NCAA Men's & Women's Air Rifle Championships
Jacobs scores 142.7 points to finished fifth place, Rico scores a 101.4 and finished seventh in the nation
NCAA Men's & Women's Air Rifle Championships, Sat., March 14
NCAA Rifle Championships, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 13-14, 2015
2014-15: (All-American, 2015) Rico [Ree-co] competed in the January Rifle Selection Match and finished 10th after two-days of shooting. His final aggregate score was 2316 ... averages for the season are a 579.182 in the smallbore and 591.273 in the air rifle. His average aggregate is 1170.455, which puts him 11th on the NCAA individual score ranking ... set a personal best in the air rifle on Jan. 17, 2015 in the match against TCU and the US Coast Guard in Fort Worth with a 595. His personal best in smallbore of 587 came against Nevada on Oct. 18, 2014 ... in the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships, he finished seventh overall with a 101.4 in the finals match, qualified for finals with a 594 in the air rifle individual championships ... was ranked 12th in the smallbore with a 579.
2013-14: (All-American, 2013) Cadet Rico's career highs include a 582 smallbore and 592 air rifle, with a high cum of 1167 ... on Oct. 19, 2013 against UTEP, he scored the team's third-highest in air rifle (586) and fourth in smallbore (570) ... in the next match on Oct. 20, had a 584 in air rifle and 574 in smallbore ... the team won both matches, 4652-4536 and 4656-4543 ... at the President's Trophy Match on Nov. 2, Rico an 1152 cum against sister academies Army, Navy and Coast Guard, which helped Air Force to its second-place finish, out scoring Navy and the Coast Guard ... in the third match of the season against UTEP, he shot a 559 in smallbore and a 586 in air rifle ... on Jan. 26, Rico shot his career-high agregate (1167) against No. 8 Nebraska ... on Feb. 22 at the qualifier match against TCU, he scored a 586 in air rifle and 569 smallbore ... on Feb. 7, Air Force swept Akron 4638-4616 and Rico finished with a 570 smallbore and 581 air rifle score ... in the first-ever PRC Championships, Rico finished with 1156 points (573 SB, 583 AR) and the team finished second in the conference ... at the NCAA qualifier against TCU, Feb. 22, he finished with an cum score of 1164 (577 SB/587 AR).
2012-13: (All-American) Cadet Rico would like to advance from the national development team to the national team in order to travel internationally and represent the US and the Air Force around the world ... during the 2012-13 season, he set a PB in air rifle twice with a 592 (Oct. 12-13) ... at the 2012 Winter Air Gun Championships (Nov. 30), he was the men's air rifle runner-up, finishing with 696.2 aggregate points ... he was also the junior men's air rifle champion with 698.2 points ... against Nebraska (Jan. 12) he was the Falcons' overall winner of the air rifle match with 590 points ... on Feb. 9, against UTEP he had a solid 200 in prone, and added a 181 in standing and 191 in kneeling to finish with 572 points in smallbore ... at the qualifiers (Feb. 16) he fired a perfect 100 in the first round of the smallbore prone ... he totaled 576 points in the match and finished with 587 points in air rifle ... following the NCAA Rifle Championships, he was selected as an All-American in air rifle first team ... on March 8, he placed 14th in the gun with 577 points in smallbore ... on March 9, he finished in 10th place with 590 points with a 197, 196, 197 and 49.9 in the air rifle shoot off.
BEFORE THE ACADEMY: Graduated from Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Ariz. ... coached by Maj Robert L. DeWitt ... competed in rifle and earned multiple individual national titles ... rifle team placed in nationals his sophomore through senior years ... earned four varsity letters in rifle, three in marching band ... made honor roll every semester ... parents are Cecil and Victoria Rico ... has one sister, Brianna ... hobbies include boxing, jui jitsu, krav maga, hiking and fishing. ACADEMY: Intended major is aeronautical engineering ... would like to attend pilot training and eventually fly the A-10 ... eventually he would like to have a career in a defense company as an engineer ... presently, he is a member of Cadet Squadron 17 - Stalag.
Personal: He began shooting rifle in April 2005 in Tucson. "My father and I started shooting competitively at the same match." He came to the Academy, because of "the great coaching staff and the close proximity to the Olympic Training Center."