By Lars Dalseide | November 21 2010 15:03
MSNsportsNET.com highlighted the accomplishments of five-time National Rifle Association All-American Tommy Santelli :

Engineering the Perfect Season

NRA collegiate shooting on NRAblog MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The demands on a student-athlete are daunting. Between juggling classes, practices, tests and training sessions, free time is a novel concept and an organized planner is a golden commodity.

West Virginia University senior Tommy Santelli is all too familiar with this crazy lifestyle. A five-time National Rifle Association (NRA) All-American on the 14-time national champion rifle team, the Prosperity, Pa., has spent the last four years splitting his hours between the WVU Rifle Range and the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. After a few years of practice, Santelli finally feels comfortable balancing his daily demands.

“It’s always challenging, but it’s actually going better than my sophomore and junior years,” he explained. “I’m getting better at managing my practice and school time. I’ve learned to separate the two, so when I get to the range for practice, my time is more efficient and I’m less stressed about school.

“It’s still quite challenging. I would say the amount of work has gone down a bit, but the work’s level of difficulty has gone up significantly. Each year, it seems that the work gets more and more difficult.”

Luckily for Santelli, he has a firm grasp of understanding on the sport of shooting. An athlete at an early age, he broke onto the national scene in 2005, finishing as Junior Grand Champion at the USA Nationals and winning the Gold medal in junior men’s 3 position and prone. From there, he shot on the junior level at the 2006 International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship in Croatia, finishing ninth in 3 position.

Following a solid rookie season at WVU in which he was named an NRA smallbore second team All-American, Santelli fulfilled a personal dream the following year, navigating a rocky national championship match and playing a part in the team’s first NCAA title since 1998.

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