Air Force marksman to compete in NCAAs
Feb. 25, 2009
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The NCAA Men's and Women's Rifle Committee announced the team and individual qualifiers for the 2009 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Rifle Championships. Air Force marksman, sophomore Tom Chandler was AFA's lone qualifier for the event. Chandler will compete in the smallbore three-position (60 shots) competition. The championships will be held, Friday, March 13-14 in Fort Worth, Texas at the TCU Rifle Range and the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Chandler, from Oak Harbor, Wash., is the Academy's first marksman to qualify for the NCAA championships since 2006 when Chris Hill earned All-America honors in the smallbore. Chandler's regular-season highs were 587, 580 and 580 for an aggregate 1747 points (avg. 582). His 587/600 was a seasonal best shot in the Reno-UTEP matches on Nov. 15, while the 580s were achieved on Jan. 31 vs. The Citadel and TCU, Feb. 14, at the NCAA qualifier match.
"Tom has continued to develop into one of the top shooters in the country, and his individual placement at the NCAA qualifiers shows he's ready to compete at the highest level," said head coach Launi Meili. "He's become very consistent in his smallbore performance, so it's going to be very exciting to watch him take on the rest of the top shooters."
Individual and team competitions in smallbore three-position (60 shots) will be held, Friday, March 13 and the individual and team competitions in air rifle (60 shots) will be held Saturday, March 14. The overall team champion will be determined by combining the smallbore and air rifle team totals to one aggregate score for each institution.
A total of 48 competitors were selected for the championships. The top eight teams in both the smallbore three-position and air rifle events were selected based on the average of the three highest regular-season aggregate scores with no more than one match at any given site. The average of the three highest scores was added to the aggregate scores from the designated qualifiers to determine the top eight teams: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Jacksonville State University, University of Kentucky, University of Nevada, Reno, Texas Christian University, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and West Virginia University.