Top shooter in Women's Aggregate; third overall for NRA Intercollegiate Individual Aggregate
Columbus, Georgia - Although the University of Utah's Lexi Lagan shot the individual match of her career at the 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships, winning the Individual Women's Aggregate and placing third in the overall Individual Aggregate, she couldn't have been more humble in crediting her entire team in pushing her to succeed.
"Last year our team was really competitive, but we were missing that little extra nudge to make us contenders," Lagan said.
That all changed when Wyatt Brown joined the team. An accomplished member of the USA Shooting Junior National Team, Brown's skill and experience brought the extra oomph the Utes were looking for.
"When Wyatt joined our team it broadened my vision in the sport, giving me a step ahead," she explained. "Focusing on competing against Wyatt improved my skills against everyone else too. It really helped me step up my game."
There's an adage in sports that you need to play against the best to become the best, and Lagan's journey is a prime example. The University of Utah Pistol Team's competitive environment with one another forced each member to improve.
"It's really helped us out," Lagan said. "Gage Coates shot a personal best this year by 50 points and he's only been shooting and studying standard pistol for maybe six months. And our other new shooters are doing really really well too."
As for Lagan, she's only been shooting competitively for three years - since she first joined the team.
"I stumbled on competitive shooting by mistake," Lagan laughed. "When I joined the club one of the members told me 'oh we go up in the hills and shoot cans every once in a while.'" Thinking that sounded fun, she decided to try it out. "Little did I know that I'd be spending 12 hours a week on the range, practicing over and over. I sort of got fooled but it was definitely a good thing. I love it."
Unfortunately, Wyatt was unable to assist his team at this year's championships due to a wrist injury. But he and the rest of the Utes will be back next year looking to take home a team medal or two.
"We have a really strong team for next year and we're always adding new people," Lagan said. "We're keeping our fingers crossed and working really hard."
Having found the recipe for improving their game, the University of Utah's attitude will ultimately lead to success on the firing line. Good luck.