THREE SKYHAWK SHOOTERS EARN POSTSEASON ACCOLADES AT OVC CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 6, 2017
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2017 OVC Championship Results
MOREHEAD, Ky. – Kaitlin Korinek, Joe Martin and Jennifer Plocinik were selected for Ohio Valley Conference postseason honors for the University of Tennessee at Martin rifle program, as they competed in the OVC Championships this past weekend.
Korinek landed the most accolades as she was named OVC Co-Freshman of the Year, Air Rifle First Team All-Newcomer, Air Rifle Second-Team All-OVC, and Smallbore All-Newcomer. After firing an impressive air rifle score of 594 two weeks ago in the UTM Rifle Open, the freshman from Irwin, Pa. finished the OV Championships with a score of 572 in smallbore and 586 in air rifle.
As the Skyhawks top returning shooter, Martin posted a score of 579 in smallbore to earn Smallbore All-OVC First Team honors. This marks the second straight year the junior from Emerado, ND has earned postseason honors (2016 Air Rifle Second-Team All-OVC). His 581 finish in air rifle ranked second behind Korinek but gave him the highest overall total (1160) for UT Martin.
Plocinik used a strong showing of 557 to earn Smallbore All-Newcomer accolades. The Leighton, Pa. freshman also posted a score of 574 in air rifle to lead the women’s team in the discipline.
Overall the mixed squad was able to find some consistency in their performance this weekend as Brigitte Curcio (568 smallbore, 580 air rifle) and Alex Tamboli (564 smallbore, 570 air rifle) each pitched in quality efforts for the Skyhawks. The UT Martin mixed team finished the championships with a score of 2283 in smallbore and 2317 in air rifle for an aggregate total of 4600 earning them a fourth place finish in the competition.
The women’s team opened the championships with a tough outing in smallbore, but were able to rebound and post solid numbers in the air rifle. Plocinik (574), Alyson Sylvester (566), Brianna Sawyers (563) and Ashley Coots (562) made up the scoring for UT Martin in the discipline. Overall, the women’s squad finished the competition with a 2214 smallbore and 2265 air rifle score for a final total of 4479.
“The women’s team had a rough time of it, especially in smallbore,” said head coach Bob Beard. “The mixed team fired their third best score of the season, which will raise our standing in the national rankings a bit. Hopefully we can build on this to shoot well in the NCAA qualifier.”
The Skyhawks will be looking to rebound with a strong showing at the NCAA qualifying round on Feb. 18 in Murray, Ky.