May 23, 2012
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - The Air Force Academy announced the athletics Most Valuable Player Awards for at the Academy's Individual Awards Ceremony on May 21, 2012.
The Most Valuable Marksmanship (Rifle) Award went to senior Patrick Everson, CS 07 (Eagle River, AK), concluded his Academy career breaking several of his own individual records. In December, 2011, at the Olympic Air Gun Trials; Everson advanced to the final round with a 590 and fired a 101.3 to advance to the final round. He was the only collegiate shooter at the tryouts to advance to the final round on Day 1. On day 2 of the trials, he shot a 578 and finished in 12th place overall with a career record 1269.9 aggregate score. In collegiate matches, he posted an 1162 (versus The Citadel women and Mississippi in January. The Falcons won that meet 4628-4258 and 4627, respectively. A month later he broke that record with 1168 points against TCU.
"Patrick had some of his best performances during his last year on the team. From a 590 in the Olympic Air Gun tryouts, and a 582 in smallbore," said Head coach Launi Meili. "Those are the kind of scores that rank high in the country. His consistency and willingness to pursue his shooting goals throughout his four year Academy career showed determination and dedication needed to reach the highest levels in the sport."
Team Highlights: The 2011-2012 season included a 4602-4570 win at Nebraska-Lincoln on Oct. 14. At the All-Service Academies President's Cup, team finished 2-1 in matches. At The Citadel meet, the Falcons were 4-1, with wins against Mississippi, North Carolina State and The Citadel. On Feb. 16, the team set a season record for aggregate points of 4644 against TCU, just four points off the old score or 4648 set in 2007 under Head coach Launi Meili. The Falcons finished the season 7-10.
Individual Highlights: Shooting against No. 6 Ole Miss and The Citadel, freshman Meredith Carpentier was the highest scorer in the air rifle with a 590. Everson won the smallbore (578) match. During the matches, Carpentier fired individual scores of 100, 96, 98, 98, 99 and 9 (590) to become the first Academy shooter to fire that high of a score against the Rebels. Carpentier was the first Academy woman marksman named to the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll by CollegeSports360.com.
Career Highs: Shooting career-high aggregates in air rifle, Everson scored a 1269.9, while Robert Vasquez finished with 1173 points at the 2012 Olympic AirGun Team Trials in December.
Freshmen Records: Setting a freshmen record, Carpentier finished the season with 1158 cumulative points in the air rifle/600 at the AirGun Trials in December. Craig O'Daniel fired a total of 3417 cumulative points in air rifle/600 (1154) and smallbore (2263) at the 2012 Junior Olympic Trials.