Michael Matthews
Michael Matthews

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Johns Creek, Ga.

High School:
Norcross

Height:
5-9



ABOUT MATTHEWS

  • Three-time NCAA Participant (2011, 2012 and 2013)
  • Runner-up in Smallbore at 2012 NCAA Championships
  • Two-time NRA Smallbore All-American Second Team 2012, First Team 2013
  • Competed at 2012 Olympic Trials
  • 2012 National Junior Prone Champion; Finalist for Olympic Team
  • Member of National Junior Team
  • Five-Time All-GARC Selection SB - 1st team 2013, 2nd team 2012 AR - Honorable mention 2013 Combined - 2nd team 2013, Honorable mention 2012
  • 2012 Gold Medalist in Men's 50m Smallbore Three-Position at National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships
  • 2011 NJOS All-Star in Air Rifle
  • Three-year letterwinner
  • 2012-13: Army's top shooter in smallbore ... medalist in five meets and second twice ... team-high 589 recorded in triangular sweep of Jacksonville State and Ole Miss tied career mark ... second highest score of season, 588, recorded in season-opener against No. 1 ranked West Virginia ... posted a 585 at NCAA Qualifier ... among leaders in air rifle as career-best 592 was one point off team high ... fired that score twice, first against Memphis and in a triangular sweep of The Citadel and North Carolina State ... second highest mark of 589 posted against Murray State and Navy ... swept both disciplines twice ... first meet was against Memphis during the fall followed by triangular at The Citadel in January ... member of Army's record-tying air rifle unit that combined for a 2357 ... contributed 587. 2011-12: Capped the season placing runner-up in smallbore at the NCAA Championships ... authored career high 589 to place second in the relay scoring at the NCAAs after being nipped on center shots as both shooters posted the same score ... fired a 99.6 in the individual finals to place second after being outshot 688.6-687.6 ... earned NRA All-America certificate as second-team selection in smallbore ... previous high in smallbore was a 585 set in a second-place finish in triangular with TCU and Murray State .... qualified for shoot-off (top eight) in smallbore at the GARC Championships ... bested three others for the final eighth spot after tying with a 579 ... posted second highest score (101.6) in the finals to finish fifth ... season-high 586 in air rifle recorded in third-place finish over Navy ... placed fourth in the collegiate competition at the Olympic Trials and 16th in the Open Division with a combined score of 1173 (584-589) in December ... in April captured Men's 50m Smallbore Three-Position at National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) to earn spot on National Junior Team ... two months later crowned National Junior Prone champion ... posted 2311 to trail winning mark by four points, then outpointed the leader 3089.0-3087.9 for the eighth spot among nine finalists on US Olympic Team in Men's 50m Rifle Three Position competition.

    2010-11: Ranked among Army's top shooters in both disciplines ... made presence felt immediately ... captured medalist honors in air rifle (587) and tied for runner-up honors in smallbore (577) against Nebraska in second match of season ... turned in Army's top air rifle score of 584 that ranked third in GARC match against Ole Miss ... posted season-best 588 in that discipline against defending GARC champion and No. 1 West Virginia ... recorded Army's top air rifle score (586) in second-place finish against Ohio State ... was the Black Knights' high shooter (587) in that discipline at the NRA Sectionals ... recorded career-high 589 that was a point behind the winner in final regular-season match against USP in NCAA Qualifier ... mark tied for third-highest Black Knight air rifle score of the season ... recorded a 581 at GARC Championships that listed 26th ... posted season-best 582 in smallbore in second-place finish against Ole Miss ... recorded a 578 as part of Army's smallbore scoring unit in win over Navy ... fired a 573 mark in smallbore at the GARC Championships that listed 22nd en route to finishing 20th in the aggregate scoring with an 1154 ... one of two freshmen and three underclassmen selected to compete on the Army team at the NCAA Championships ... posted Army's top score in air rifle (577) in first appearance ... one of three Black Knights to compete at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships ... was runner-up in air rifle and named an all-star in air rifle along with earning a spot on the National Junior Rifle Team.

    Prior to West Point: Member of the Spalding County Shooters in Griffin, Ga., for several years ... competed twice at the National Junior Olympics ... earned a pair of letters as a pitcher on the baseball team at Norcross H.S. before turning attention to rifle.

    Personal: Given name is Michael Anthony Matthews ... parents are Chris and Mary Matthews ... has three siblings, Jacob, Andrew and Luke ... brother Jacob is a pitcher on the baseball team at Mercer University ... enjoys fishing, hunting, rafting and swimming in his spare time ... majoring in Arabic and Russian.

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