On Feb. 2, the Volunteer team won the overall U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s 2018 Junior Air Rifle championship at Fort Benning, Ga., with team captain Jaden-Ann Fraser winning the individual shooter national championship. It was the team’s second national championship in three years.
The team came home from back-to-back meets last week in Illinois and Ohio with a national title and two individual national titles earned by Fraser, a rising junior.
Last week the squad defended its team and individual shooter national titles from February with wins in the NRA’s Junior Standing National Air Rifle Championships held June 17-19 at the Central Illinois Precision Shooting Club in Bloomington.
Volunteer took first place in the overall competition, with Fraser leading the team en route to another individual shooter national championship.
This was the third national title of Fraser’s career.
Maritsa Wolfe, a rising junior, also earned a career best second place individual shooter finish in the NRA competition.
Following the NRA meet, Volunteer’s NJROTC rifle team traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio, to shoot in the National Junior Olympic and CMP National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships June 21-23.
A total of 46 teams and 243 individual shooters took part in the Junior Olympic and CMP competition.
Volunteer earned an overall fourth place finish in the National Junior Olympic Championships and a third place finish in the CMP Nationals.
For its third place finish in the CMP Nationals, the squad also brought home $2,000.
Fraser again took a first place finish in the Junior Olympic Championships, her fourth career national title, and placed sixth in the CMP Nationals. That sixth place finish earned Fraser a $500 check.
Co-captain Nicole Carvagno, also a rising junior, earned a first place in the National Junior Olympic championship for Age Group 2.
The members who competed last week included Fraser, rising junior Hunter Drinnon, Carvagno, Wolfe, and rising junior Cassidy “Booch” Hawkins.