Rifle team concludes 2004-05 seasons setting records
Left, Chris Hill earned his second NCAA/NRA Smallbore All-American title. Right, concluded season with solid performances.
In the final match of the season at Reno, Nev., the Academy's rifle team delivered their best performances of the year. The Falcons also concluded the year with junior Christopher Hill being selected to the NCAA/NRA Smallbore All-America second team. "I wish everyone could have joined with us in Reno as our cadets stood on the line and delivered their best performances of the year," said assistant coach Bill Roy. In addition to setting a new team record 2322/2400 in air rifle, the Falcons also set a few personal records. Hill rolled in with a 586, which tied the team record, and sophomore Jessica Palomba broke the 580 barrier with a personal record of 584.
"They were both steely and awesome, and after about their fourth string I knew they were going to have a great match," said Coach Roy. The team has had more than 30 personal records established this season, several team records, and a myriad of meaningful experiences. Both junior Tim Siemer (575) and senior Matthew Colvin (577) added solid performances to the team record that will stand for another six months until next year's team shoots better scores. Being a part of a new team record was especially meaningful for Colvin. He was the team captain this year and helped the team not only set multiple records but also to establish a base that should allow next year's team to surpass all of the individual and team records.
"Colvin will always have good memories of his last match helping to set a school record," head coach Justin Broughton said. The team will start next season in October with a road trip to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.