Feb. 23, 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Academy's rifle team competed in the 2014 NCAA Qualifier on Saturday at TCU in Fort Worth. Air Force lost the qualifier match by only 10 points, 4660-4650. Meredith Carpentier was the Falcons' top shooter in each discipline, recording an 1172 total for smallbore and air rifle. David Higgins and Tyler Rico both recorded an 1164 total for the two disciplines.
Carpentier recorded smallbore squad's highest score with a 578. Both Higgins and Rico scored 577s each. Higgins scored a 199 in the prone position while Ryan Jacobs finished with a 572 and scored a 197 in the prone. The teams final score was 2304. Kevin Stinett also shot in the smallbore match and finished with a 572.
In air rifle, Carpentier had the had the highest score overall of 594 with a 99, 98, 98, 100, 99 and 100, and outscored TCU's Jaime Dowd and Catherine Green by 1-point each.
Higgins scored a 200 in the first rounds of the match to build his final score of 587. Rico would follow with scores of 100, 97, 100, 96, 98 and 96 for a final 587. Rico's score was his season-best score.
Kevin Stinett tied up the squad's final score with a 578 which brought the Air Force air rifle final team score to 2346.
Freshman Mary Simonton also shot in the qualifier, and her smallbore score was 561, air rifle 563 for an aggregate 1124.
Now the Air Force rifle team will wait until the NCAA announces the individuals and team qualifiers for the NCAA Rifle National Championships.
The NCAA uses the team scores from each qualifier and three other scores to determine the eight teams that will compete in the National Championships. The other three scores come from the regular season action. All three regular season match scores must come from different match locations.
The NCAA Championships will take place in Murray, Ky., March 14 (Smallbore) and March 15 (Air Rifle).
Feb. 22, 2014 NCAA Qualifier Team Scores: Air Force smallbore: 2304, air rifle 2346 (4650) / TCU smallbore: 2311, air rifle: 2349 (4660). Air Force season record: 10-7, second in Patriot Rifle Conference