Dec. 5, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - USA Shooting's 2013 Winter Airgun Championships begins on Dec. 6-8. The Air Force rifle team will have seven competitors who are likely contenders vying for top finishes. Air Force shooters to look for are Meredith Carpentier and Kevyn Stinett, joining them in the women's competitions is freshman Mary Simonton. Competing in the men's competitions are David Higgins, Craig O'Daniel and Tyler Rico along with freshman Ryan Jacobs.
The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is the venue for the three-day air rifle and air pistol matches.
Last year, Carpentier finished with a three-day aggregate 1,384 in the women's junior championships and a 1,490 in the women's finals. She won the junior championship title on day two of the Winter Airgun Championships with a 498.8 in the finals. She also claimed two second-place spots in the juniors on days one and three. She'll also be looking to best her women's open competitions' third and fourth-place finishes.
Stinett finished with a 1,485 in the juniors and had an aggregate 1,277 in the women's open finals. Stinett claimed sixth place in the junior's on day one (492.2). The next day, she bested that score with a 495.6 and moved up to fourth place. She also placed sixth in the women's open finals. On the final day, she finished in fifth place in juniors with a 493.8.
In the men's championships, Rico's three-day men's open aggregate was 2,075. In the juniors his championships total was 2,078. On the third day of the open and the junior finals, Rico scored a 696.2 in the men's open to finish second. He finished with a 698.2 to win the junior champion title.
Prior to joining the Air Force rifle team, Jacobs competed in the 2012 Winter Airgun Championships. His combined aggregate for both men's open and junior's championships was a 3,366.
After the Winter Airgun Championships, the rifle team will have a break in competition until Jan. 9, 2014 when Air Force hosts the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.