Hermsmeier Medals in Two USA Shooting National Championships
July 12, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Memphis sophomore marksman Dan Hermsmeier recently earned medals at both the USA Junior Men's 10m Air Rifle Championships (gold) and the USA Men's 10m Air Rifle National Championships (silver).
At the USA Junior Men's Championships, Hermsmeier claimed the Junior National Title by recording a total of 1,285.3 points (1,183+102.3). He earned national title honors by finishing 9.9 points ahead of eventual silver medalist Samuel Muegee of Jacksonville State.
The Chesterfield, Mo., native finished as nation's silver medalist in the men's division, firing a total of 1,286.5 points. Hermsmeier, a J1 category shooter, recorded 1183 match points and the competition's highest final score of 103.5 points. He finished only 4.6 points behind the 2011 Men's National Champion, Corporal Matt Rawlings of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
"All of my preparation and shooting throughout the summer at the World Cup in Ft. Benning, and the Hopes Match in Czech Republic helped me have a great performance at the National Championships," Hermsmeier stated. "I am very happy with my performance, and I am really looking forward to beginning the new shooting season in September and helping the team make it to the NCAA championships in March."
Hermsmeier is now spending the remainder of his summer competing for the USA Shooting Junior Men's Team, where he is rifling alongside USA teammates Ryan Anderson and Michael Liuzza, both of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The trio recently recorded a fifth place finish at Shooting Hopes in Plzen competition in the Czech Republic. At Shooting Hopes, Hermsmeier contributed 592 of the team's 1762 match points in the Junior Men's 50m Rifle Prone Position Championships. Of the six rounds he shot, Hermsmeier fired a perfect 100 points in three rounds to finish in twelfth place, individually.
"Competing in my first international match was a great experience, and it serves as the next step in my shooting career," Hermsmeier said. "Traveling and shooting overseas is the highest level of competition possible in the sport, and this will hopefully lead me to the Olympics someday."
Hermsmeier completed his freshman campaign at the U of M by being named to the second-team All-America smallbore squad, becoming the first Tiger rifleman since 2006 (Krissey Bahnsen) to earn All-America honors. Hermsmeier is currently the only Tiger in U of M history to be named a member of an All-America smallbore team.