Honors & Awards

  • CRCA Smallbore All-American (Second-Team, 2022)
  • CRCA Smallbore All-American (First-Team, 2023)
  • CRCA Smallbore All-American (First-Team, 2024)
  • CRCA Air Rifle All-American (Second-Team, 2023)
  • CRCA Air Rifle All-American (Second-Team, 2024)
  • CRCA Aggregate All-American (Third-Team, 2023)
  • CRCA Aggregate All-American (Second-Team, 2024)
  • NCAA Smallbore National Champion (2023)
  • CRCA Scholastic All-American (2021, 2022)
  • Nebraska Best Female Athlete (2023)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2022)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2023)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023; Spring 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Nebraska Gold Academic Medallion (2022)
  • Nebraska Silver Academic Medallion (2023, 2024)
  • Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award (2022)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024) 
  • School record holder (598, air rifle; 597, smallbore)

Senior (2023-24)
Ossi competed in every match for the Huskers during her senior year, including the NCAA Championships, where she placed eighth in the smallbore. She earned 22 total top-three finishes, including 10 first-place finishes (four aggregate, four smallbore, two air rifle). The senior shattered the program record in the smallbore with a 597 at UTEP on Jan. 27 and tied the program record in the air rifle with a 598 against WVU on Oct. 29. Ossi was named a First-Team CRCA Smallbore All-American, a Second-Team CRCA Air Rifle All-American and a Second-Team Aggregate All-American for her accomplishments this season. Ossi’s smallbore (587.69) and aggregate (1,181.92) averages were first on the team and her air rifle average (594.23) was second. Her smallbore and air rifle marks are the highest of any senior in program history. She was also selected as a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

Junior (2022-23)
Cecelia Ossi was the Huskers’ team captain and had a record year in 2022-23. She earned the title of 2023 NCAA Smallbore Champion after an impressive year in the event. Her smallbore average of 588.75 is the highest of any Husker. Twice this season, she shot the second-highest smallbore score in NU history with a 592. She finished in the top 10 in the smallbore in all 12 matches she competed in for Nebraska, and she notched 11 top-10 overall finishes and nine top-10 air rifle finishes in those matches. She tied for the second-highest air rifle average on the team with a 594.00 and finished first on the team in aggregate average with a 1,181.92. Ossi earned recognition from the CRCA in all three events – she was a first-team smallbore All-American, a second-team air rifle All-American and a third-team aggregate All-American. She either tied or recorded new personal bests in all three disciplines. She shot a 592 twice, at Alaska-Fairbanks and Morehead State, a 597 in the air rifle against UTEP and a 1,187 in the aggregate at the PRC Championships. Ossi didn’t compete in the Huskers’ first two matches this season because she was representing the USA in the smallbore at the 2022 Rifle and Pistol World Championships in Cairo, Egypt. There, she placed 22nd out of 63 shooters. She was named Nebraska's "Best Female Athlete" for her accomplishments during the 2022-23 season.

Sophomore (2021-22)
Cecelia Ossi put together a strong season for the Huskers, earning second-team All-American smallbore honors from the CRCA. She competed in all 12 matches for the Huskers, along with the NCAA Championships, where she placed ninth in the smallbore. A team captain in 2021-22, Ossi topped the team in both smallbore (586.30) and the air rifle (590.75), as her smallbore average broke the school record set by Misty Chanek in 2005-06. She also led NU with an average of 1,176.92 in the aggregate. Ossi set personal records in both air rifle (597) and smallbore (589) and posted ten top-five overall finishes – three of them being first-place finishes on the year. She tied NU’s record in the air rifle with a score of 597 against Akron on Jan. 15. Overall, she earned eight first-place finishes, five times in smallbore and three times in air rifle.  

Freshman (2020-21)
Ossi made an immediate impact in Nebraska’s rifle lineup, as she was one of three Huskers to compete in every meet in 2021. She ranked second on the team in both smallbore (578.9), and aggregate (1168.1) and was fourth in air rifle (589.2), as Nebraska finished sixth at the NCAA Championships. She posted top-six finishes in 11 of 16 events during the regular season, including a first-place finish in smallbore against Air Force (584) and a pair of second-place showings. Ossi finished second in the smallbore at Ohio State (579) and second in the air rifle at Army West Point with a season-best mark of 594. She also tied that mark at the Great American Rifle Conference meet. Ossi earned a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship team for her contributions in the Lincoln community.

Before Nebraska
Ossi brought an impressive shooting resume to Nebraska. She competed for the New Jersey Muzzleloader team at the 2018 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships, earning third place in the muzzleloader discipline. Ossi also earned eighth place overall at the event. She took second place in smallbore as well. Ossi was homeschooled but was involved in 4-H leadership and community service.

A finance major, Ossi was a CRCA Scholastic All-American in 2021 and an Academic All-Big Ten choice in 2022. A five-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection, Ossi earned a prestigious Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2022. She is a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Career Bests
Smallbore - 597 (at UTEP, 1/27/24)
Air Rifle - 598 (vs. WVU, 10/29/23)
Aggregate- 1,191 (at UTEP, 1/27/24)

Year Event Appearances High Score Average
2020-21 Smallbore        10        583 579.60
  Air Rifle 10 594 589.00
2021-22 Smallbore 12 589 586.30
  Air Rifle 12 597 590.75
2022-23 Smallbore 12 592 588.75
  Air Rifle 12 597 594.00
2023-24 Smallbore 13 597* 587.69
  Air Rifle 13 598* 594.23
Career Smallbore 47 597* 585.59
  Air Rifle 47 598* 592.00

*denotes school record