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Quotas and a Packed Schedule the Story for USA Shooting Team in 2015

Quotas. Quotas. Quotas.

That’s both the story and goal as the USA Shooting Team eyes the upcoming 2015 season. The calen- dar is packed with 12 World Cups, a World Champion- ship, the Pan American Games and all the national competition and selections that go along with it. All en- ergy, effort and resources is being driven toward helping the USA Shooting Team earn as many Olympic and Para- lympic quotas as possible. USA Shooting will host

both an International Shoot- ing Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (May 11-19) as well as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup (November 1-9) in Fort Benning, Georgia. The summer will cul-

minate with USA Shooting hosting the Biennial Coach College and Conference along with the USA Shooting Hall of Fame induction and Alumni Reunion. The Coach College and Conference will take place August 20-29 with induction and reunion both taking place Saturday, August 29. The shotgun program will

look to repeat upon a truly historic 2014 campaign in which it earned 33 medals during international compe- tition. Seven country quotas remain available in 2015 after the team earned three quotas (Men’s & Women’s Skeet & Double Trap) this

Athletes selected to the season. There’s no real time to

rest on laurels either with three World Cups and a Spring Selection Match all to be sorted out before May. The top-two fi nishers in each of the season’s fi rst three World Cups including Aca- pulco, Mexico, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and Larnaca, Cyprus, will earn quota spots for their country.* November’s Fall Selec-

tion Match fi nalized the 15 athletes that will be in pur- suit of those quotas when the season begins down in Mexico on March 2. Pursu- ing the four quotas in Trap (two men/two women) will be Corey Cogdell-Unrein along with Jake Wallace, Collin Wietfeldt, Brian Bur- rows, Kimberley Bowers and Kayle Browning. The Men’s Skeet World

Cup fi eld will be led by the same three men who earned a team silver medal at the ISSF World Championship in Dustin Perry, Vincent Han- cock and Frank Thompson. The Women will be led by a strong trio as well in Kim

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Rhode, Morgan Craft and Caitlin Connor. The Double Trap trio of

World Cup competitors is U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) teammates Derek Haldeman, Glenn Eller and Jeff Holguin. With 18 remaining quo-

tas still to attain in Rifl e and Pistol, USA Shooting Team athletes have the biggest mountain to climb here. Quotas will be available in fi ve 2015 events, including four World Cups and the Pan American Games, where athletes will have to fi nish in top-two (smallbore) and top-three (air) during World Cups or either win or come in second at the Pan Ameri- can Games.* Smallbore athletes for

2015 events will be selected using the two early season selection matches and the 2015 USA Shooting National Championships. Airgun ath- letes will be selected using results from the 2014 Win- ter Airgun Championships as well as April’s Final Selection Match and the USA Shooting National Championships.

fi rst Rifl e/Pistol World Cup of the season in Changwon, South Korea include previ- ous World Cup winner Will Brown in Men’s Air Pistol, teen female sensations Lyd- ia Paterson (Women’s Air Pistol) and Sarah Osborn (Women’s Air Rifl e), and Army athletes James Hen- derson and Greg Markows- ki in Men’s Air Pistol, Dan Lowe in Men’s Air Rifl e and Courtney Anthony in Wom- en’s Pistol. For a complete listing of airgun nomina- tions, check out USA Shoot- ing’s website. USA Shooting’s Paralym-

pic athletes have three re- maining qualifi ers in 2015 to earn Paralympic quotas including Volmerange-Les- Mines, France, July 10-14, Sydney, Australia, Septem- ber 15-19, and at home in Fort Benning, Georgia. The team has already matched the number of participants it had in London with two af- ter successful performances by McKenna Dahl and Mike Tagliapietra at the 2014 International Paralympic Committee World Champi- onships.

*One (1) athlete can obtain only one (1) quota place for his/her NOC. If a quota place is achieved by an athlete who has already obtained a quota place in any other event, the quota place must be granted to the next highest ranked athlete in that event. The same rule applies when the NOC of an athlete has already obtained the maximum number of quota places in that event.

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