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Hoosier Shooter in Final Tryouts for U.S. Olympic Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Beard, Director-Central   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 08:58

The 2012 USA Shooting National Rifle and Pistol Championships were fired at Ft. Benning, GA from May 30 through June 11.  The matches also served as the selection for the final spot for the Women's 3X20 Rifle Team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.  The course of fire was three daily matches of twenty shots at 50 meters from each of the Prone, Standing, and Kneeling positions. Each day, the top eight shooters then fired a Final, consisting of ten shots standing, with each shot being scored to the nearest tenth of a point.

Sarah Beard of Danville was in the thick of the competition firing a 586, 581, and 582 in the three day match, with finals scores of 100.3, 100.0, and 100.7. With 47 of the country's women shooters on the line, Amanda Furrer, a three-year All-American from Ohio State, claimed the last remaining Olympic berth, with Sarah Scherer, Fort Worth, Texas and Sarah Beard close behind in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Final scores, consisting of all three courses of fire and the top two finals for each competitor were:

Amanda Furrer   1957.9

Sarah Scherer    1955.8

Sarah Beard       1950.0 (Pictured)

Amy Sowash     1948.9

Sandra Fong       1945.9

The two Sarahs are teammates on the Texas Christian University 2012 NCAA Champion Horned Frogs. All three women are close friends, having been teammates on the 2010 World Championship Junior Team that won the gold for the U.S., breaking the existing junior world record by 14 points. Scherer has already made the Olympic Team in the air rifle competition.  Sowash is a 4-year member of the U.S. National Team, and Fong was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

In an unusual twist, Beard actually bested Furrer in the three-day aggregate of the more difficult standing and kneeling totals, but could not overcome Furrer's near perfect performance in the prone position (200, 199, 200). Beard was also the only competitor to post a score of at least 100 in each of the three finals.

Prior to starting her senior year at TCU this fall, Beard has been hired by the Civilian Marksmanship Program to coach junior shooters at CMP shooting camps this summer.

Erin Lorenzen of Ft. Wayne, figured to be a factor in the Olympic Selection Match, having been named Most Outstanding Shooter in the 2010 NCAA Championships while leading Texas Christian University to its first ever NCAA title. Upon graduation, Erin joined the U.S. Army and after completing her basic and advanced soldier courses and training in her Military Occupational Specialty, she was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, GA. Her aspirations for the 2012 Olympic Team were cut short, however, when the newly assigned Specialist was "requested" to train with the Unit's High Power Rifle Team in preparation for the National High Power Championships at Camp Perry this summer. In the Army long enough to understand that an answer of "No" is not an option, Erin is enjoying her new sport and looking forward to the matches this summer.