The United States Naval Academy and Pikes Peak Community College’s Nick Mowrer took top honors last week at the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Match at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The annual championship, hosted March 13-17 by the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, determined the national individual and team champions in NRA Intercollegiate Pistol competition. Championships were shot in Free Pistol, Standard Pistol, Open Air Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol.

Mowrer, a senior at Pikes Peak Community College, took the Individual Aggregate, shooting a 1700 of 1800 and placing first in Free Pistol, Standard Pistol and Open Air Pistol.

“It feels great to win,” said Mowrer, a Team USA hopeful for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “I’ve worked very hard and it all pays off in the end.”

The United States Naval Academy were recipients of both the Team Aggregate and Women’s Team Aggregate awards, shooting a 6325 of 7200 and 2718 of 3000 respectively. The Midshipmen won all but one of the team championships, taking first in Free Pistol, Open Air Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol.

“We have a very supportive team,” said Navy shooter Emily Meyer. “I try to just have fun during the match.” Meyer placed first in the Women’s Individual Aggregate and won the Women’s Air Pistol Championship.

In order to qualify for NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, shooters must participate in the annual NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Sectionals, held throughout the United States between January and February each year. Additionally, a shooter must be a regularly-enrolled undergraduate student who complies with the eligibility rules of his or her institution.

Tori Croft, National Manager of the NRA Collegiate & Schools Program said of this year’s championships, “We’re very grateful for the help and support the Army Marksmanship Unit provides. Their Olympic-style complex is the ideal venue for our shooters to compete.”

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