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Elizabeth Gratz

Elizabeth Gratz

Jr. | 5-6 | Sigel, Ill. | Stewardson-Strasburg HS

2015-2016 (Sophomore)

  •  NRA All-America First Team Air Rifle and Honorable Mention Smallbore
  •  CRCA All-America Honorable Mention
  •  CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Third Team
  •  GARC Scholar Athlete
  •  All-GARC First Team Air Rifle, Second Team Combined Score and Honorable Mention Smallbore
  •  CRCA All-Academic Team 
  •  Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team
  •  Shot a career-high 585 smallbore and tied for third place at Mississippi
  •  Matched career-high smallbore score of 585 and finished first against Ohio State at WVU Rifle Range; also shot a program-record 200 prone score and tied for second in air rifle with a 594 mark  
  •  Tallied a program-record 200 prone mark in win vs. Alaska-Fairbanks
  •  Shot a personal-best 595 air rifle vs. Akron at WVU Rifle Range
  •  Shot a program-record 200 prone vs. NC State in Morgantown
  •  Shot 594 air rifle and tied for second place vs. Kentucky at the WVU Rifle Range
  •  Finished third in smallbore (583) and air rifle (590) at the NCAA Qualifying match
  •  Placed 11th in air rifle (589) and 13th in smallbore (578) at the 2016 GARC Championships
  •  Ranked fourth on team with a 591.4 air rifle season average
  •  Finished third in the women’s 10m air rifle competition at the United States Olympic Team Trials for Airgun
  •  Third place, women’s junior 50m rifle 3 positions competition at the 2016 USA Shooting National Championships for Rifle/Pistol; also finished fourth in the open 3 positions competition and fifth overall, third in the junior division, in the women’s 10m rifle prone
  •  Earned two medals at the 2016 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship, finishing second in the women’s 10m air rifle and third in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions; air rifle finish re-secured her position on the National Junior Team  

2014-2015 (Freshman)

  •  NRA All-America First Team Air Rifle and Second Team Smallbore
  •  CRCA All-America Second Team
  •  All-GARC First Team Smallbore, First Team Air Rifle and First Team Combined Score
  •  GARC Rookie of the Year
  •  GARC Scholar Athlete
  •  CRCA All-Academic Team
  •  Tied for third (592) in air rifle vs. TCU
  •  Placed first in smallbore (583) and second in air rifle with a career-high 595 at Ohio State
  •  Placed second in air rifle and matched her career-high 595 mark vs. Memphis
  •  Placed first in smallbore with 584 at Mississippi; also shot a school-record 200 prone and tied for second in air rifle with a 593 mark
  •  Tied for third in air rifle with 593 at Army
  •  Placed third in smallbore with career-high 585 vs. NC State
  •  Tied for third in air rifle with a 592 mark vs. Nebraska
  •  Placed second in smallbore with 581 at Alaska-Fairbanks
  •  Tied for second in smallbore with 582 at Kentucky
  •  Placed sixth in the women’s junior division at the USA Shooting Winter Air Gun Championships
  •  Placed fourth overall in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions at the 2015 USA Shooting Rifle January Selection
  •  Placed seventh in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions at the USA Shooting Spring Selection
  •  Shot at the ISSF Changwon World Cup Korea
  •  Earned two eighth-place finishes at the 2015 ISSF Junior Cup; also finished first in the 10m air rifle mixed international teams event

High School

  •  Was an eight-time Illinois state rifle champion
  •  Placed fourth overall at the 2013 Junior Olympics
  •  Shot at the 2013 World Cups in Fort Benning, Georgia, and Granada, Spain
  •  Won the Silver medal at the 2013 Bavarian Airgun Championships in Munich, Germany
  •  Won the Gold medal in air rifle at the 23rd meeting of the Shooting Hopes in the Czech Republic; also placed fourth in prone and 10th in the 3 positions
  •  Placed eighth shooting 1153 in the women’s 50m 3 positions and 10th shooting 819.4 in the women’s 10m air rifle at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships
  •  Placed second in the women’s 50m air rifle prone High A division and 12th overall shooting 1228.0 at the 2014 USA Shooting National Championships
  •  Shot as a member of the Shelby County Junior Rifle Club
  •  Member of the USA Shooting Team
  •  Played volleyball through her junior year
  •  Member of the National Honor Society (treasurer) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Stewardson-Strasburg High

Personal

  •  Daughter of James and Rachel Gratz
  •  Has three sisters
  •  Birthday is January 16
  •  Majoring in marketing
  •  President’s List
  •  Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  •  Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll 
Career Air Rifle
Year Matches Avg. High
2014-15 14 591 595
2015-16 14 591.4 595
2016-17 13 592.6 600
Career Smallbore
Year Matches Avg. High
2014-15 14 580 585
2015-16 14 579.2 585
2016-17 13 583.5 590
Career Highs
Air Rifle 600
at Kentucky (2/11/17)
Smallbore 590 vs Memphis (11/5/16)

Leading the Way

By Nicolle Thiry | December 15, 2016

Elizabeth Gratz has become an example of a successful student-athlete.

Gratz Garners Academic All-America Honor

By Shannon McNamara | June 09, 2016

Rising West Virginia University junior Elizabeth Gratz was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Third Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Gratz Ascends Podium at Olympic Trial

By Shannon McNamara | June 05, 2016

Rising West Virginia University junior Elizabeth Gratz finished third in the women’s 10m air rifle competition at the United States Olympic Team Trials for Airgun. The three-day competition concluded today at Camp Perry, Ohio.