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Summer 2011 In This Issue… Intercollegiate Pistol Championship… ………… 1 Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship… ………… 2 NCAA Rifle… …………… 3 2010 All-Americans… …… 4 ACUI Shotgun… ………… 5 Refuse To Be A Victim… … 6 Announcing the 2012 Championships…………… 6 Directory… ……………… 7 Volunteer Thank You!… …… 8 2011 Metric Championships… 8

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2011 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships By Kyle Jillson

The 2011 NRA Pistol Championships were held for the seventh consecutive year at Fort Benning, Georgia, March 15-19. Free Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol, Standard Pistol, Women’s Sport Pistol and Open Air Pistol championships make up this top event for collegiate pistol shooters around the country. A total of 100 shooters came to compete in the championships, representing 16 schools, with 14 eligible to compete for team championships.

Free Pistol as the Black Knights placed second, but the United States Military Academy took over after that and shot their way to victory in the Standard Pistol and Open Air Pistol championships. Ohio State was close in score, but ultimately ceded the team championship to USMA whose 6357 was the highest team aggregate this year.

Despite all the teams and individual shooters present, the 2011 championships were dominated by only a handful of people. The United States Naval Academy took first place 2011 NRA in both Women’s Air Pistol and Despite having top teams, neiINTERCOLLEGIATE Women’s Sport Pistol. Their shootther Ohio State nor the United States ers also captured Military Academy CHAMPIONSHIPS the individual had shooters win March 15-19 Ft. Benning, Georgia titles with Emily individual titles Meyer winning due to the imAir Pistol and pressive shooting Kirsten Asdal of Nick Mowrer. taking Sport PisA student at tol. By a signifiPike’s Peak Comcant margin, they munity College, won the 2011 Mowrer has the Women’s Team Aggregate with a 2712. opportunity to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The high When it came level of competition he is used to was evident as to competing for he swept the individual titles taking Free Pistol, the overall team Standard Pistol and the Open Air Pistol champichampionship, onships and posting a total aggregate of 1695. Ohio State and the United States Mili Although she did not win an individual title tary Academy bein either of the Women’s championships, Heather gan butting heads Deppe from the United States Military Academy for the team agshot steady and finished near the top of both gregate. The Ohio championships. Her consistency paid off in the Buckeyes started end as she captured the women’s individual agstrong by winning gregate with a total of 933.


2011 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships By Kyle Jillson

Coming off a strong inaugural year, the second annual NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships were hosted by Clemson University in Charleston, SC, Apr. 7-10. The Citadel graciously offered to be the official site of the championships and let the competitors make use of its facilities. Open to College Rifle Clubs, ROTC Teams

previous year, shot to the top of the first relay with a 2218, which stood throughout the rest of the day as no one from the other two relays was able to best their score. Although Penn State finished second, their combined 4326 convincingly won them the overall team aggregate. After the air rifle championships concluded, a large number of competitors stuck around to participate in a fun shoot held by NRA Board Member Dave Butz (former Washington Redskins football player) where shooters contended for a cash prize by running a short obstacle course and taking aim at various targets with air rifles. Aside from the competitions, the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships provided educational opportunities to those interested in the shooting sports but may not have as much experience shooting professional matches as non-club teams. H.Q. Moody from NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division and volunteer Mary Furr were on hand the last day of the championships to share their wealth of knowledge and walk the students through the proper procedures of a match and the best ways to approach each segment in order to become a better shooter.

and independent shooters, the NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships were created for shooters who currently have no national championship of their own. Fifteen schools and universities were represented at the championships this year, among which only West Virginia University was represented at both this event and the NCAA Rifle Championships during the previous month. Like the NCAA Rifle Championships, the NRA Club Championships are comprised of a smallbore three-position and air rifle championship. Penn State’s club team shot their way to the smallbore championship with a total score of 2142 on the first day as Clayton Peck from Michigan State University took the individual title with a 570. On the second day, Clayton Peck continued his dominant shooting and won the air rifle title with a 582, solidifying his top individual aggregate score of 1152. Host school Clemson, who was defending their air rifle title from the 2

2011 NCAA

Rifle Championships By Kyle Jillson

Columbus State University hosted this year’s 2011 NCAA Rifle Championships March 11-12 in Columbus, GA, with the assistance of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit from Fort Benning, GA. Forty competitors from the top eight schools in the regular season were selected to compete as well as eight individual competitors based on scores submitted in a designated qualifier. The championships are comprised of both individual and team competitions in smallbore three position and air rifle matches, with the overall champions determined through an aggregate of the two scores. The smallbore championship, held first at the USAMU’s Pool Complex in Fort Benning, came down to a close finish between the West Virginia University Mountaineers and the Kentucky Wildcats. West Virginia’s score of 2329 was edged out in both individual and team championships by Kentucky, with Ethan Settlemires’ 691 beating West Virginia’s Nicco Campriani’s 689 and the Wildcat’s team score of 2336, giving them a 7-point lead heading into air rifle. Determined to overtake Kentucky for their 15th national championship, West Virginia had an impressive 599 from Nicco Campriani, who went on to win the individual air rifle championship with a 701. The close race between perennial champion West Virginia and winless Kentucky intensified as the Mountaineers claimed the air rifle championship with a 2368, bringing their total team score to 4697. Under tremendous pressure, Kentucky’s Settlemires fired a 590 that was only enough for second in air rifle, but pushed the Wildcats

over the hump to bring them their first overall championship in school history with a total team score of 4700. “It really was a team effort,” said Kentucky’s Ethan Settlemires of their undefeated regular season and national title. Finishing runner-up four times and third-place four times since 1994, the Wildcats needed one small nudge to finally land themselves in the winner’s circle. “We had a lot of hard practice coming into this - five, six days a week on the range,” Settlemires said. Texas Christian University, the 2011 NCAA champion, shot well but was unable to pass West Virginia or Kentucky, finishing third overall with a team score of 4664.

Congratulations to the over 100 collegiate athletes who were awarded with NRA All American honors in 2011! For a complete list of all the award winners please visit:





Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships

By Chip Lohman

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) is the perennial host for this annual gathering of the best collegiate shotgun competitors in the nation. NRA is one of the principle sponsors. Since the tournament’s inception, ACUI has partnered with The National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas, home to the National Skeet Shooting and National Sporting Clays Associations. The 671-acre National Shooting Complex provides permanent store fronts for more than 30 vendors in support of 20+ outdoor events held annually, including the World Skeet and National Sporting Clays Championships. This year’s 43rd Collegiate Clay Target Championships saw a fifteen percent increase in the number of attending colleges including first-timers from Harvard, Clemson and Jacksonville Universities along with Hillsdale College, Mississippi College and the University of Vermont. Shooter participation was also up 30 percent from the previous year. Students from 49 colleges competed in one or more of the following six events: International skeet and trap, American skeet and trap, five-stand and sporting clays. Coach Hank Garvey brought the Harvard team to their inaugural appearance at this year’s championships. Coach Garvey is personally responsible for bringing Harvard, Har-

vard Law, MIT, North Eastern and Tufts’ new shooting teams into our sport. In international trap, the faster clay targets travel 78 yards versus 50 yards in American trap. Competitors in the international event also move to the next firing point after every shot, instead of firing 5-shots per position. In American trap, targets are thrown up to 17 degrees left or right of center, at a single elevation. In international, targets are thrown up to 45 degrees left or right and at differing elevations. And the international trap rules allow you to fire a second shot if needed for each of the 125 preliminary targets (75 targets for women), but only one shot per target in the “finals” round of 25 targets undertaken by the top six shooters. In American trap, men and women shoot the same number of targets. From NRA’s National Collegiate Manager, Tori Croft: “The NRA Collegiate & Schools Program is proud to be a sponsor of this growing event. The competitors and the coaches are a joy to work with and the camaraderie is truly infectious. I look forward to attending this exciting event in 2012!” For all scores and divisions, see


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Registration for the 2011 National Metric Championships are being taken now. The National Metric Smallbore Rifle Championship Program is accessed through the Competitive Shooting Division’s web site. The dates are as follows:

• Position – Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17 (Jul 15th is a practice day)


40 shots, and kneeling 40 shots). The Prone Championship is also a 120 shot event fired at 50 meters and 100 yards.


College shooters come and shoot the 2nd National Metric Position and Prone Championship planned to be conducted at the Wa-Ke-De Range, Bristol, IN. The 3-Position Championship will be held over a weekend and the Prone Championship on the following Monday and Tuesday. Special awards are available for the Collegiate Category.


2011 NRA National Metric Championship Competitors can register for the NRA National Metric Championship by calling 703267-1475. The Championship is limited to only 200 competitors for prone and 200 competitors for position competitors due to range capacity. Competitors will receive their squadding immediately upon registration and payment of entry fee; a confirmation will be sent confirming registration and squadding. The Jameson Inn, 3010 Brittany Court, Elkhart, IN 46514 (574-265-7222), is the host hotel with the same special rates for competitors who identify themselves as part of the National Metric Championship. There is RV and tent camping available on the range.

•Prone – Monday and Tuesday, July 18-19 (The afternoon Please contact the HQ Moody, NRA National Rifle of July 17th is a practice day) Manager (703-267-1475 or email: HMoody@NRAHQ.ORG), to register or should you have additional questions or com The course of fire is a two day Metric 3-Position Championship firing a 120 shot aggregate (prone 40 shots, standing ments.

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