Ruby Gomes a Wildcat
Portsmouth Rhode Island High School senior Ruby Gomes has committed to the University of Kentucky Wildcat’s nationally ranked rifle team. Gomes will be joining a team which has made 17 consecutive appearances in the NCAA championships and produced over 60 All Americans.
After learning basic skills at various local clubs, she won the Rhode Island Junior title and finished in the top three of the Junior Olympic Rifle Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Wishing to hone her skills Gomes spent her junior year in Colorado Springs training with the National Training Center Shooting Junior Program. As a resulted she was selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Shooting Hopes junior competition in Pilsen, Czech Republic where she was a teammate of Olympic Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher.
She added to her international resume by competing in the 2017 British National Smallbore Rifle Championship as a member of the United States Team competing in the Goodwill Randle Team Match, which the United States won. In individual competition she brought home seven first place wins.
Gomes, who was heavily recruited, selected Kentucky for its excellent academic and athletic programs.
University of Kentucky bound Ruby Gomes displays the Charlie Rogers Trophy plaque, emblematic of the national Expert class prone champion which she won at 2017 at the National Smallbore Rifle Prone Championships. Photo credit NRA