Chandler remains school's top performer in rifle
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force Academy rifle team lost to TCU, 4662-4610, on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Academy's Cadet Gymnasium rifle range. The Falcons finished the meet scoring 2327 total points in the air rifle and 2283 in the smallbore rifle events. Among the team's four-man NCAA squad, senior Tom Chandler was AFA's highest scorer with 589 points in air rifle and 584 points in the smallbore rifle. TCU's Sarah Scherer was the school's highest shooter in air rifle with 596 points while Caitlin Morrissey fired a 582 in the smallbore. TCU's team scores were 2350 in air rifle and 2312 in smallbore.
In air rifle, Chandler led the team with 589 points. Junior Pat Everson followed with 582 points. Juniors Mike Seery and Kyle Phillips both finished as each scored 578 points rounding out the four-man squad. Junior Robert Vasquez had 573 points.
In smallbore, Chandler led the squad with 584 points, Everson had 569 points and Seery and Phillips finished with 567 and 563 points, respectively. Sophomore Ben York finished with 556 points.
"Tom Chandler is leading the team with consistency and doing what it takes to make it to the nationals," said head coach Launi Meili. "We certainly have the talent to shoot the scores to get the team to nationals, but we are falling short when it comes to the real match. We'll be working on getting our match scores more consistent with what's accomplished in practice. Once that is established, we'll be back on track to contend for a team slot at nationals."
Also competing in air rifle were freshmen Alexis Todaro (572), Stormy Sagmoen (560), sophomores York (572) and Matt Kluckman (569). In smallbore, it was Todaro (562), Kluckman (561), freshmen Josh Daviscourt (550) and Sagmoen (548).
On Jan. 22, the Falcons will host their final home meet of the season with the University of Nebraska.