2017 Progressive-Position Pistol National Championships Concludes after Intense Dual-Venue Competition

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (August 7, 2017)

USA Shooting’s 2017 Progressive-Position Pistol National Championships have concluded after two days of intense competition during the dual-venue match.

Two centers of marksmanship prowess came together to host the combined USA Shooting National Championship for Progressive-Position Pistol (PPP), August 3-5.  The combined National Championship featured 120 participants, helping push registration numbers over 100 for the fifth year in a row.

The Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center and the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Air Rifle Range in Anniston, Alabama hosted the 2017 Progressive- Position Pistol National Championships. The two-site system was put in place in 2013 in hopes of helping drive registration numbers and make event travel easier and more attainable for kids and families participating.

For the second year in a row, Keli Manegdeg (Colorado Springs, Colorado, right) and Kyler Swisher (Jonestown, Pennsylvania, below) commanded the competition, winning the individual titles combined from both venues. Manegdeg finished with a strong Qualification score of 747, just one point above her male counterpart, outscoring Swisher by a point to his 746. Manegdeg entered the final 21 points ahead of second-place competitor Carolina Trombley (Lexington, Massachusetts, left), remaining impossible to catch with only a possible eight points to gain in the final. Swisher also was strong during the qualification matches, entering the final seven points ahead of second-place participant Luke Simon (Fargo, North Dakota). Despite Sigmon’s first-place finish in the final, Swisher would go on to claim his second individual title by two points after finishing sixth in the Final. 

Finishing in the third position behind Trombley was Carrie Haltiwanger (Little Mountain, South Carolina) with a score of 711, and finishing behind Sigmon was Zachary Miller (Sylacauga, Alabama) with a score of 742. Layney Burrow (Williamson, Georgia) won the Basic Supported division while Christina Diaz (Colorado Springs, Colorado) took home first place for Standing Supported.

In the team competition, PA State Team featuring SwisherSamuel Zeigler and Jennifer Hardison would take home the overall combined title with a 2140. Settling for second place after winning the 2016 team competition was the NTC Top Shots (ManegdegBryston McPhersonand Rebecca Platt) with a score of 2128.  The third-place team of RRRMC Gold (SigmonNick Dorscher and Jacob Kostecke) followed second by 20 points with a 2108. Team Longshot Clovers (Remington SmithWilliam Hobby, and Will Watson) won the Supported Position division, and Newberry Junior Pistol Club (Carrie HaltiwagerClarissa Haltiwager, and Taylor Martin) won Mixed Position.

2017 PPP National Championship Results

The PPP program, which began in 2008, creates an opportunity for youth to begin shooting pistol at an earlier age, with no minimum age requirement. PPP is designed to ‘progressively’ develop junior pistol athletes through the three categories as defined by the shooting position used by the competitor. They include basic supported; standing supported and international (one-handed) standing. PPP gives the junior athlete the opportunity to focus on and learn the foundational pistol skills with the opportunity to participate in competitions. This develops confidence, skills and knowledge at an early age.

USA Shooting would like to thank everyone who made the 2017 PPP National Championships a success, including both match sites as well as their staff, as well as the range officers and parents who made both matches possible.



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