November 7, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle teams traveled to Jacksonville State and North Georgia this past weekend as the Skyhawks mixed squad picked up their first victory of the season taking down North Georgia and Georgia Southern on Sunday.

On Saturday in Jacksonville, Ala., the mixed team posted a 2283 in the smallbore. The Skyhawks were paced in the discipline by Joe Martin (580), Kaitlin Korinek (577), Brigitte Curcio (564) and Alex Tamboli (562). The women’s team posted a 2233 in the smallbore and were led by Jennifer Plocinik (563), Ashley Coots (559), Alyson Sylvester (559) and Brianna Sawyers (552).

Both teams performed well in the air rifle as the mixed squad finished with a 2313 total, and the women’s team recorded a 2260 total. Three Skyhawks bested the 580 mark for the mixed squad in the discipline with Martin (584), Korinek (583) and Curcio (580) leading the way. Alex Bapties (566) rounded out the scoring for UT Martin. Amanda Mayo (564) set a new personal best as Sylvester (567), Plocinik (566) and Sawyers (563) made up the scoring for the women’s team.

The No. 19 ranked Skyhawks then traveled to Dahlonega, Ga. on Sunday, making it the fourth state they have competed in over a nine day span. The mixed squad finished first as the women’s team took home third place in the competition. Curcio (571) set a career high in the smallbore discipline, as Martin (579), Korinek (563) and Tamboli (559) made up the scoring for the mixed squad. Plocinik (568), Sylvester (562), Sawyers (557) and Coots (549) were the leading shooters for the women’s team.

Once again both teams used the air rifle to pull away from the competition as the women’s team set a new team record in the discipline with a 2308. Sawyers (588), Sylvester (574) and Mayo (570) each set career highs in the discipline. The mixed squad was paced by Korinek’s career high (590) as well as Martin (583), Curcio (579) and Logan Hunt (572). The mixed squad finished with a 4596 aggregate total, while the women’s team recorded a 4544 total.

“Shooting four competition in four different states in the last nine days has the team, and the coaches, pretty worn out,” said UT Martin head coach Bob Beard. “Even so, we battled through and performed well this weekend. We had six career highs, and we had Kaitlin join the “590” club. Another positive is that the women’s team set a new school record in the air rifle at North Georgia. The competitions were great for us but we are looking forward to getting back home and hosting our annual turkey shoot fundraiser next week.”

The Skyhawks will host their annual turkey shoot fundraising event next Monday Nov. 14 through Thursday Nov. 17 at the UTM Rifle Range in the ROTC Building located on campus. 

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