Rifle splits two matches during Ohio trip

Columbus, Ohio – The Navy Rifle Team (8-4) split two matches over the weekend in Ohio. The Midshipmen started the weekend at the Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range in Akron, Ohio, losing a four-point decision (4,688-4,684) to Akron (7-4). The Mids rebounded with their second-best result of the season, defeating Ohio State (4-8), 4,706-4,682, Sunday at the Hugh W. Wylie Range in Columbus, Ohio.

“We had a good weekend with our first game at Akron and our second at Ohio State,” said the head coach Mike Anti said.

The Midshipmen fell 2-2 in the Great American Rifle Conference with the four-point loss to Akron. Against Ohio State, Navy has surpassed the 4,700-point record for the third time in the last four games. It was the second most points for the Mids this season.

Navy will resume competition in January when Midshipmen host Ole Miss and Akron at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range on Saturday, January 14.

Match 1 recap: Akron 4,688, Navy 4,684

Navy opened the weekend with a four-point loss to GARC opponents Akron. The Midshipmen posted a score of 4,684 but were beaten by the Zips, who posted a combined score of 4,688.

“Our match in Akron was challenging for most of our athletes,” said Anti. “There were a few bright moments, but most of the time every athlete was slightly below their average, which of course resulted in a below-average team total. Marleigh Duncan was our MVP in Akron with solid results in both events.”

Marleigh Duncan (Wake Forest, NC) was the Mids’ top shooter that day. The sophomore achieved a total score of 1,175 to lead all midshipmen. ParkerHaydin (Joshua, Texas) Clarissa Layland (Granbury, Texas) and Joshua Potts (Ephrata, Pennsylvania) with the second best overall score of the day with 1,168 overall points. Stephanie Milvain (Matthews, NC), who was a small caliber starter, finished with a 1.166 total score while he was an airgun starter Deonte Hayes (Fort Mills, SC) rounded out Navy’s starters with a total score of 1,149. Markus Deli (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Catherine Deli (Fort Wayne, Indiana) the Mids shooters finished with 1,162 and 1,132 points, respectively.

In the smallbore, Duncan led all starters with a 585 score while Potts was a point behind with 584. Milvain surpassed 580 with a smallbore total of 581. Haydin scored 578 points in the discipline while Layland rounded out the standings with 576 points. As a team, the Mids earned a total of 2,328 points.

With the air rifle, three starters reached the 590-point plateau, helping the Midshipmen to a team score of 2,356 in the event. Layland led the airgun score with a total of 592 points, while Duncan and Haydin both boasted 590 airgun points each. Potts finished with 584 points and Hayes finished with 583 points for the starters.

Match 2 recap: Navy 4,706, Ohio State 4,682

In the final game of the weekend, the Midshipmen averaged 4,700 points for the third time in four games and defeated the Buckeyes 4,706-4,682. The result was the second-best record of the season.

“At Ohio State we had a good setback and had our second-highest total points for the season,” Anti added. “However, when the team looked back on their performance, we really missed an opportunity to get a big team score. We simply gave up far too many points because we were in the small caliber. But always fighting and never giving up, our team came back strong in standing (the most difficult position) and lost just 15 total points between our top four athletes. This standing score would beat any of the top three teams in the country. Parker and Marleigh had incredible, world-class points in the standing position of 199 and 198, respectively. ParkerHaydin was our MVP on Sunday with outstanding scores of 593 in small bore and 592 in air rifle.”

Haydin led all of the day’s scorers for a total score of 1,185. Duncan and Layland followed with matching scores of 1,178. Milvain added a score of 1,165 while Potts finished the starters with a total of 1,156. Hayes posted a score of 1.154 while C.Dely posted a 1.152 and brother M.Dely finished with a total score of 1.134.

The Small Calibers saw the Midshipmen combine for a total of 2,342. Haydin led all small bore shooters and posted a score of 593, while Duncan and Layland finished fourth overall with 585 total points. Milvain finished the tournament with 579 points, Potts with 573 points.

In the air rifle, the Navy achieved a combined team score of 2,362. Duncan and Layland tied again with a 593 air rifle record, while Haydin was a point behind with a 592 performance. Milvain posted a score of 586 while Potts finished the starter’s performance with 583 points.

Hayes (572 sb/582 ar), C.Dely (570 sb/582 ar), and M.Dely (569 sb/565 ar) finished the shooters for the Midshipmen.