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Rhode & Hancock are National Skeet Champions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 26, 2011)

The final day of the USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun brought high scores and dramatic finals. In the Men’s Skeet final, Sergeant Vincent Hancock of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (Eatonton, Ga.) won his third straight National title. With a match score of 247 of 250 match targets, Hancock only dropped one target for a final of 24 out of 25 targets. He claimed the gold medal with a total of 271 targets. The silver medalist was Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.). Thompson shot 240 qualification targets and was the only competitor to shoot a straight 25 target final. Thompson shot his way up to 265 targets after the final to tie fellow Resident Athlete Sean McLelland (Harlingen, Texas). Thompson beat McLelland after 14 targets in the shoot-off. McLelland finished with 242 match targets and 23 in the final for a total of 265 + 13 targets and a spot on the National Shotgun team. Jon Michael McGrath (Tulsa, Okla.) finished in fourth place with 240 out of 250 targets and 22 targets in the final for a total of 262 targets. BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas) finished in fifth place with 237 match targets and 24 targets in the final. TJ Bayer (College Station, Texas) shot 260 total targets ( 237+23) for sixth place.

In Women’s Skeet, Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) won her second National Championship title for Women’s Skeet. Rhode (pictured), who is already nominated to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s Skeet, proved that she is on top of her game with 241 match targets and 24 targets in the final for a total of 265 targets and the gold medal. Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) may only be 17 years old, but she proved that she’s ready for the National Team with an outstanding performance at this year’s Nationals. Drozd finished with 241 match targets and 22 targets in the final for the silver medal. The bronze medalist was Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, La.). Connor shot 235 match targets and 25 targets in the final for 260 total targets. Teammate Jaiden Grinnell (Port Angeles, Wash.) shot 233 match targets and 25 targets in the final to finish in fourth place. Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished in fifth place with 226 match targets and 23 targets in the final for 249 total targets. Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Ia.) shot 225 match targets and 23 targets in the final to finish in sixth place.

In the Men’s Skeet J1 Category, top honors belong to McGrath with 240 targets and 25 targets in the final for a total of 265 targets. Bayer was the silver medalist with 237 targets and 25 targets in the final for 262 total targets. Adam Ozier of Franklin, Tenn., shot 235 out of 250 match targets and 24 targets in the final for the bronze medal. Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas) shot 236 targets and 21 targets in the final for 257 total targets and fourth place. Granger DeWitt (Bryan, Texas) shot 233 match targets and 23 targets in the final for 256 total targets. Tied with Thomas Coggins (Bogart, Ga.) at 256 targets, DeWitt won the shoot-off with a total of two targets. Coggins finished in sixth place with 232 match targets and 24 targets in the final.

The J1 Women’s Skeet Champion was Drozd with 241 match targets and 23 targets in the final for 264 targets. The silver medalist was Grinnell with 233 match targets and 23 targets in the final for a total of 256 targets. Morgan Craft (Hughesville, Pa.) was the bronze medalist with 218 targets and 20 targets in the final for a total of 238 targets. Dania Vizzi of Odessa, Fla., shot 199 match targets and 19 targets in the final for 218 total targets. The fifth place finisher was Emily Cates (Centennial, Colo.) with 184 match targets and 13 targets in the final. Riley Moody (Owasso, Okla.) finished in sixth place with 177 match targets and 17 targets in the final for 194 targets.

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