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USA’s Skeet Prowess on Display at 2017 Fall Selection Match

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (October 4, 2017)

The nation’s best skeet athletes have assembled at the Delta Resort and Spa outside Tillar, Arkansas as the 2017 Fall Selection Match for Shotgun continues with four final days of competition beginning Thursday.  

Trap competition concluded Tuesday with Ashley Carroll (Solvang, California) and Grayson Davey (Anchorage, Alaska) taking top honors. TRAP RECAP

Olympic qualification and country quota allocations officially get underway during next year’s World Championships, August 31-September 14.  Fall Selection is part one of a two-part qualification system established to select Shotgun World Team members and will feature 250 Qualification targets plus one final. The second stage of World Championship selection will take place at the 2018 Spring Selection Match, March 19-25 in Tucson, Arizona. Juniors will earn their World Championship selection during one match at next year’s Spring Selection.  

Performance at Fall Selection will also determine athlete participants for the season-opening 2018 World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 2-12.  

2018 SHOTGUN SELECTION PROCEDURES

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Dania Vizzi has her eyes on completing a pretty magical season which already includes a Spring Selection Match title, a U.S. title, and a World title.If you want to see a showcase of the world’s best female skeet shooters, there’s no other place to be than in Tillar this week. The U.S. skeet women solidified their top billing with a performance for the ages at the World Championships that included six medals, two individual and two team world titles, three world records and a junior podium sweep.  There’s simply no overstating the depth and skill in the women’s skeet ranks.  

Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) enters Fall Selection as the reigning World and National Champion. She became the first woman ever in skeet to win both a junior and open world title in her career and is one of just three women ever in the shotgun events to do so in International Shooting Sporting Federation history.   

Vizzi’s world title continues an impressive streak for the U.S. in women’s skeet as they now claim an historic three-straight world champions in the event by three different people, something no other country has done in a women’s shotgun event. Showcasing the American depth in the event, none of the world titles comes from arguably one of the greatest shooting sport athletes of all time in Kim Rhode (El Monte, California). 

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Rhode’s record of six straight Olympic medals speaks for itself and she’s shown no signs of slowing down in 2017 with two wins and a silver during World Cup action earlier this year to go along with a fourth-place finish after qualifying first at Worlds.  

Add Caitlin Connor (Winnfield, Louisiana), Haley Dunn (Eddyville, Iowa) and Amber English (Colorado Springs, Colorado), all World Cup medalists, and you have an elite field.  Now, sprinkle in a robust junior class that includes Katie Jacob (Rochester, Michigan),a Junior World Champion and a World Cup medalist as well, Austen Smith (Kellar, Texas), a Junior World Champs runner-up, Sam Simonton (Gainesville, Georgia), the Junior World Champs and Nationals bronze medalist, and Sydney Carson (North Liberty, Indiana), a two-time Junior World Champs finalist and 2015 Junior silver medalist.  It is safe to say that Women’s Skeet is in great hands for years to come and the competition that this group will create, can only make them better.      

In Men’s Skeet, three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Georgia) remains the man to beat as witnessed by him coming back off his long post-Olympic layoff to capture another national title earlier this summer.  He’ll be pushed by his two-time Olympic teammate and friend Frank Thompson (Alliance, Nebraska) as well as from other World Championship team members including U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) athletes Hayden Stewart (Columbia, Tennessee) and Christian Elliott (Greenwood, Indiana). Also, likely to contend could be Nationals bronze medalist and 15-year-old Alex Ahlin (Bamburg, South Carolina) as well as Kyle Johnson (Phoenix, Arizona), a fourth-place finisher at Nationals.  Other names to watch out for include USAMU competitors Phillip Jungman (Caldwell, Texas), Dustan Taylor (Staley, North Carolina) and Mark Staffen (Lewis Center, Ohio). 

The 2017 Fall Selection Match is taking place at the Delta Resort and Spa just outside Tillar.  They have previously hosted the 2014 Fall Selection Match and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials and concurrent Spring Selection Match. Located on 2,000 acres in the heart of Southeastern Arkansas, the Delta Resort and Spa was planned as one of the largest sporting clays resorts in America and continues to evolve into the go-to destination for both wing and clay shooters. The Shooting Sports Complex at Delta Resort & Spa offers multiple disciplines geared for both the professional and novice shooter. Equipped with the very latest state-of-the-art traps by Promatic®, Delta currently offers: One 12-stand Sporting Clays Course; 5-Stand Course with practice course; Five Olympic Bunker Trap Stations; four Skeet fields; and 10 ATA trap fields.  Check out Delta Resort and Spa on Facebook for some great coverage and photos of the event taking place. 

2017 Fall Selection Match Schedule

Thursday, October 5 – Skeet 75 Targets

Friday, October 6 – Skeet 50 Targets

Saturday, October 7 – Skeet 75 Targets

Sunday, October 8 -- Skeet 50 Targets + FINALS 

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