Shooters Lead the Medal Count with Eight

GUADALAJARA, Mex. (October 18, 2011)

daryl and sergeyNow competing at the Jalisco Hunting Club in Guadalajara, the Americans have continued to add hardware from each event.  In Men’s 50m Free Pistol, Sergeant First Class Daryl Szarenski (Seale, Ala.) of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program entered the final in third place with 548 qualification points.  Teammate Nick Mowrer (Butte, Mont.) was just three points behind with 545 points in the fourth position.  Szarenski nearly overcame an 11 point gap from Guatemala’s Sergio Sanchez with 92 points in the final.  He finished with 640 total points for the silver medal and his second medal of the Pan American Games.  “It was a struggle today, but I’m glad to have won a silver medal for the USA,” said Szarenski.  “The Pan American Games have been excellent,” he continued, “I’m very impressed with the entire experience—opening ceremony, village and ranges—they are on par with the Olympics.”  Sanchez won the gold medal with 648.9 total points and the bronze medal was awarded to Julio Almeida from Brazil with 639.9 total points.  The USA’s Mowrer finished in sixth overall with 89.4 points in the final for 634.4 total points.

TrapThe Women’s Trap athletes packed a one-two punch for the podium.  Kayle Browning (Wooster, Ark.) led the way into the final with 68 targets for a new Pan American record.  Teammate Miranda Wilder (Diana, Texas) was three targets behind in the second position with 65 targets.  With only four shooters remaining, the flash targets began acting up and breaking.  “I knew what target I was going to get—the hard right off of four that I missed the first time around—I just concentrated on breaking the bird,” said Wilder as she recalls waiting for her turn after the interruption.  Wilder buckled down and shot 21 targets in the final for the gold medal for 87 total targets and a new Pan American total record.  Browning fired 17 targets in the final for 85 total targets and the bronze medal and gained valuable international experience: “I learned that I can’t rush through shooting, I have to take my time just like every other match.”  The silver medalist was Lindsay Boddez of Canada with 65 match targets and 21 targets in the final for 86 total targets.  The shooting athletes continue to shine by winning a medal in every event thus far and leading the medal count with eight total medals.  Tomorrow’s action continues with Men’s Trap, Men’s 50m Rifle Prone and Women’s 25m Sport Pistol.  

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