Signing celebration for Noelle Christensen on her official commitment to TCU on a scholarship for shooting -- Congratulations, what a monumental achievement! Some #accidentalrenaissance action going on in that top photo! Story below... Noelle Christensen, a senior student at Heritage School in Fredericksburg, will sign a National Letter of Intent to shoot for the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frog Rifle Team on Monday, November 13 at 8:00 am in the Heritage School MPAC building.
From TCU Rifle Head Coach, Karen Monez, “We are very excited that Noelle will be joining the TCU rifle program and are looking forward to her arrival on campus next August. Noelle has tremendous potential…her academics are stellar and she has the determination and self-discipline to shine on the rifle range as well…I look for her to continue to improve and become a solid collegiate shooter.”
Christensen found her passion for Precision Shooting while visiting the Kerr County 4H Big Bash as a fifth-grader. “I’d never fired a gun before, but hit the target and was hooked,” she said. She continued, “I qualified for my first National Junior Olympics in 2015 and competed as a high school freshman against college team shooters.” In 2017, Christensen qualified again and won first in her age group in Texas for small-bore (.22 caliber) and third in her age group nationally. As a member of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), she helped her Texas team bring home the gold from the Nationals in Camp Perry, Ohio.
Born and raised in Kerrville, Christensen moved to Fredericksburg with her family in 2013. She’s the daughter of Erick and Deanna Christensen and sister of Elias, who plays Varsity football for Heritage. “My family has been super supportive in taking me to competitions, helping me upgrade my equipment and encouraging me to develop my skills as a precision shooter. This sport requires tremendous commitment and discipline…10,000 hours of practice to become expert…I could not have gone this far without them.”
The Horned Frogs have risen to national prominence under the guidance of Monez, now in her 13th season as Head Coach. TCU?recorded a top-five national ranking in each of the previous eight seasons, including a pair of National Championships in 2010 and 2012. Since making the NCAA Championships in 2007, the all-women Horned Frogs have not missed, making nine straight appearances.
TCU is a member of the NCAA-sanctioned Patriot Conference. At the close of last season, five members of the TCU women’s rifle team combined to earn a school-record 13 All-America selections. This season, the Horned Frogs were undefeated after five matches and came in second this past week to top-seeded West Virginia. They face UTEP in a home match this weekend.
“I’m honored to be attending TCU on scholarship this fall, and competing for the Horned Frogs when the season begins in September,” said Christensen. She concluded, “but right now, my focus is on keeping my grades high and enjoying my senior year at Heritage!”