Jan. 24, 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Today, Air Force rifle junior Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill.) became America's top shooter in the world in women's 10m air rifle. As a member of the USA Shooting Team, Carpentier competed in air rifle at the 2014 Bavarian Airgun Championships in Munich, Germany (Jan. 24). She finished in the championships ranked 26th among 87 international competitors and finished with 413.6 total points in the discipline and was USA's top finisher.
Four other American women on the USA Shooting Team who competed in the championships finished Amy Sowash (35th), Elizabeth Gratz (37th), and Sarah Beard (46th).
Carpentier and the USA team will shoot in another air rifle championship on Saturday, Jan. 25.
The championships in Munich hosted over 80 of the world's top women shooters in the discipline. Sonja Pfeilschifter from Germany qualified for the rifle finals with a 420.4; she won the finals with 208.9 points and was crowned the world's top woman in 10m air rifle.
"This is the start of many international matches for Meredith," said Head coach Launi Meili. "She has prepared herself well and is ready for this next step in her progression to represent not only the AFA, but the United States in international competition.She won the most medals at the match leading up to this competition. I am proud of her performance and cannot wait to see her perform against the rest of the top international women shooters in Saturday's competition."
Carpentier qualified for the Bavarian Airgun Championships after consecutively winning five medals at the Winter Airgun Championships in December in Colorado Springs.