Dec. 7, 2011
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - Three Air Force Academy shooters scored high marks at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Air Gun in Anniston, Ala., Dec. 2-4.
Seniors Pat Everson finished 12th and Robert Vasquez finished 17th overall. Freshman Meredith Carpentier represented the Academy in the open women's air rifle event. This was the first time the freshman had ever competed in an open national event. Carpentier posted two very solid scores of 386 on both days, which placed her 30th in the nation.
On the first day, Everson advanced to the final round (top 8 shooters) with a 590 score (his second 590 of the season) and fired a 101.3 in the final to advance to seventh. Everson was the only collegiate shooter at the tryouts to advance to the final round on Day 1. Vasquez fired two very respectable scores of 588 and 585 that put him at the #17 spot.
"Our shooters represented the Air Force Academy in an outstanding manner at the U.S. Olympic Team Air Rifle tryouts," said assistant coach Mike Anti. "Everson and Vasquez finished in the top 20 in the country in the men's open air rifle event."
"I was very pleased with our cadet's performances at this tryout. This is probably one of the biggest and most important matches that they had ever competed in, and all three did a great job," said Anti.
The trials were the first part of the journey toward the London 2012 Olympic Games for aspiring Olympians.
The rifle team has a long break between December and January, when the team continues the regular competition with a match against Nevada-Reno at the Academy's Cadet Rifle Range on Jan. 21.