Jan. 14, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Academy's rifle team opened the season with a win against seventh ranked Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Falcons won the match 4658-4643. Meredith Carpentier had the top score in the smallbore match with a 585 and Tyler Rico shot the high score in air rifle (590). Kevyn Stinett took the No. 2 spot in both matches finishing with a 582 and 589, respectively. In team scoring, the Falcons' smallbore team was 2311-2303 against the Cornhuskers and 2347-2340 in air rifle.
"The team is really coming together and shooting great. They feed off each other's enthusiasm and put it to work when it counts. With this level of performance, we can make it to nationals and be competitive there," said Head Coach Launi Meili.
The Falcons continue to set records as Carpentier's aggregate for the match of 1173 is a team record in collegiate scoring, while Stinett's 1171 ties with former shooter, Tom Chandler, class of 2011, against Nebraska set in 2009. Other records set in smallbore were Stinett with a 197 in standing and Ben York with a 200 in prone, which ties the previous prone record, set by David Higgins on Oct. 13, 2012. On Oct. 28, 2012, Kyle Jameson set a smallbore team record for kneeling with a 196 for the season.
The rifle team will be busy getting ready for the Northern Carolina State and The Citadel matches in Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 26 and 27, respectively. In February, the team will host Nevada-Reno on Feb. 2 and UTEP on Feb. 9. The NCAA Qualifiers are scheduled for Feb. 16 with the NCAA National Championships to be held in March at Ohio State University.
The rifle team is now 10-3.