Shooting Sports USA - July 2017 - 33
I visited two schools-WVU and the
University of Kentucky. I got a chance to
compare both of them. Both are brilliant
schools and it was a tough decision. But I
chose WVU and just felt pride."
Babic credits Coach Hammond as big reason
why she chose WVU over other universities.
"Jon is actually one of the biggest reasons
why I chose WVU. Because he is such a great
coach. He is really dedicated to the team.
He really makes us feel like he is our second
family. And for me that's really important
because I am half a world away from mine. My
real family and the family that I have here-I
care so much for them. There is nothing that I
wouldn't do for them and I know the feeling is
mutual and Jon is like a father to us."
It's hard work preparing for the NCAA
rifle championships, something that can
dominate an athletes mind if allowed.
Regarding the team's attitude Babic
remarked, "NCAA-we worked hard for
it-always about giving our best effort,
and being in the right mental state. There
wasn't a lot of pressure coming from the
team itself. But every single one of us felt
that little bit of pressure to represent our
school and continue the winning legacy. We
worked on our mental state the most, which
is important when it comes to shooting. You
have to try to get rid of all the distractions,
and just be in the match."
For air rifle, Babic uses the Walther
LG400 Electronic. For pellets she uses R10.
According to Babic, "They are the most
compatible with the LG400 that I have at
home and here." For smallbore she uses
a Bleiker, the same that teammates Ginny
Thrasher, Will Anti and J.P. Lucas shoot.
For ammo, she uses ELEY Tenex Red.
Following sophomore Ginny Thrasher's (right) sweep
in 2016, a WVU freshman shooter has claimed the last
two straight NCAA air rifle and smallbore titles.
Summing up her exemplary freshman year
with the Mountaineers, Babic said:
"This year is a good example of how great
the program is at WVU. That it doesn't matter
how long you have been here-everyone
works really hard to help you and it's not just
the coaches. It's just wonderful-Morgan and
I are roommates and we support each other
and in life and on the range."
Instead of rivalry between the two, these
roommates are each other's ultimate support
system. This is also a testament to how good
of a rifle program exists at WVU. You can look
at numbers and history, but what the players
have to say is most important.
Babic concluded, "I would say that because
in our team-the most important thing is the
team. It doesn't matter if someone shoots
very well or badly, we will be there for them.
To help them or cheer them on. Or just
celebrate with them." *
SSUSA.ORG | JULY 2017