VMI trap and skeet shooter makes school history

POSTED: 10:28 AM EDT Jun 27, 2013    UPDATED: 12:00 AM EDT Jun 27, 2013 
LEXINGTON, Va. -

She conquered one hurdle when she decided to go to a school where most of her classmates are men. Now, this Virginia Military Institute senior jumped another hurdle.

For the past five years Virginia Military Institute's Trap and Skeet team has been a boys club. But this year, one of the top shots has her own style.

"The guys just roll up there and I'm shooting. These guys are like, 'Why are you wearing pearls?" Trap Shooter Afton Bricker said.

Afton Bricker is the first woman to join the team.
"I'm the first girl. I thought, 'How are they going to accept me? Are they going to be okay with me joining? Am I going to do poorly?' But, I just tossed it to the side and went for it," Bricker said.

Afton says the hardest part of the whole process is knowing your lead. Her teammates say she keeps up with the guys.

"We both grew together so that was pretty cool to see. I'm more concerned with how people shoot rather than their gender," Teammate Ky Schmidt said.

Bricker's story is one of inspiration for women across all platforms. She says no matter what gender you may be, just go for the gold.

"The real message would be do what you love to do, don't worry about the rest. If you're a female and if you want to go out for something do it," Bricker said.
After graduating from VMI next year, Bricker will join the army where she will try out for their marksmanship team.