AFA's Meredith Carpenter, 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American
March 17, 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Following the NCAA Rifle Championships on March 14-15, the 2014 NRA Collegiate All-American Rifle Teams were announced. Receiving All-American first-team air rifle and second-team smallbore recognition was Air Force junior Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill., Cadet Squadron 35). At the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships, Carpentier finished 13th overall with a 588 in individual air rifle at Murray State in Kentucky on March 15.
Winners of the All-American title, recognized as the highest honor in collegiate shooting, have gone on to distinguish themselves in international competitions, representing their country both nationally and internationally.
Carpentier has represented the Air Force Academy both nationally and internationally as a student-athlete and a member of the USA Shooting Team. Throughout the 2013-14 collegiate season, she was one of the team's highest marksman, helping her team to a 10-7 season, and a second-place finish in the first-ever Patriot Rifle Conference Championships.
At the 2013 Winter Air Gun Championships, she earned five medals (three gold and two bronze medals) and was the highest collegiate shooter with an aggregate score of 1239.0 in the finals.
"She came out of that match with more medals than anyone, and qualified to go to Munich to shoot against the best shooters in the world," said Launi Meili, the Academy's rifle coach.
On the international scene, she was one of the United States' top shooters in women's 10m air rifle at the 2014 Bavarian Airgun Championships in Munich, Germany as a member of the USA Shooting Team. On March 26 to April 3, she will represent the country at the World Cup USA at Fort Benning, Ga.
In 2013 at the NCAAs, Carpentier finished seventh overall to achieve All-American second-team recognition in the air rifle and smallbore, and all the way she helped the Air Force team to its fifth-place national team finish.
On March 9, 2014, Carpentier was honored by the Sportswomen of Colorado as one of Colorado's Outstanding Female Athletes; for her 2013 achievements, she received the Superior Achievement Award in Rifle.