Tom Chandler
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    Tom Chandler

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Oak Harbor, WA

    High School:
    Oak Harbor

    Last College:
    Seattle Pacific

    Height:
    5-5

    Position:
    Air/Smallbore

    2010-11: Named first-team smallbore and second team air rifle All-American by the National Rifle Association (NRA) following the 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships hosted by Columbus State ... finished 15th with an aggregate score of 580 in the smallbore three-position (relay 1: 98-98-93-98-96-97) at the NCAA Championships on March 11, in Columbus, Ga. ... Career Statistics: Smallbore Average - 575.20 ... Air Rifle Avg. - 583.81 ... Career Bests: Smallbore - 589 vs. Nebraska (10/23/10) ... Air Rifle - 595 at Spring Air Gun (2/27/10) ... traveled to Washington, D.C., in March for the Center of the Studies of the Presidency and Congress ... the pair presented to the White House research titled, Going International: Nuclear Policy in the Post-Modern Presidency ... honored by the NRA as an All-American five times during his career (three in smallbore, two in air rifle).


    2009-10: Finished the season with a 2558.6 aggregate in the fall, winter and spring Air Gun Championships Finished ninth at the World Air Gun Team tryouts (595 air rifle) ... AFA's top shooter in the 2010 NCAA Qualifier match against TCU (588/600 air rifle) (580 in smallbore) ... Had the team's highest scores in both guns versus The Citadel with a 588 in air rifle and 581 in smallbore ... Broke two school team records during the President's Trophy Match at West Point ... had the highest aggregate air rifle score for an AFA shooter with a 592/600 and the highest overall score of the match ... also had the highest total aggregate of 1,178, previously set in 2006 ... Was AFA's only medalist with a season high 586 score in the smallbore at the President's Trophy Match ... Honored by the NRA following the NCAA Rifle Championships as a 2010 smallbore rifle All-American, first team, and as a 2010 air rifle All-American, first team.


    2008-09: Honored by the NRA following the NCAA Rifle Championships as a 2009 smallbore rifle All-American, second team ... season averages were 574.15 in smallbore and a 584 in air rifle ... in the 2009 National Collegiate Men's Rifle Championships, he finished in 28th place with a smallbore score of 570/600 ... rifle team's most valuable marksman award winner.


    2007-08: Earned the team's most valuable marksmanship award ... shot a personal best 584 in smallbore versus UTEP and Nevada-Reno in November ... shot a 585 PB at the 2008 Olympic Air Trials and finished the event with an aggregate 1,747.


    Before Air Force: Parents are Jeff and Kelley Chandler ... brother Liam Tavish ... lettered once in football ... high school coach was Mike Black ... Washington state junior Olympic champion in 2006 in rifle ... finished third individually at the JROTC National Championships in 2006 ... two-year team captain ... earned four letters in rifle ... 2005 team took third place at the JROTC National Championships ... 2006 American Legion National finalist ... 2006 Washington state shoot of the year ... National Honor Society member ... enjoys drumming, snowboarding, reading, wakeboarding, youth ministry, eating Swedish fish, and ice-blocking ... also attended Seattle Pacific University for one year on an Air Force ROTC scholarship through Detachment 910.


    Academy: Major is political science ... would like to enter the World Class Athlete Program after graduation ... wants a career in intelligence or pilot ... member of Cadet Squadron 23 - Barnstormin ... squadron duties include Squadron Flight NCO ... president of the USAFA Political Science forum ... made the dean's and athletics lists ... spent first period as opposition force cadre ... second period Georgetown Scholars Program, Czech Republic; third period Georgetown Scholars Program Prague and Czech Republic.

    Career Statistics:
    Smallbore Avg. - 575.20
    Air Rifle Avg. - 583.81

    Career Bests:
    Smallbore - 589 vs. Nebraska (10/23/10)
    Air Rifle - 595 at Spring Air Gun (2/27/10)

    Year-by-Year


    Year

    Event

    Appearances

    High Score

    Average

    2007-08

    Smallbore

    9

    584

    563.66

    Air Rifle

    12

    581

    572.83

    2008-09

    Smallbore

    13

    587

    574.15

    Air Rifle

    12

    589

    578.50

    2009-10

    Smallbore

    10

    586

    581.10

    Air Rifle

    15

    595

    588.33

    2010-11

    Smallbore

    12

    589

    581.91

    Air Rifle

    13

    592

    595.59

    Career

    Smallbore

    44

    589

    575.20

    Air Rifle

    52

    595

    583.81

    Honors and Awards:

    • Two school records (2009 President's Day Match - air rifle 592/600; aggregate 1178)
    • 2006 Colorado Junior Olympic State Air Rifle Champion
    • Five-time NRA All-American (2011 first-team smallbore, second-team air rifle; 2010 - first-team smallbore and air rifle; 2009 - second-team smallbore)
    • Named the Academy's Most Valuable Marksman (2010, 2009, 2008)
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