Academy Rifle Team Fifth in the Nation
March 9, 2013
NCAA Rifle National Championships
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. -- At the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Rifle National Championships this weekend at Ohio State University in Columbus, the Air Force Academy Rifle team finished fifth in the nation with a team total 4,658 points. The individuals selected as All-Americans were announced at the NCAA Rifle Banquet following the Tournament on Saturday evening. Tyler Rico was awarded first team air rifle All-American honor, while Meredith Carpentier was awarded second team air rifle and smallbore All-American honors.
On Friday, the Academy's smallbore team finished fifth with 2,311 points. On Saturday the air rifle team tied for third place in the nation with 2,347 points. AFA's David Higgins finished in sixth place with 680.3 total points in the individual smallbore finals. Meredith Carpentier finished seventh with 590 points in the air rifle individual championships.
On Friday, Higgins' smallbore aggregate going into the final round was 584, he then scored a 96.3 in the shoot-offs to finished in sixth place. On Saturday, in air rifle, Carpentier scored an aggregate 590 qualifying her for the final round. In the shoot-off, she fired a 52.1 which put her in seventh place overall.
"It's taken six years for the Academy's rifle team's dreams of getting to the NCAAs to come true and this year that dream came true," said Head Coach Launi Meili. "Coach Anti and I are extremely proud of our team, they all shot fine against the other teams on the national collegiate stage."
On Saturday, the air rifle squad topped off the team's overall total with 2,347 points and tied for third place with TCU. Friday's smallbore team finished in fifth place with 2,311 points.
Getting the team to the No. 5 national ranking at the completion Saturday's air rifle competition was the Falcons' four-man team of Carpentier (590), Kevyn Stinett (587), Tyler Rico (590) and Higgins (580). Matt Kluckman (573) also shot the gun and the Falcons scored an overall 2,920 point. However, only the pre-determined four-man NCAA squad points count for the team's scoring totals.
On Friday, Higgins set a career best 584 in the smallbore, firing a perfect 100 in the first prone position in relay 1 for a total 198 points, he followed that with a 195 and a 191 in standing and kneeling positions, respectively. He went on to finish sixth in the nation after adding 96.3 points to his aggregate 584 (680.3) in the shoot-offs.
"Meredith continues to lead the team and keeps it under control and puts focus into the areas she needs to keep her performance on track. Tyler stayed consistent throughout the season. Matt stepped up in big ways when we need him to and David did what it takes to get us to the championships. Kevyn, a hometown cadet (Colorado Springs - Doherty) is shooting solid in both guns and had good scores this weekend," said Meili.
At the NCAAs, the Falcons tied two team records set on Jan. 12, 2013: team aggregate (4,658) and smallbore (2,311) set against Nebraska. The Falcons are 18-4 overall and fifth in the nation.
2013 NCAA Team Championship Standings: 1. West Virginia University (4,679), 2. Kentucky (4,670), 3. TCU (4,664), 4. Alaska (4,661), 5. Air Force (4,658), 6. Army (4,644), 7. Nebraska (4,643), 8. JSU (4,621).
2013 NCAA Finish 5th - 4,658
Air Rifle (March 9, 2013) (2,347)
#7. Carpentier - 590 - 99 99 97 98 98 99 + 52.1
#10. Rico - 590 - 99 98 97 99 99 98
#19. Stinett - 587 - 97 96 98 97 100 99
#37. Higgins - 580 - 98 99 97 99 94 93
#44. Kluckman - 573 - 95 94 95 98 96 95
Smallbore 3x20 (March 8, 2013) (2,311)
#6. David Higgins (NCAA) -584 100 98 98 97 96 95 +96.3 (680.3)
#14. Tyler Rico (NCAA) -577 99 97 96 93 95 97
#23. Meredith Carpentier (NCAA) -575 (25*) 98 99 92 98 95 93
#24. Kevyn Stinett (NCAA) -575 (24*) 99 100 94 96 94 92
#32. Matt Kluckman (NCAA) -573 (24*) 99 96 97 95 91 95
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