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February 21, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State rifle team finished third in both events at the Western Intercollegiate Rifle Conference Championships held at Purdue. The Buckeyes shot 1,496 in air rifle behind first place Missouri-Kansas City (1,499) and second place Akron (1.498). In smallbore rifle, OSU scored a 2,253 with Akron taking first (2,265) and Missouri Kansas City second (2,259).

Ohio State’s Jessica Sears (Sr., Nevada City, Calif) and Linnea Nygren (So., Hayward, Calif.) were named to the WIRC second team in air rifle while Sears, Nygren and Bryan Toth (Fr., Stratford, Conn.) were second WIRC all-conference selection in smallbore rifle.

Team Scoring-Air Rifle 1. Missouri-Kansas City 1,499 2. Akron 1,498 3. Ohio State 1,496 4. Morehead State 1,483 5. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1,472 6. Purdue 1,372 7. Grand Valley State 1,263

Team Scoring-Smallbore Rifle 1. Akron 2,265 2. Missouri-Kansas City 2,259 3. Ohio State 2,253 4. Wisconsin Oshkosh 2,229 5. Morehead State 2,191 6. Grand Valley State 2,061 7. Purdue 2,037 8. NROTC 1,962

Ohio State Air Rifle Individuals Linnea Nygren 381 Jessica Sears 380 Bryan Toth 370 Andrew Wesel 365 Joshua Stine 353 John Robak 346

Ohio State Smallbore Rifle Individuals Linnea Nygren 576 Jessica Sears 571 Bryan Toth 561 Andrew Wesel 545 Joshua Stine 531 John Robak 523

WIRC Air Rifle All-Conference Selections 1st Team S. Kraner, Akron C. Courter, Missouri-Kansas City A. Engle, Akron J. Milano, Akron C. Tobbe, Morehead State

2nd Team M. McPhail, Wisconsin-Oshkosh Jessica Sears, Ohio State M. Hanak, Morehead State Linnea Nygren, Ohio State C. Blazek, Wisconsin-Oshkosh

WIRC Smallbore Rifle All-Conference Selections 1st Team M. McPhail, Wisconsin-Oshkosh S. Kramer, Akron J. Milano, Akron C. Courter, Missouri-Kansas City A. Engle, Akron

2nd Team Linnea Nygren, Ohio State C. Tobbe, Morehead State Jessica Sears, Ohio State K. Couter, Missouri-Kansas City Bryan Toth, Ohio State C. Blazek, Wisconsin-Oshkosh