Shooting Sports USA - July 2017 - 32
FEATURE | NCAA
AIR RIFLE CHAMPION
Milica Babic scored 208.1 during the
final to claim this year's NCAA air rifle
championship. She entered the final in
first place with a 598 relay score.
Babic said about her accomplishments,
"Hard work will always beat talent ... I
practiced a lot and still do and I am just trying
to get to my goal by working hard. I don't think
that anything is going to fall from the sky."
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Babic first began
shooting six years ago. She originally was focused
on a career as a tennis player. "I was supposed to
be the representative for one of the younger school
teams in tennis when I broke my leg. My family and
I went to Turkey to rehabilitate my leg that summer,
and one of the activities that we were doing each
day was shooting water balloons that were thrown
out at sea with an air gun. I was the best shooter
each day." The shooting bug had bitten her.
Eventually, Babic found a good local shooting
club-USCE Belgrade-thanks to one of her best
friends, Lana. "You can call it fate. Lana came to
school about two years prior. She told me it's
a really good club and that it would be nice to
have a friend there she already knew. And we
started competing against each other there.
I started beating her, so she kept shooting
pistol." Later on, Babic started competing at the
regional and national level-and kept winning.
Early in life she dreamt of coming to the U.S. to
study. "Since I was in kindergarten, I told my mom
that I wanted to study in the states." Babic fell in love
with WVU after visiting the college with her parents.
She met Coach Hammond and the rifle team. "I was
overwhelmed. It was more than I ever dreamed of,
and I committed right there and then.
Milica Babic became the second WVU rifle rookie in as many
days to win an individual title at NCAA this year.
JULY 2017 | SSUSA.ORG