A sharp shooting local gal has her sights set on Olympic gold.
After competing in the Texas State Qualifier in January, Lydia McGarva earned her invitation to compete in the Air Rifle Competition at the Junior Olympics. She shot her personal best of 382 out of a possible 400 and will be competing in the second round when they are held from April 2-20.
Attending college at the Texas Christian University and only a member of the team for the past year and a half, McGarva and three more from her women’s team qualified to compete.
At the Olympic level she will shoot 40 match records, with a possible score of 400, she looks forward to topping her personal best. “I’d really like to see myself break the 385 limit on both days of the Junior Olympic tournament,” she said. “If I could put in a 385 on both days I would feel very accomplished no matter what the placing ended up being.”
McGarva faces the daunting challenge and event with an inspiring amount of optimism. Her self possession shines through in her expectations. “I am more than capable of shooting that score and it’s just a matter of staying within myself during the match,” she said. “Reaching personal goals is more important than a final placing for me at this point; coming home with a medal would be amazing and I’m definitely going to work for that, but as long as I come home knowing that I shot my best and I accomplished my goal I’ll be more than pleased.”
As a preparation and a celebration of its own, she will also travel with her team to the NCAA air rifle National Championships on Friday, March 8. They won the title last year and McGarva said they were feeling really strong to defend it in 2013.