Junior Women’s Trap Success Continues with Roditis Bronze

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 11, 2015)

Grit, perseverance and dedication all came together to help Ellie Roditis earn a World Championships bronze medal today in Lonato, Italy.Trap success among USA junior women continued today in a big way when Ellie Roditis earned a bronze medal on day one of the 2015 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Championship in Lonato, Italy. Not bad for someone making her international debut; even better when you consider that she had to beat a strong Italian foe on her home turf. 

Roditis’ performance helped push the U.S. to a Junior Team bronze medal as well, combining with Emily Hampson and Grace Hambuchen to earn the team accomplishment.  Earlier this year, Hampsonhad helped lead a junior trap contingent at the Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany to great success as well with Hampson earning individual gold followed by a silver medal by Cheyenne Waldrop (Forest Hill, California).  Those two combined with Sam Smith (Spring Hill, Tennessee) for a Team gold medal as well.

Hambuchen (Maumelle, Arkansas) earned an 11th-place position after firing a 61 while Hampson (Saint Charles, Missouri) was 15th with a 58.  Russia finished first, followed by Italy in second.   

Roditis (McKenzie, Tennessee) survived a shoot-off by connecting on one of two shots to advance to the six-person Finals.  She started out the semifinals missing two of her first three shots but then settled the nerves to miss just one additional target over her final 12 shots.  Missing a target on her second shot of a four-way shoot-off would force her to the bronze-medal match where she’d face Italy’s Maria Lucia Palmitessa.  Taking advantage of Palmitessa's poor start (three misses out of her first five targets), Roditis took an early lead only to see her Italian foe fight back after not connecting on three of four targets midway through her round of 15. Palmitessa’s one-point lead would vanish when she missed two of her last three targets and Roditis coming back with three consecutive hits to close out the round and earn a medal.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well in the open class as the U.S. was unable to secure the additional Olympic quota it was seeking in Women’s Trap.  Two-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Corey Cogdell-Unrein (Eagle River, Alaska) was the top finisher in 18th, finishing two targets away from a potential Finals spot.  Cogdell-Unrein was responsible for earning the lone quota after winning the season-opening World Cup event in Acapulco, Mexico. 

Kayle Browning (Wooster, Arkansas) finished 46th with 64 targets hit while Kimberley Bowers (Lafayette, California) was 52nd after a score of 63.  Browning had been close to earning the other Olympic quota available on four previous occasions.  If the other quota had been secured, Cogdell-Unrein would have automatically qualified for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team based on her performances throughout the year.  Now, she and the rest of the U.S. Trap women will be forced to battle it out for just one spot during a two-part Olympic Team Trials process that begins next month in Tucson, Arizona. 

The hopes of the U.S. men earning any Trap quota this quad took a perilous turn in the third round Friday after Jake Wallace (Castaic, California) shot a 21 after missing just one target through his first two rounds.  His three-round score of 70 ranks him 36th. Anthony Matarese (Pennsville, New Jersey) sits in 74th position with a 67 while Myles Walker (Elkhorn, Wisconsin) is ranked 102nd with a 65.

In the Junior Men’s competition, Logan Mountain (Palmdale, California) is ranked 15th after two rounds with a score of 45/50.  Ryne Barfield (Poulan, Georgia) and Dustin McGowen (Greenville, Arkansas) both hit 41 targets and are ranked 53rd and 54th.

The World Championships continue tomorrow with the conclusion of the Men's Trap event. 

More on Roditis . . .

A product of USA Shooting’s Certified Training Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Roditis’ rise in the sport is nothing short of remarkable and a testament to the dedication she’s exhibited and the believe she’s found in those around her including coaches and teammates.  Her first national competition came last summer at the 2014 National Junior Olympic Championships.  One year later, she’s a 2015 Junior World Championships bronze medalist.

Having competed for her local high school team for two years, Roditis came to the CTC-TN early in the spring of 2014. Faced with a 2.5 hour commute, all involved knew it was going to be a logistically challenging pursuit. 

According to her coach and USA Shooting Development Team coach Chad Whittenburg, there was nothing that was going to stop her from pursuing her dreams.  She made friends with other shooters and even non-shooting families in the Nashville area to help ease the burden of the long commute, often staying overnight with them after long training days.  That commitment paid off big time this summer after earning a silver medal at the National Junior Olympics and ultimately earning a spot on the World Championship team.   

“It's hard to put into words the excitement that we are feeling right now as we celebrate Ellie and the team's success,” Whittenburg said.  “After seeing her performances, the way she conducted herself, the buying into the mental aspect of the training & her perseverance to the training plans and to getting better, I had a very good feeling she was going to do well.  She has been a role model these past few months for our other CTC athletes and she’s an example as to what can happen when you want it bad enough and you're willing to make the sacrifice.” 

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