National Junior Team Members Delivered Top Performances During Day Two of the Winter Airgun Championships

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) December 01, 2012

Women's Air RifleIn the Men's Air Rifle Final, it was Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) coming up with his second straight big win at the 2012 Winter Airgun Championships. But this time he had to fight from behind to do so, whereas yesterday he had a two-point advantage. Entering the final in third, two points behind leader and fellow Jr National Team member Ryan Anderson (Wasilla, Alaska), Davis would shoot a 103.2 final and out-shoot Anderson for the top podium position. Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) would finish third, 1/10th back of Anderson after finishing second in Friday's final.

On Day 2 of the Junior Men's Air Rifle Final, National Junior Team members Anderson and Davis went toe-to-toe to the end once again to decide the top podium placer. Anderson's two-point advantage to begin the 10-shot final would be eliminated after three straight 9s (9.5, 9.5, 9.9) as Davis would jump to a .2 advantage through shot six. Tied after shot seven, Anderson would not fold in his final shots with a 10.4, 10.6, 10.3 to outlast Davis by .5 points in the end. Anderson got some revenge on Davis after previously losing his lead in the Men's Open Final earlier today.  The battle for third would be just as exciting and would be determined in a shoot-off between Daniel Lowe (Olympia, Wash.) and Dan Geer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with Lowe prevailing with a 9.9 to Lowe's 9.3. 

Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.), a 2008 Olympian, edged out U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident athlete Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol final.  Beaman entered the final one point ahead of Brown and locked in the win with 100.7 points in the final.  Brown finished second with 677.6 points.  The bronze medalist was fellow Resident Athlete and 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.) with 675.3 points. 

The Junior Men’s 10m Air Pistol podium was replete with three National Jr. Team members.  Alexander Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Fla.) upped the standard by five points today.  Chichkov fired 668.5 today with 572 match points.  He was followed by Marshall Matters (Hermosa, S.D.) and Brian Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.) with 663.3 and 644.9 respectively.

West Virginia University’s Petra Zublasing continued to dominate in Women’s 10m Air Rifle.  Zublasing, also a member of the 2012 Italian Olympic Team, finished with a one point lead on the competition at 499.8 points.  The National Junior Team’s Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Ill.) showed up in a big way with a 104.4 in the final to jump from sixth to second place.  She was followed by Meredith Carpentier (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the U.S. Air Force Academy with 497.2 points.  Carpentier also claimed the top spot in the Junior Women’s 10m Air Rifle match with 498.8 overall.  She was followed by Gratz and Megan Lee (Holly Springs, N.C.) of Texas Christian University with 496.7 points.

The National Development Team’s Courtney Anthony (Lexington, Neb.) entered the Women’s 10m Air Pistol final with a six point lead on the competition and didn’t give an inch.  Anthony fired the highest final of 97.6 points for the win.  Enkelejda Shehaj (Naples, Fla.) was a point behind Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) at 371, but gained ground in the final with 96.8 points to finish second.  Callahan rounded out the top three at 467.6 points. 

In Junior Women’s 10m Air Pistol, Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) shot the highest women’s pistol final of the day with 97.9 points.  Paterson entered the junior final tied with the National Jr. Team’s Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.) and found her stride to finish first. Townsend was second at 465.1 points.  Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.), also a member of the National Jr. Team, was third with 460.2.

Day 1 & 2 results of the 2012 Winter Airgun Championships