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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:59 pm 
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Fall Selection Match Begins Road to Tokyo for Rifle/Pistol Athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 16, 2017)
That 2020 vision building inside the minds of America’s top rifle and pistol athletes will get a little clearer as the Road to Tokyo officially begins Monday as the 2017 Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection Match gets underway in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The countdown reads 1,042 days until the XXXII Olympiad officially begins, but for as many as 80 competitors shooting for that ultimate target in Tokyo, the shots matter more starting Monday. USA Shooting’s Fall Selection Match for Smallbore (.22 caliber) and the non-Olympic 300-meter events helps determine 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships participants.

Olympic qualification and country quota allocations officially gets underway during next year’s World Championships, August 31-September 14. Fall Selection is part one of a two-part qualification system established for Three-Position Rifle, Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol and will feature two Qualification matches with one Final based on total aggregate score of the two qualification matches. The second stage of World Championship selection will take place at the 2018 Spring Selection Match, March 26-30 back in Fort Benning, Georgia. Juniors will earn their World Championship selection at the 2018 Junior Olympic Shooting Championships set for April in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Performance at Fall Selection will also determine athlete participants for the season-opening 2018 World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 2-12.

This will serve as the lone selection match for 300-meter events with athletes earning their potential World Championship bids based on total aggregate from two qualification matches with no Final.

2018 Rifle/Pistol Selection Procedures for World Championships, World Cups and CAT Games

The event marks the return to competition for four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey), who is back behind the gun for the first time since earning a pair of bronze medals at the World Cup Final in October 2016. Off the table, given changes to the Olympic program forcing the elimination of Men’s Prone Rifle, are the 22 medals, including two Olympic, he earned in that event. Now, he’ll have just one event to concentrate on, one in which he’s earned plenty of hardware too as 29-time medalist in Three-Position 50m Rifle.

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Three-Position Rifle National Champion and 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky


The reigning National Champion in Men’s Three-Position Rifle is Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia), a 2016 Olympian who moved to the Olympic Training Center in May after graduation from North Carolina State earlier this year. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit athletes George Norton (Salina, Kansas) and Michael McPhail (Darlington, Wisconsin) also finished on the podium with Kozeniesky at this summer’s National Championships. A two-time Olympian that has earned 15 medals in his career, McPhail is making the transition to life as a three-position rifle shooter as well. Other names to watch out for will include Dempster Christenson (Sioux Fall, South Dakota) and Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana).

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NCAA Smallbore Champion Morgan Phillips

The collegiate rifle season is just about to get underway and we’ll get a preview of things to come next week in Women’s Three-Position rifle as the powerhouse duo of West Virginia Mountaineers in Virginia Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia), the reigning Olympic gold medalist in Air Rifle, and Morgan Phillips (Salisbury, Maryland), the reigning NCAA Smallbore champion, get set to tangle with an elite NCAA crowd. That crowd includes reigning national champion and University of Kentucky junior standout Hannah Carr (Versailles, Kentucky) and Nationals bronze medalist and Murray State University junior Mackenzie Martin (Murray, Kentucky). Texas Christian University’s Ariana Grabowski (Beaver, Pennsylvania), Mindy Miles (Weatherford, Texas)and Elizabeth Marsh (Searcy, Arkansas) also will be looking to grab the headlines out of this match. Other names to watch out for will include Nationals runner-up and TCU assistant coach Hannah Black (Richmond, Virginia), OTC resident athlete Emily Holsopple (Wilcox, Pennsylvania), and NC State’s Lauren Phillips (Seabeck, Washington). Also, pay attention to the return of seven-time National Champion Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) to competitive action after having enlisted into the Army earlier this year.

The perennial front-runner in Rapid Fire Pistol is three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado). The margin widens even more now considering that Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Florida) is now preoccupied as the new head pistol coach at The Ohio State University. Alex Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Florida) is a good bet to be on the podium along with Sanderson.

Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) is relishing the opportunity she earned to live and train at the U.S. Olympic Complex following her graduation from the University of Utah with a physics degree. That focus training helped lead her to a national title in Sport Pistol earlier this summer and she’s primed for a big run at an Olympic Team spot for Tokyo.

“Tokyo is preparing for the 2020 Olympics right now,” said Lagan. “They are laying foundations for what is going to be an amazing event. Similarly, the foundations of my 2020 journey are being laid with every match I compete at. I will be ready for Tokyo, and the next step is this Fall Selection.”

Olympians Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Arizona) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) as well as 14-year pistol veteran Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York) will provide plenty of competition for Lagan.

In 300m, look for 2014 World Team members like Reya Kempley (Carson City, Nevada), Erin McNeil (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Fort Wayne, Indiana), Joe Hein (Mason, Michigan), Mark Gould (El Segundo, California) and McPhail to reestablish themselves in these long-range events.

2017 Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection Match Schedule

Monday, Sept. 18 –M/W 3P 50m Rifle Day 1 Qualification

Tuesday, Sept. 19 – M/W 3P 50m Rifle Day 2 Qualification + Final

Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Women ‘s Sport & Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol Day 1 Qualification; Mixed Team Air Rifle Test Event

Thursday, Sept. 21 – M/W 3P 300m Rifle Day 1; Women ‘s Sport & Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol Day 2 Qualification + Final

Friday, Sept. 22 – M/W 3P 300m Rifle Day 2; Mixed Team Air Pistol

Saturday, Sept. 23 – M/W 300m Prone Rifle Day 1; Men’s 300m Standard Rifle Day 1

Sunday, Sept. 24 – M/W 300m Prone Rifle Day 2; Men’s 300m Standard Rifle Day 2


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:17 am 
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I guess we are back to the old boys club days of secret selection matches that are only advertised to the select chosen few. Even today on the USA Shooting web site, the competition calendar doesn't have this major match listed.

http://www.usashooting.org/library/Comp ... lendar.pdf

USA Shooting 2017 Competitions/Events

EVENT NAME EVENT DATES EVENT LOCATION
The Robert Mitchell Rifle Championships February 6-12, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Rifle & Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships April 7-25, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Shotgun Spring Selection May 22-27, 2017 Ft. Benning, GA
Shotgun National Junior Olympic Championships June 11-16, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Rifle & Pistol National Championships June 25-July 2, 2017 Ft. Benning, GA
Shotgun National Championships July 8-17, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
PPP Nationals August 3–5, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Shotgun Fall Selection September 29-October 8, 2017 Tillar, AR
Winter Air Gun December 1-3, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:24 am 
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Its online under the event calendar
https://usashooting.sport80.com/widget/events

also on the bottom of that flyer

Schedule subject to change
Detailed schedules will be published online under Events then Match Information when
available.
Updated 10/20/2016


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:39 pm 
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Christopher Miceli wrote:
Its online under the event calendar
https://usashooting.sport80.com/widget/events

also on the bottom of that flyer

Schedule subject to change
Detailed schedules will be published online under Events then Match Information when
available.
Updated 10/20/2016

First off, it is not a flyer - it is clearly stated to be "2017 Event Calendar" the official calendar of USA Shooting major events for the year, located on the main USA Shooting web site under "Events" then "Match Information", right where it states detailed schedules would be published: http://www.usashooting.org/7-events/match-information

As you quoted, "Detailed schedules will be published online under Events then Match Information". That is where the totally out of date and inaccurate calendar I posted is located. It is where most people accessing the web site would look.

The information you provided is not there, it is located under "Find a Match", which passes you off to a hosted site where it is buried in with all the local matches across the country.

I don't consider burying notice of selection matches for major international competitions off on a hosted site adequate, after stating on their main site that notices would be published under Events then Match Information. You apparently do.

I expect better.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:53 pm 
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I guess you're not in the club?


Last edited by Christopher Miceli on Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:56 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:53 pm 
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I guess coming over from NRA events im used to digging for matches. Then again USAshooting is 20 years ahead of the NRA with advertising events.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:35 am 
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dschaller wrote:
I guess we are back to the old boys club days of secret selection matches that are only advertised to the select chosen few. Even today on the USA Shooting web site, the competition calendar doesn't have this major match listed.

http://www.usashooting.org/library/Comp ... lendar.pdf

USA Shooting 2017 Competitions/Events

EVENT NAME EVENT DATES EVENT LOCATION
The Robert Mitchell Rifle Championships February 6-12, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Rifle & Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships April 7-25, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Shotgun Spring Selection May 22-27, 2017 Ft. Benning, GA
Shotgun National Junior Olympic Championships June 11-16, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Rifle & Pistol National Championships June 25-July 2, 2017 Ft. Benning, GA
Shotgun National Championships July 8-17, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
PPP Nationals August 3–5, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO
Shotgun Fall Selection September 29-October 8, 2017 Tillar, AR
Winter Air Gun December 1-3, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO



We found it pretty easy when we were searching the online calendar of events.... online calendar is the 21st Century! :-)

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