USAS Announces International Marksmanship Center, Inc. as a CTC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 13, 2012)
USA Shooting (USAS) is pleased to announce that the International Marksmanship Center, Inc. (IMCI), as a USAS Certified Training Center. IMCI, located in New Jersey, recently held the 2012 New Jersey Junior Olympic Air Pistol Championships. The match boasted 11 competitors and was a qualifying match for the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in April. The top three finishers were awarded USA Shooting state medallions. Mike Soklaski (Ringoes, N.J.) was the gold medalist with 530.5 points. Soklaski’s score and medal have earned him the opportunity to compete at the NJOSC for the title of National Champion. The overall second place finisher was Jeffrey Wang (Woodbury, N.Y.) with 524.4 total points. Wang was ineligible to win a state medallion, but is considered the automatic at-large winner. Juna Pena Velasquez of Plainboro, N.J., won the silver medal and the title of runner-up New Jersey State Resident Champion with 497.2 total points. Will Marshall (Princeton, N.J.) shot 485.3 total points for the bronze medal.
In conjunction with the New Jersey Junior Olympic Air Pistol Championships, IMCI hosted a Progressive Position Pistol (PPP) match for younger shooters not eligible for NJOSC competition. In International Standing, Natasha Fidler, an 11-year-old from East Windsor, N.J., won the gold medal and Lance Lienhard, a 9-year-old also from East Windsor, brought home the silver medal. In Basic Supported, Matthew Redpath of Metuchen, N.J., won the top honors.
Merely four months in training “our juniors have shown significant accomplishment,” said Joe Sundra, a junior shooter’s coach who also coaches the Princeton University Rifle team.
Joe adds, “We are pleased that we have been given this opportunity to host the New Jersey State Junior Olympic Air Pistol Championship. Our juniors trained hard and they came to practice even during their holiday break to prepare for this event.”
USA Shooting’s Youth Program and Athlete Development Manager Michael Theimer said, “IMCI will be USAS’s first Olympic pistol CTC. Head Coach and manager Belit Perez has been an essential force in the CTC application process and has made things happen in a relatively short period of time." Norm Glitz, Mike Westock, Joe Sundra, Ray Dudzinski and Mike Gombola have also helped spearhead the effort to make IMCI a CTC. Theimer continued with, "Their enthusiasm and dedication to the Olympic pistol shooting sports will certainly produce future Olympians. We are looking forward to working with the IMCI coaches and their future pistol Olympians.”