Two Nevada Rifle Team Members Named All-Americans

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Nevada’s Andrew Hickey and Leah Taboada were named National Rifle Association Second Team All-Americans after competing at the NCAA Rifle Championships this weekend.

Hickey, a senior from Sutter, Calif., was named All-American in both air rifle and smallbore. Hickey shot every match this season. His highest shot in air rifle was a 594 at home against Nebraska on Oct. 5, 2008. Hickey’s highest shot in smallbore was 580 in a three-team match between UTEP and host Air Force on Nov. 15, 2008.

Taboada, a junior from Carson City, Nev., was named All-American in air rifle. She participated in nine matches this season, including this weekend NCAA Championships. Although she made one appearance in smallbore, she competed all nine matches in air rifle. Taboada’s highest shot in air rifle this season was 587 in a three-team match between UTEP and host Air Force on Nov. 15, 2008.

“Andy and Leah led the team throughout the year. We are delighted their effort has been recognized,” Nevada head coach Fred Harvey said.

The All-American award was created by the NRA in 1936. The NRA’s Collegiate Programs Committee selected the winners of the first and second teams in smallbore and air rifle. The awards are to recognize and honor collegians that have performed well throughout the season and have demonstrated leadership and character to the program.