We first took notice of West Virginia's Petra Zublasing back in March when she was leading the pack on day two of the NCAA Rifle Championships in Columbus, Georgia. Petra's fellow students at WVU probably first heard of her when she helped lead the Mountaineers to a second consecutive Great American Rifle Conference title in February. And the coaches at West Virginia, well, they've been following her shooting career over in Italy (her home country) for years. Wonder why? Well look at what she's been up to over the past few months.
In the past few months, Petra was named an NRA All-American, set a new Italian Smallbore 3-Position record during the 2011 World Cup, won a gold medal at the World University Games in China (again shooting for Italy) and earned an "Olympic quota" spot for London in 2012. For those of you who don't know, an Olympic quota spot is awarded to the athlete's country and not to the individual athlete. So just because Petra won the spot doesn't mean she'll be representing Italy next year ... but we're hoping.
Next season should prove to be especially challenging as last year's Mountaineer leader, Nicco Campriani, has gone through graduation. But if her performance last week at the World University Games (where she shot with Campriani) is any barometer, there should be little problem with her leading WVU into another dominating season in 2011-12.
“Petra is ridiculously competitive,” fifth-year coach Jon Hammond in an interview with MSNsportsNET.com. “Ultimately, she has to just shoot for herself, and her scores are always going to help the team.”