CHARLESTON, S.C. – For the sixth year in a row, at least 10 Citadel rifle cadet-athletes have earned Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholastic All-America honors as 11 Bulldogs picked up the accolade this year, including seven repeat winners.
"I'm very proud that so many of our cadet-athletes earned this award," said head coach William Smith. "This honor shows the hard work that our shooters put in, not just at the range practicing and honing their skills for competition, but in the classroom as they prepare for life after graduation."
To earn the honor, a student-athlete must have maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point average (GPA) for the Fall 2017 semester. Three Bulldogs, including Raven Wills, Colton Poole and Lauren Pringle earned 4.00 GPAs last semester.
This year's honorees include three seniors who wrapped up their collegiate careers as four-time CRCA Scholastic All-Americans, including Morgan Long, Poole and Wills. Fellow senior Carli Cline also picked up the honor and is now a two-time Scholastic All-American. Long is a political science major and earned a 3.60 GPA last semester while Cline posted a 3.55 GPA as a civil engineering major. Wills is a modern language major and Poole is studying mechanical engineering.
Juniors that received the award this year include Allison Auten and Tommy Simrill, both two-time recipients, and Pringle. Auten is currently a mechanical engineering major and earned a 3.41 GPA last semester while Simrill earned a 3.89 GPA as a history major. Pringle is studying biology.
Sophomore Tierra Price earned her second CRCA Scholastic All-American honor while freshmen Max Brabston, Maia Farina and Regina Miles started off their collegiate careers by picking up the honor. Price is a psychology major with a 3.57 GPA last semester and Brabston posted a 3.40 GPA in his first semester at The Citadel as a history major. Farina is a political science major and earned a 3.47 GPA last semester and Miles posted a 3.38 GPA as an intelligence and security major.
The Citadel concluded the 2017-18 season by hosting the 2018 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Rifle Championships at McAlister Field House. The Citadel also hosted the Southern Conference Championships for the second straight season and placed second overall with Auten claiming the individual air rifle crown. Auten, Alexander McAlear and Brabston all earned All-SoCon honors and Brabston was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year. The Bulldogs' co-ed team collected 14 head-to-head wins during the season and wrapped up the season ranked 21st in the nation and Coach Smith was voted the SoCon and CRCA Coach of the Year.