June 18, 2010
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Air Force Academy junior marksman Mike Seery became the school's first men's USA Shooting Junior National 50-meter prone rifle champion this past week (June 14-16) in Fort Benning, Ga. Seery also qualified for the 2010 U.S. Junior World Championship Team in the prone event, which will be held in Munich, Germany, in August.
Seery (Oregon, Ohio) was the top marksman finishing with a total of 1285.3 points in the men's 50-meter prone rifle division. At the USA Shooting National Junior Olympics (April 17-19), he scored an 1192 in the prone event. The two scores from both of these matches were added together to determine his qualification for the 2010 USA Junior World Championship team.
Seery is the first Academy rifle team member to qualify for the international match as a cadet-athlete. "Mike will be representing the Academy and the United States at one of the biggest shooting competitions in the world," said rifle head coach Launi Meili. "There are actually more countries and competitors per country at this prestigious event than in the Olympic Games."
The 2010 Junior World Championship rifle team qualifiers were determined by the 50-meter smallbore prone scores (60 shots in prone for the match total). Four prone matches were used and one final to determine the team. Seery's scores included two from the Junior Olympics and two scores from the USA Shooting National Championships. At the Junior Olympics, Seery shot two 596 scores and he had a 591 and 592 and 102.3 final points (1285.3) at the USA Shooting Junior Nationals this week.
Seery is currently third of 107 shooters in the USA Shooting rankings (.9933) as of May 2010.