Women's Three-Position Rifle and Men's Prone Competitors Named for World Championship


Six more slots on the USA Shooting Team that will compete in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Granada, Spain  were awarded today at the Spring Selection Match for Rifle/Pistol in Fort Benning, Ga.

Competing in Women’s Three-Position Rifle will be 2012 Olympic teammates Sarah Scherer (Woburn, Mass.) and Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Wash.). Joining them will be fellow Rifle National Team member and 2014 ISSF World Cup USA fourth-place finisher Amy Sowash (Richmond, Ky.).

Scherer entered today’s third and final day of Qualification and Finals with a 14-point lead on Furrer, who was in second place. With a first-place finish in Thursday’s Final and second-place finishes yesterday and today, Scherer solidified her lead to finish in first place. Scherer most recently won a bronze medal in Women’s Three-Position Rifle at the ISSF World Cup on this same range in March.

Scherer competed in the Junior division at the last World Championship where she won a silver medal in Women’s Three-Position Rifle. She will also compete in the Air Rifle event at this World Championship.

Sowash, who tied with Furrer in Qualification with 582 points also won today’s Final. Entering today’s competition, she was tied for third place with Emily Quiner (Brooklyn Park, Minn.). Today’s points secured the third-place finish for Sowash.

Three-time Olympian Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) held on to his lead to win the Men’s Prone Rifle event. He will be joined on the World Championship team by 2012 Olympian Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wis./U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit) and David Higgins (San Clemente, Calif.), who will make his World Championship debut.

Emmons won a bronze medal in this event at the last World Championship in Munich, Germany in 2010. He won a gold medal in Men’s Prone at the World Championship in 2002 and bronze as a Junior in 1998.

All of the rifle and pistol athletes selected at this match will join the 15 shotgun athletes named to the team thus far at upcoming ISSF World Cup competition in Munich, Germany, Maribor, Slovenia, and most importantly, the World Championship in September.

Men’s Three-Position Rifle begins Tuesday with last shots fired Thursday.  Another 30 junior-level performers will be added to the team following final selection at the USA Shooting National Championships in Fort Benning, Ga. in late June.  The 90-person squad is easily the largest USA Shooting team assembled every four years. 

For complete results of USA Shooting’s Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match, click here:

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