Air Force Rifle Team gets ready for President's Trophy Match, Nov, 4
Oct. 29, 2017

Nate Peterson match leader in smallbore match against Nevada

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force rifle team will travel to Annapolis, Md., for the annual President's Trophy Match. The team will compete against the Naval Academy, Army West Point, and the U.S. Coast Guard on Nov. 4. Following the round-robin match, the Falcons will go to Lexington, Va., for a head-to-head match against the Virginia Military Academy on Nov. 5.

Last Time Out: The rifle team was host to seventh-ranked Nevada on Oct. 28. In a very close match, the Falcons lost to the Wolf Pack 4641-4646. In smallbore, Air Force kept their opponent to just a two-point lead with a score of 2296-2298. In air rifle, the Wolf Pack led by just three points, 2348-2345.

Top Individual Scores: Freshman Nate Peterson (Sharpsburg, Ga.) was the match leader in smallbore with a season best 578. He finished the match with a 583 in air rifle. His total (1161) was the highest individual score for smallbore.

Junior Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, Calif.) led in air rifle with an overall high 590, and had the highest individual aggregate (1166). She followed Peterson in smallbore with a 576.

Senior Spencer Brandon (Kingsport, Tenn.) had the third-best individual air rifle score with a 589 and finished with a 561 in smallbore; his total was 1150. Freshman Sarah Sawicki (East Brunswick, N.J.) was ranked sixth on the top 10 individual list with a total 1153. In the smallbore, she had a 570, and scored 583 in air rifle. Junior Nick Learn (South Ridge, Wis.) finished ranked seventh on the top 10 list with an 1152. He scored 572 in smallbore and finished with 580 points in air rifle.

Team Standing: No. 7 Air Force is 0-4 on the season and Patriot Rifle Conference matches.

Air Force Ranked: As of Oct. 24, Air Force and Nevada are tied for seventh in the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association rankings. West Virginia holds the nation's top ranking.

Air Force Rifle Athlete of the Week (Oct. 30): Junior Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, CA) is this week's Air Force Rifle Athlete of the Week. For the third time this season, she led Air Force with top scores. On Saturday, Oct. 28, against Nevada, she led all shooters with an 1166. Weilbacher led with a 590 in air rifle, and had the second-best smallbore score (576). Earlier in the month, she led Air Force against conference opponents, Alaska and Ohio State in Fairbanks (Oct. 13 and 15) with scores of 1174 and 1168, respectively.

Weekend Outlook: Air Force will compete in the annual President's Trophy Match at Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 4. The annual event is a four-way match between sister academies, Air Force, Navy, Army West Point and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Falcons will attempt to claim their fourth President's Trophy. Last year, the Falcons set a match record (5858) at the Falcon Rifle Range. Following Annapolis, the team will compete in a match against VMI in Lexington, Va., on Nov. 5. The last time the two teams went face to face was in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 28. Air Force won the match, 4676-4408.

Johnson on board: This is Assistant coach Dave Johnson first season with the Falcons. Johnson was officially hired in September as the Falcons' assistant coach. Ready to compete: The Air Force Falcons welcomes four new shooters to the roster. On the roster are freshmen Mary Maystrovich from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., Nate Peterson (Sharpsburg, Ga.), Sarah Sawicki (East Brunswick, N.J.), and Belle Toney (Farmington, N.M.).

Returning starters: The quartet of freshmen will join returning starters, senior Spencer Brandon (Kingsport, Tenn.), juniors Spencer Cap (Cranbury, N.J.), Nick Learn (South Ridge, Wis.), and Anna Weilbacher (Leona Valley, Calif.), and sophomores, Kyle Cox (Montrose, Colo.), and Logan Ogden (Galway, N.Y.).

For more information on the Air Force Falcons rifle team, follow @AF_Falcons on Twitter or like the Air Force Academy Rifle team page on Facebook.



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