May 16, 2014 1:00 PM by Jordan Mason
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - During three-days of intense competition in the Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match in Ft. Benning, Ga., Air Force cadet Meredith Carpentier finished as the sixth-ranked competitor in the 10m air rifle women's championship, May 11-14. Carpentier's three-day scores totaled 1247.3 points. On day 1, Carpentier finished with 411.9 points; on day 2 she finished with 411.0 and on the third day she scored 413.4 points. Her qualification scores from days 1 and 3 earned her 11 points toward her final total (1246.3). Carpentier finished fifth on Monday and sixth on Wednesday.
Carpentier was added to the mix of competitors after becoming the top winner from the 2013 Winter Airgun Championships in December.
First place went to Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.), with a 1256.8. According to USA Shooting, Beard was the top finisher by virtue of strong finals performances finishing first Wednesday, second Monday and seventh Tuesday.
The competition was a qualifier for the USA Shooting Team at the 2014 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship.
According to USA Shooting, the biggest event on the 2014 shooting calendar is the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championships in Granada, Spain, later this summer. All rifle competitors shot three qualification scores on consecutive days with three separate finals to determine if their total scores rank them in the top-3 of all competitors, thus securing team selection. Aggregate score is determined by adding all qualification scores (3) to any final's points earned during the three matches. Any athlete reaching a final earns points based on their final's rank. First place in the final round equals eight finals points; second in a final equals seven finals points and so on to one point for eighth place. The Spring Selection Match taking place at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) will determine the selection for 30 athletes in total.