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USAS National Championships: Beard and Rawlings Top the Podium

FORT BENNING, Ga. (July 7, 2011)

Corporal Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is the new Men’s 10m Air Rifle National Champion. Rawlings fired the highest qualification of 1188 points to take a five-point lead on the competition. He fired 103.1 points in the final for a total of 1291.1 points. The silver medalist was Daniel Hermsmeier (Chesterfield, Mo.) with 1286.5 total points. Hermsmeier, a J1 Category shooter, shot 1183 match points and the highest final of 103.5 points. The bronze medalist was Jonathan Hall (Carrollton, Ga.) with 1183 match points and 102.1 points in the final for a total of 1285.1 points. Captain Christopher Abalo finished in fourth place with 1180 match points and 101.3 points in the final for 1281.3 total points. Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete Bryant Wallizer (Little Orleans, Md.) shot 1178 match points and 102.5 total points in the final for fifth place. Fellow Resident Athlete Matthew Wallace (Fairbanks, Alaska) shot 1179 match points and 101.1 points in the final for 1280.1 total points. Sergeant Hank Gray (Phenix City, Ala.) shot 1176 match points to tie Ethan Settlemires (Walnut, Miss.) and Samuel Muegge (Boling, Texas) for two spots in the final. Gray fired 52.1 shoot-off points and Settlemires fired 51.2 shoot-off points to advance to the final round. In the finals, Gray shot 101.8 points for a total of 1277.8 points and a seventh place finish. Settlemires shot 100.9 points for 1276.9 points to finish in eighth place.

In the Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position event, the new National Champion is Sarah Beard (Danville, Ind.) of Texas Christian University (TCU). Beard (pictured) entered the final in the second position with 1164 match points and overtook 2011 National Junior Olympic Champion Emily Holsopple (Wilcox, Pa.) of the University of Kentucky. Holsopple fired 1167 match points and 96.5 points in the final for the silver medal. Beard shot the highest final of 99.9 points for a total of 1263.9 points to win by four-tenths of a point. The bronze medalist was Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.) of Ohio State University with 1164 match points and 95.2 points in the final with 1259.2 total points. Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.) finished in fourth place with 1162 match points and 92.6 points in the final for a total of 1254.6 total points. Beard’s TCU teammate Sarah Scherer (Fort Worth, Texas) shot 1154 match points and 99.5 points in the final for a total of 1253.5 total points. The sixth place finisher was Sergeant First Class Rhonda Bright (Midland, Ga.) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shot 1152 match points and 97.1 points in the final for a total of 1249.1 total points. Resident Athlete Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.) shot 1151 match points with 97.9 points in the final for 1248.9 total points to finish in seventh place. Kirsten Weiss (Cornwall, Pa.) shot 1152 match points and 94.8 points in the final for 1246.8 total points and eighth place.

In the Junior Men’s 10m Air Rifle, Hermsmeier captured the Junior National Title with 1285.3 total points (1183+102.3). The silver medalist was Muegge with 1176 match points and 101.4 points in the final for a total of 1277.4 points. Thomas Kyanko (Wellsburg, W. Va.) was the bronze medalist with 1173 match points and 100.1 points in the final for a total of 1273.1 points.

In the Junior Women’s 50m Rifle Three Position, the podium winners were repeated with Beard as the National Junior Champion. She fired 1164 match points and another strong final of 101.9 points for 1265.9 points. The silver medalist was Holsopple with 1167 match points and 98.6 points in the final for a total of 1265.6 points. Furrer was the bronze medalist with 1164 match points and 97.7 points in the final for a total of 1261.7 points.

The competition wraps up tomorrow with finals in Men’s 50m Free Pistol and Women’s 25m Sport Pistol.

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