Shooting Sports USA - July 2017 - 29
Morgan Phillips shooting
her Feinwerkbau 800
during the air rifle finals at
NCAA earlier this year.
est Virginia University (WVU)
freshman rifle shooters Morgan
Phillips and Milica Babic are
helping ensure the school's rifle legacy
stays in good hands. Phillips, winning the
NCAA smallbore championship, and Babic
the air rifle championship, prove that the
Mountaineers-who won a fifth straight
NCAA rifle championship (19th overall) with
a combined championship-record score of
4723 this year-can certainly count on these
two bright shooters to carry on the team's
success into the future.
Phillips finished second in air rifle behind
teammate Milica Babic with a 207.2 score.
The final two shots were tight between
the roommates, as each shot a 10.9 in
the second-to-last shot. The two standout
freshman rifle shooters talked to SSUSA
about their big year.
Few student-athletes have accomplished
what Morgan Phillips of Salisbury, MD, has
been able to in such a short period. Scoring a
career-high 589 score, Phillips won the 2017
NCAA smallbore rifle individual title.
Philips began shooting at age nine, shooting
BB guns at a local Boys and Girls Club. Her
dad, a 22 year Maryland State Trooper and
now a police chief introduced her to the
shooting sports. "My dad shot when he was in
high school. He didn't shoot in college. I was
in the same program he was when he was a
kid. It was really a bonding thing for both of
us. We would drive far away for matches-
there wasn't a lot of choices near where we
lived. Everything was a three hour drive away.
You can imagine how many hours we spent
traveling and then shooting together."
SSUSA.ORG | JULY 2017