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New and returning champions crowned at SASP Action College Nationals

2022 was a year for redemption and reaching for new heights at the SASP Action College Nationals. Held on a three-day schedule, the match was hosted at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park on March 11-13th. This year saw an increase in participation as colleges and universities began to better navigate travel and safety considerations since the disruption in 2020. The prestigious National Championship event saw both the return of previously absent teams and newly established shooting programs. 

In a sport of walking the edge of blazing speed with acceptable accuracy, collegiate athletes negotiated the courses of fire, working as a team to achieve the fastest times in team aggregate scoring. The vast majority of shooting sports measure athletes as individuals, whereas the Scholastic Action Shooting Program not only focuses on youth development, but also utilizes a team aspect seen in typical ball sports.

Youth shooting sports also provides a level playing field. The sport does not favor the strongest or tallest athlete, or even gender. In fact, females claimed the overall National Champion title in two shooting disciplines. 

Bethel University Team Captain and 2022 Ladies Rimfire Pistol National Champion, Annie Unsell

Just over one hundred athletes competed at the match, part of sixteen different teams from ten different states. Ready to give their best performances and fastest times, teams were eager to bring home the Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup and Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup traveling trophies. 2021’s championship saw a huge upset with Liberty University claiming both titles. Still feeling the sting from last year’s defeat, Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit was keen on reclaiming the pistol cup, to confirm their dedication to the centerfire pistol discipline.

Participating athletes more than doubled from last year’s match, signifying a rebound in both popularity of shooting sports and an easement of travel restrictions. Part of this rebound is the recently formed team from Arizona State University, the Sun Slingers. This and other new teams are joining long-established programs in providing opportunities for young adults to experience and excel at shooting sports. Some of these teams are simply club organizations, whereas others are fully-fledged shooting programs with scholarship opportunities.
As part of SASP’s mission of youth development through shooting sports is the expansion to Olympic-style disciplines. Just days following the Action National Championships, the SASP put on the 2022 Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals at multiple CMP venues. In support of both collegiate competitions were members of USA Shooting, introducing athletes of all disciplines to the sport of Olympic 25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol. 
Buddy DuVall, Chief Marketing Officer of USA Shooting, walks the Hillsdale College team through the Olympic Rapid Fire discipline
As the official youth-feeder program for USA Shooting, the SASP provides opportunities for athletes to achieve their olympic dreams. 

Over the three-days, well over 44,000 rounds were safely fired at the 2022 SASP Action College Nationals. Following Sunday morning’s flight of scheduled competition, scores were calculated, verified, and posted. During the afternoon’s award ceremony, squad awards and high overall honors for individuals were given. After numerous medals were received for various rifle and pistol disciplines, the Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup and Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup remained on the table.

First up was the Rifle Cup, awarded to the team with the fastest rifle squad time for any of the three rifle disciplines in SASP (iron sight rimfire, optic sights, and Pistol Caliber Carbine). Bringing the cup home to Wisconsin was Concordia University, edging out Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State University in the Optics Rifle discipline. Helping bring home the cup was Concordia’s Nathan Fingeroos, adding the High Overall National Champion to the list of accomplishments for the Falcons.

Concordia University are the National Champions and brought home the traveling Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup

Long seen as the mainstay of College Nationals is the Centerfire Pistol discipline, which has been a focus for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit. In fact, for five consecutive years, the Aggies have defended their title, each year bringing back the Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup home to College Station, TX. 2021’s championship saw the Aggies unseated, with Liberty University decidedly winning the title and taking physical possession of the trophy. This year, the Marksmanship Unit’s performance was enough to reclaim the familiar championship title. Breaking their reserved, regimented demeanor, if only for a second, the team walked up and happily received the honors of fastest team in the nation in centerfire pistol.

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit reclaims the pistol cup
With another Collegiate National Championship in the books, the SASP thanks its sponsors for their incredible support, including Founding Partner Sponsors, GLOCK and RUGER, along with Sustaining Partner Sponsor, Walker’s Hearing Protection.
Currently, thousands of junior-aged SASP athletes are training for state and regional level events, leading up to the Junior National Championship this summer. Each July, tens of thousands of junior athletes, coaches, parents, program sponsors, and more converge on the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH. Included in this massive event is the SASP’s sister program, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), where youth athletes compete in team-based clay target sports. Deemed as the largest competition in Cardinal Center history and the largest action shooting match in the world, Nationals is poised to break more records this July.

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SASP College Nationals

SASPWhat do you think of when you hear the word “Talladega”?  Of course, the SASP College National Championships.  This weekend SASP college teams from around the country converged on the CMP Range in Talladega, Alabama, to compete for bragging rights of being national champions.

Ed Fitzgerald, with SASP founding partner GLOCK and Tom Yost from silver sponsor SIG SAUER joined us for the match and were on the range with the athletes.  Thanks, Ed and Tom, for all of your help.

SASP 2SASP’s sponsor Larry Steeley from Steel Target Paint was on hand to assist and also sponsored the paint at the match.  Thank you, Larry.  Steel Target Paint is such a big supporter of the SASP, it has decided to help out SASP teams that want to purchase paint for their matches.  It has set up a great discount code that coaches can request from SASP staff.  One Shot Covers The Spot!

Thank you to the staff of the CMP Range for allowing us to use their beautiful range and for their staff and all their help.

We had great help from our Safety Officers; we appreciate your help and support.

This year’s champions are:
Centerfire Pistol

1st           Texas A&M Corps of Cadets A                    186.88

2nd          Texas A&M Corps of Cadets B                    199.31

3rd          West Point 1                                                   210.58

 

Centerfire Pistol – Open

1st           Bob Jones University 2                                 424.98

2nd          Florida State University Black                     431.61

3rd          Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Alternate      498.12

 

Rimfire Pistol

1st           University of Vermont B                              198.70

2nd          Michigan State University Green               199.28

3rd          Texas A&M Corps of Cadets A                    229.25

 

Rimfire Pistol – Open

1st           John Brown University                                  340.01

2nd          Bob Jones University 3                                 402.91

 

Rimfire Rifle – Optic

1st           University of Vermont B                              205.55

2nd          University of Vermont A                              217.50

 

Rimfire Rifle – Iron

1st           John Brown University                                  233.45

 

Rimfire Rifle – Iron – Open

1st           University of Vermont C                              368.92

 

High Overall Awards

Centerfire

Male – Kyle Post                                                           44.55

Female – Savannah Butters                                        60.60

 

Rimfire

Male – Tanner Pond                                                     40.95

Female – Cheyenne Richardson                                62.46

 

Rimfire Rifle

Male – Collin Villarn                                                     40.25

Female – Catherine Todd                                            51.71

Results are posted on the website www.sssfonline.org, click on “Results,” “SASP Shoot Results,” “Nationals,” “2017 College Nationals,” “Leaderboard” and you can choose what discipline and division you want to see.

 

Congratulations everyone!!

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