January 24, 2018

2018 UTM Open Results

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin rifle team competed in a pair of competitions this past week as it hosted the annual UTM Rifle Open and traveled to Murray, Ky. for the Withrow Invitational.

UT Martin hosted its annual event against both UAB and Georgia Military College over the six-day affair (Jan. 16-21) and also welcomed local individual high school students, members of the Weakley County 4-H club and SCSSA to the open.

Joe Martin led the way for the Skyhawks with a smallbore score of 579 as well as pacing the mixed team. Other mixed team participants included Kaitlin Korinek (571), Brigitte Curcio (556), Alex Tamboli (554) and Alex Bapties (539). The women’s team was led by Brianna Sawyers who posted a smallbore score of 556 that led the squad. Ashley Coots (538) and Celia Gelpey (526) also fired for the women’s team in smallbore. Jennifer Plocinik (563), Andre Delcalzo (553), Jacob Osborne (512) and Sean Phillips (497) competed as individuals in the discipline.

UT Martin’s Korinek paced the mixed team in air rifle as she posted a score of 586. Martin (584), Curcio (582), Plocinik (576) and Tamboli (569) fired for the mixed team as well. Gelpey (568) led the women’s team in scoring while Sawyers (567), Coots (560) and Kaylen Royal (560) all shot as well. Also firing in air rifle was Bapties (558), Osborne (552), Delcalzo (549) and Phillips (504).

While at the Withrow Invitational (Jan. 20-21), the Skyhawk rifle team had several members set personal bests as well as the mixed and women’s teams setting season-high aggregates (4,620 and 4,498, respectively). Kentucky, Murray State, Jacksonville State, Memphis, North Georgia and UAB also competed at the invitational.

In smallbore, the mixed team was led by Martin (584) and was followed by Korinek (580), Tamboli (564), Plocinik (560) and Curcio (558). Gelpey (570) blazed the way for the women’s team while Sawyers (558), Coots (557) and Royal (549) competed in smallbore. Delcalzo (555), Osborne (549) and Phillips (529) also fired in the discipline.

UT Martin’s mixed team was led in air rifle by Korinek’s score of 592 while Martin (585), Curcio (580), Tamboli (575) and Plocinik (563). Competing individually were Delcalzo (563), Osborne (560), Bapties (544) and Phillips (541). The women’s team was led by Sawyers (574), Royal (569), Gelpey (564) and Coots (557) in air rifle.

Tamboli’s 575 in air rifle at the Withrow Invitational tied his career high while Martin tied his personal best in smallbore with a score of 584. While in Murray, Ky., Gelpey set a career best in smallbore by firing a 570 while fellow women’s squad mate Royal posted a personal high of 549 in the discipline as well.

“Saturday was a little under what our normal performance is,” said head coach MJ Vowell. “But the performance by both the women’s and mixed teams were superb and that shows in their aggregate scores, both having the best of the year. There were some hiccups along the way but the team just hung in there and made the necessary corrections and capitalized on them. I couldn’t be more proud with how they performed over the weekend given how the team handled things and with all of the personal and team highs achieved.”

The Skyhawks look to keep the momentum rolling as they prepare for the Ohio Valley Conference Championships set for Feb. 3-4 held at Murray, Ky.