TCU Women’s Rifle Team
Sue Ann Sandusky had been introduced to shoot as a high school student in Findlay, Ohio. Yet she became TCU’s first All-American (1972-74), despite training in a nondescript building in the southeast corner of the campus. Originally a non-scholarship sport trained by a part-time coach, TCU’s rifle team has developed into a highly competitive program that now trains on a high-tech shooting range. And, in 2010, the Women’s Rifle Team gave TCU its first National Collegiate Athletic Association team championship in the sport.
That TCU’s women’s rifle team won a national championship is impressive. It is even more so because they won against co-ed and all men teams. The 2010 Lady Frogs became the first all female team ever to win the NCAA team title and they did so by amassing an “almost unheard of lead” of 22 points in a sport where millimeters can make the difference and a single trigger squeeze can change everything.
Lead by Coach Karen Monez, TCU rallied from a six point deficit after the first day to win the competition. Along with the team title, TCU also won the air rifle competition, and—then freshmen—Sarah Scherer earned the individual smallbore championship. The Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association honored senior Erin Lorenzen as the MVP of the national championship, and five members of the team finished the year as All-Americans.
For a few members of the TCU rifle team, winning the national championships didn’t satisfy their drive for competition. During the summer of 2010, Sarah Beard and Sarah Scherer represented the United States in the World Championships; the U.S. won the team gold medal because of their efforts.