Air Force's Thomas Chandler received the Academy's MVP award
May 25, 2009
Air Force Academy sophomore Thomas Chandler, Squadron 23, from Oak Harbor, Wash, received the Academy's Most Valuable Marksmanship Award. Chandler received his award during the Academy's annual Individual Awards Ceremony at Clune Arena, Monday, May 25.
Chandler also earned smallbore rifle All-American, second team honors. For the season, Chandler averaged a 574.15 in smallbore and his air rifle average was 584. In the 2009 National Collegiate Men's Rifle Championships, Chandler finished in 28th place with a smallbore score of 570/600. The NRA sponsors the Collegiate All-American Program. Chandler was the Academy's first expert shooter 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 1,747 points (avg. 582). His 587/600 was a seasonal-best shot in the Reno-UTEP matches on Nov. 15, 2008, while the 580s were achieved on Jan. 31, 2009 against The Citadel and TCU, Feb. 14, at the NCAA qualifier match.
The Falcons concluded the regular season with a 5-11 record. Throughout the season in 2008-09 several members of the rifle team posted individual personal bests in smallbore and air rifle. In March, 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. Chandler was AFA's lone qualifier for the championships in the smallbore event, and competed in the smallbore three-position (60 shots) competition.