ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy rifle team is set to open its 2022-23 campaign 9:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 as it hosts TCU and VMI for a tri-meet at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
Accessing the USNA
The United States Naval Academy (USNA) is closed to all vehicles without a Department of Defense-approved identification card. All other visitors are encouraged to park downtown and walk through the security gates at Gate 1. When walking on, those ages 18 and over must present a photo identification card (driver’s license) to gain access and those ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Scouting the Midshipmen
The Midshipmen come into the season after recording a 9-7 record, including a 3-4 mark in Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) matches a season ago. The nine victories secured the Midshipmen’s third winning season in the last four years.
Entering the year, Navy returns seven student-athletes from last season’s team with five newcomers added to the roster.
Mason MacKenzie (Henderson, Md.) is the Mids’ lone senior. Prior to the season, head coach Mike Anti announced that MacKenzie had been selected by his teammates to serve as the Mids’ team captain for the 2022-23 season.
MacKenzie is joined by juniors Mark Dely (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Deonte Hayes (Fort Mill, S.C.), and Clarissa Layland (Granbury, Texas), along with sophomores Marleigh Duncan (Wake Forest, N.C.), Stephanie Milvain (Matthews, N.C.), and Joshua Potts (Ephrata, Pa.) as returners from the 2021-22 season.
Joining the program for the upcoming season are five newcomers including Catherine Dely (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Parker Haydin (Joshua, Texas), Grace Shepard (Beecher, Ill.), David Uhrich (Camp Hill, Pa.), and Isabelle Zantow (St. Simons Island, Ga.).
Last season, the TCU women’s rifle team successfully defended their Air Rifle National Championship, firing a 2,386 in the discipline. It was the fourth time in program history for the Horned Frogs took home the air rifle title. Combined with their smallbore score, the Frogs finished second overall with a final total of 4,736. Kristen Hemphill and Stephanie Grundsoee, who qualified for a trip to the individual finals last season, return to help lead TCU.
The VMI men’s and women’s rifle teams head to Annapolis for the first match of the season. The Keydets are led by Maxine Gray-Barth and Katelynn Grochalski on the women’s side, while Kolton Dobson and Stephen Garner are the two most senior members of the men’s team making the trip to Annapolis.
Following its opening-weekend tri-meet against TCU and VMI, Navy will return to action Sunday, October 2 as it hosts fellow GARC member Memphis. The match is set to get underway at 9:00 a.m.
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