Waukegan High grad is one of nation’s best air-rifle shooters
News-sun staff report December 12, 2013 4:16PM
Meredith Carpentier focuses on the target as she competes in an air-rifle competition. The Waukegan High grad is a star in the sport for the Air Force. | PHOTO COURTESY OF AFA
Updated: January 14, 2014 12:15PM
If you think about it, Meredith Carpentier is exactly the kind of person you want piloting a U.S. Air Force plane in a time of crisis.
She has the steady hand, eagle eye, and nerves of steal you want in that position. So, it makes total sense that while she is majoring in biology at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, she also hopes to enter pilot training.
Meanwhile, her extracurricular activity at the AFA is as a member of the school’s rifle-shooting team.
The 2011 graduate of Waukegan High School was an expert shooter as a prep, and now she’s an expert shooter as a collegian.
Recently, at the USA Shooting-sanctioned Winter Airgun Championships in Colorado Springs, Carpentier claimed three gold medals and two bronze medals during the three-day competition. In the Women’s Open Division, Carpentier was the No. 1 shooter in the country with the highest collegiate score of 1,239.
She also earned two gold medals and a bronze in the Junior Division, along with her gold and bronze in the Women’s Open Division.
At this shooting event, there were marksmen of all ages, with some shooters representing colleges and others much older and experienced. There also were competitors who were still in high school.
Carpentier earned her two gold medals in Women’s Juniors by posting the top score in consecutive days of shooting. On the day, she had the third-best scored and earned a bronze medal.
Carpentier also scored the overall highest collegiate score in the 10m women’s open championships with a total of 1.239 points. In the last match of the three-day women’s open competition, Carpentier, with a score of 413.3 advanced to the finals and shot a 207.3. Her previous match scores were a 413.7 and 412, which she also fired on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Saturday’s finals score of 185.3 put her in second place in that competition.
She began shooting her freshman year at Waukegan High under coach David Schrank.
Because of her great shooting at this event, Carpentier will be on Team USA’s women’s air-rifle team for the 2014 Bavarian Airgun Championships which are held in Europe, and also on Team USA for the 2014 World Cup USA event in Georgia.