Schedule
Charleston, S.C. – Bulldog rifle head coach William C. Smith released his team's schedule for the 2012-13 season on Monday. The Bulldogs are slated to host nine matches at the Inouye Marksmanship Center including two Southeastern Air Rifle Conference matches and the SEARC Championships.
The Citadel will open up the season with a non-conference matchup against military school rival VMI on Sept. 22, in Lexington, Va. The Bulldogs have topped the Keydets in each of their previous six meetings.
The Bulldog marksmen will compete against seven other schools throughout the 2012-13 season, all of which are ranked by the NCAA. The 2010 and 2012 national champion Horned Frogs of Texas Christian will come to the Inouye Marksmanship Center Oct. 6 and 8, while Kentucky, the 2011 national champions, will compete in Charleston on Nov. 3-4.
The Bulldogs will also play host to No. 4 Army, No. 8 Jacksonville State, No. 13 Air Force, No. 17 Columbus State and conference foe No. 19 N.C. State.
"I am looking forward to TCU coming back with their Pan-American and Olympic level shooters. Teams like TCU, Army, Air Force and Kentucky boost our level of competition and showcase The Citadel campus and The Citadel experience to top level Division I programs," said Bulldog head coach William C. Smith.
In conference play, the Bulldogs will look to notch their fifth SEARC championship since joining the conference with their most recent coming in 2010-11 when they topped rival N.C. State. SEARC competition will begin on Sept. 29-30 in Dahlonega, Ga., and will include seven competitions throughout the season, culminating on March 2 in Charleston for the championship.
Coach Smith, entering his 13th season at the helm, is excited about this year's team and the success of the program's fundraiser through MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc.
"This coming season should be very interesting with the best group of returning shooters since I started coaching. We should have record scores in air and smallbore rifle," said Smith. "The recent target system upgrade and range lighting improvements will reduce our energy consumption while improving the visual shooting environment.
"The entire home schedule will be live on the web at citadelmatchscores.com and the success of our fundraising through the Scholastic Shooting Trust and the continued growth of the shooting sports make this an exciting time for Citadel rifle."
The Bulldogs have already raised over $30,000 this year. Donations are still being accepted and the MidwayUSA Foundation will give three dollars to the team for every dollar donated.
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