Dec. 3, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, COLO. - At the 2012 USA Shooting Winter Airgun Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center this past weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), the Academy's rifle team competed in the men's and women's and juniors championships. During the three-day championships, two of the Academy's marksmen won their respective categories. Meredith Carpentier (Waukegan, Ill., CS35) won the women's junior championships. Tyler Rico (Tucson, Ariz., CS17) was the winner of the junior men's air rifle championship.
In the men's air rifle championships, Rico posted the weekend's top score among all competitors in his competition Sunday, with a 698.2. In six relays, Rico fired a total 596 + 102.2 final and an aggregate 698.2 on Day 3. On Sunday, in the men's open, his relay scores totaled 596 +100.2 final and a 696.2 aggregate, good for a second-place finish. On Friday, Rico's men's score was 689.5 and his juniors was 689.3. Saturday's scores were 688.9 in open men's and 690.3 in juniors.
"It was very impressive to see our freshman shooter, Tyler Rico, make all of the finals in each division," said assistant coach Mike Anti. "Tyler really excelled, firing a 596 in the qualification match, which was the highest score fired by anyone in the three-day competition and is truly a world class score. There are very few shooters in the world that can shoot a score that high. As an example in the 2012 Olympics a 596 would have put him in a tie for 5th place going into the final. Not bad for an 18 year old cadet."
Carpentier's successes for the weekend included wins on all three days. On Friday, Carpentier fired a 99, 99, 98, and 96 for a total 392 points in women's open air rifle. She went on to the juniors where her relay scores totaled 392 points + 101.5 for an aggregate 493.5, which put her in second place. On Saturday, she fired all 99s in the relays for a total of 396 points and a final of 101.2 to give her a 497.2 aggregate. She repeated the same relay scores in the juniors but with a 102.8 final for a 498.8 aggregate score that gave her the overall high score. Finally, on Sunday, she shot a total 394 + 101.0 final and a 495 women's aggregate score. She finished in second place in juniors shooting a total 394 + 103.8 final and 497.8 aggregate.
"It was remarkable that Meredith competed in every final for the Open and Junior Division and either won or placed in three of the events," said Anti.
Kevyn Stinett (Colorado Springs, Colo., CS30) also competed with Carpentier in the open and junior championships. In the open, she scored a 390, 493.6 and a 393, respectively. In juniors she finished with a 493.2, 495.6 and 493. 8, respectively.
The two shooters' total scores set new school records in women's airgun. The old record on file was 391 set in 1994 by Bobbie Breyen on 2/10/96 at Sectionals.
The Winter Airgun Championships featured over 225 competitors including seven Olympians and a total of 34 shooters representing USA Shooting's National, Junior and Development Teams competing over three days in Airgun events including Men's/Women's Air Rifle and Air Pistol.
2012 WINTER AIRGUN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS Click on the link below for complete results of the 2012 Winter Airgun Championships: http://www.usashooting.org/library/Competitions/2012_WAG/Results/FINAL_2012_WAG_SCORES.xls
NOV 30 - DEC 3, 2012
Men's Air Rifle: Day 1:
Junior's Air Rifle: Day 1:
Men's Air Rifle: Day 2:
Juniors Air Rifle: Day 2:
Men's Air Rifle: Day 3:
Junior Air Rifle: Day 3: