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It’s really a shame that Tim Sherry can’t


collect frequent flyer miles (it’s not allowed for NCAA athletes) – seems he’s always on the move. Take for example the week of NCAA Ri-


fle Championships, in which Sherry (High- lands Ranch, Colo.) won the Individual Smallbore title and his Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks placed second overall. On March 10, he caught a red-eye flight from Alaska and didn’t actually get to the host city of Murray, Ky. until March 12. He left Ken- tucky on the 16th and arrived in Alaska back on the 17th. Just three days later (be- cause he wasn’t going to try and fit in a spring break trip – he needed to stay back and get some school work done), he was back on a plane to Fort Benning, Ga. to shoot World Cup USA. And this schedule isn’t too far off a


“normal” week for the college sophomore and newly-crowned National Junior Olym- pic Shooting Championships Men’s Air Rifle champion.


Tell us about winning the Smallbore title at the NCAA Rifle Champion- ships this year. I had a feeling that I could make the Fi-


nal in both guns if I shot the way I should. I was preparing a little for that but defi- nitely didn’t put a whole lot of preparation into the Finals and that’s probably where some of the nervousness came in the Fi- nals. This year for the individual Finals, (NCAA) switched to the new ISSF rules and everybody starts at zero once they make it. I’ve been training that ever since it got announced over a year ago and now that everything is riding on those Finals, the whole match comes down to that.


How do you strike a balance between your life as an athlete and a full-time student? It’s pretty difficult. You’ve got two really


big matches not that far apart from each other, and there’s so much work and focus that goes into championships that a lot of people take time off right after NCAAs, in- stead I took a day off and the next day I was back in the range and I’ll be in there the next few days.


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