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Walter sits atop the nation in the 18U category after Olympic Qualifying event


Brianna Walter's historic season continues. The Tallulah Falls School senior over the weekend participated in a Women's Air Rifle Olympic Team qualifying event, which feature some of the top shooters in the nation.

Walter shot a 622.4 in the 60-shot standing match, which uses a decimal system down to the tenth of a point. The event featured several current and former Olympic team members. Walter came in 30th, a few spots ahead of 26-year-old Ginny Thrasher, a Gold Medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when she was 18. Walter's sister and college athlete Elysa Walter was 46th with a 617.9.

The following day, Walter shot a 60 Shot Standing PR of 1124 in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Facility. Both days combined gave her a total of 1246.4, which was good enough to win first in the Under 18 category and 20th place overall. She was only 0.4 points behind 19th place (a current Olympic Team athlete) and was 2.5 points better than another current Olympic Team member. That makes Walter the top High School 60 Shot Standing athlete in the nation, as even the top U18 shooter on the men's side was 1.6 points behind her. The last Team Qualifier is in March 2024 at Fort Moore (Ft Benning), GA.

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