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Friday, March 9, 2012 - 2:12pm
UTEP rifle's Alix Moncada was the recipient of the 2012 NCAA Rifle Championship Elite 89 award as announced by NCAA officials.
The Elite 89 award is presented to the student-athelete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site of each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Moncada became the first rifle athlete to garner the award twice in her career. She previously won the then Elite 88 in 2011 when she placed seventh at the NCAA Championships.
A senior accounting and marketing major, Moncada boasts a 3.97 GPA. She was named to the College Rifle Coaches Association's all-academic team in 2010, was a Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist and was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Moncada fired in all 10 contests for the Miners this campaign. She was second amongst her teammates in air gun, posting a season average of 587, shooting 590 or better in two matches, including one with a 592 mark. The senior from Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico registered the third-best average in smallbore with 574, firing a season-best 577 against Nevada.
For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.