2018 Gary Anderson Invitational Air Rifle Event – The Ladies Win!
The firing line belonged to the girls during the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2018 Gary Anderson Invitational air rifle event. They secured all of the podium spots in both the precision and sporter classes at this annual event!
They also represented seven of the eight finalists in the sporter class and maintained four finalist spots in the precision match before representing seven of the eight winning marksmen in the team event. Wow!
In our photograph above, we see the ladies from the Demmer Center Jr. Shooters team. They collected GAI Achievement Awards for firing scores within the top 40% of all competitors. The Demmer Center Jr. Shooters team took second place overall in the precision match and a Demmer member also took second in the individual matchup.
A total of 363 junior athletes from around the country visited the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio and the CMP South Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to compete in the 2018 Gary Anderson Invitational match. The 3×20 aggregate air rifle event allows competitors to go “shoulder-to-shoulder,” even while miles apart, by combining scores from both locations to determine overall winners.
In the precision individual match, Katrina Demerle, 14, of the Fairfield Sportsmen’s Association in Ohio, fired an aggregate score (3×20 plus Final) of 690.1 to claim the overall win. Following in second was Natalie Perrin, 16, of the Demmer Center Jr. Shooters from Michigan, with a score of 688.1. Emily Buck, 13, of the Shelby County Shooting Sports Association (SCSSA) from in Alabama, rounded out the Top 3, with her score of 685.1.
All Top 3 athletes in the sporter class also posted outstanding scores, with Nicole Carvagno, 16, of Volunteer High School in Tennessee, snatching the overall win with a score of 649.9. Trailing just behind Carvagno in second was Bailey Hoenig, 17, of Zion Benton High School in Illinois, with 648.4. Jaden-Ann Fraser, 16, also of Volunteer High School, earned the third place position with a score of 646.3.
A team competition was held concurrently during the 2018 Gary Anderson Invitational event, combining the individual scores of a four-person team. Additionally, teams were ranked as either Scholastic or Club, based on affiliation.
SCSSA 1 led the field of over 50 precision teams in the competition. Members Emily Buck, Maggie and Claire Vonderau, and Jakob Hill reached a combined score of 2320-143x for the win. Demmer Center Jr. Shooters landed in second in the match, as Hawkeyes Precision out of Alabama took third. The teams were also the Top 3 Club teams of the 2018 Gary Anderson Invitational.
In sporter, Volunteer High School members Nicole Carvagno, Jaden-Ann Fraser, Maritsa Wolfe and Olivia Cattrell tallied a score of 2195-70x to lead overall. Zion Benton took the second place spot, followed by South Panola from Mississippi in third. The trio were the leading Scholastic teams of the 2018 Gary Anderson Invitational. Over 20 teams competed in the sporter team matchup.
For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&tab=results&match=17444.
Photos can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page at https://cmp1.zenfolio.com/p521555972.