Rifle Teams Compete at The Citadel
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – After nearly two months off from competition, the VMI rifle teams got back into action Saturday at The Citadel to face the Bulldogs and the Air Force Academy in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Air Force Academy won the event by shooting a 4680 aggregate score followed by The Citadel mixed team with 4559 points. The VMI mixed team placed third with 4491 points while the VMI women’s team came in fourth with 4414 points. The Citadel women rounded out the field with 4195 combined points.

John Pitman led the efforts in the mixed team smallbore group by placing 13th overall with a 558 and was trailed by Samantha Alexander and William Davidson both shooting a 556. Freshman Ben Doehler also scored points for the team by way of his 544 total for the event.

The VMI women’s smallbore group was paced by sophomore Kelia Aardema, who shot a 552 while Loyce Lightfoot had the second-best score on the team with her 545. Senior Katherine Watson shot a 540 smallbore while Joelle Henry also logged team points with her 517 total.

In the air rifle, the VMI mixed team was led by Alexander, who shot a 575 and was trailed by Hunter Jacob's 573. Davidson totaled 565 points, while sophomore Nick Reynolds and freshman Jacob Lagace ended up logging the other team points by shooting an air rifle tally of 564 and 550, respectively.

The VMI rifle teams next compete Saturday, Feb. 10 at Morehead State.

Team Scores
USAF ACAD. 4680
Citadel COED 4559
VMI COED 4491
VMI Women 4414
Citadel Women 4195

Smallbore
VMI Mixed
13th ... John Pitman ... 558
14th ... Sam Alexander ... 556
16th ... William Davidson ... 556
21st ... Ben Doehler ... 544
23rd ... Nick Reynolds ... 539
26th ... Joohyuk Lee ... 517
28th ... Cole Shenk ... 515

VMI Women
18th ... Kelia Aardema ... 552
20th ... Loyce Lightfoot ... 545
22nd ... Katherine Watson ... 540
27th ... Joelle Henry ... 517
30th ... Kerrie Lightfoot ... 505

Air Rifle
VMI Mixed
12th ... Sam Alexander ... 575

14th ... Hunter Jacob ... 573
19th ... William Davidson ... 565
20th ... Nick Reynolds ... 564
25th ... Jacob Lagace ... 550
29th ... Harrison Smith ... 519

VMI Women
15th ... Katherine Watson ... 571
17th ... Kaitlyn Morrison ... 569
21st ... Kerrie Lightfoot ... 562
22nd ... Sabrina Bell ... 558
27th ... Jamie Foster ... 543