By Ian Adler
If you’ve ever shot a firearm, you know how difficult it can be to accurately hit the target. But what if it’s moving? Senior Sarah Simmons could tell you all about it.
Sarah earned second place in the categories of “Sporting Clays” and “Trap” shooting at this year’s ACUI Upper East Coast Conference Championships. Sarah is also a member of the Mason-Dixon Clay Busters shooting team, who brought seven other shooters to the competition.
“My dad thought it would be something for us to do together,” said Simmons, when asked what got her into shooting. “You meet new people, too”
Sarah has been shooting for around 3 years, and practices at many ranges but “prefers Glen Rock”. “You get good by going to ranges and practicing and learning how to shoot a gun” said Simmons.
Sarah uses a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun with 7/8 ounce loads, and is “working up to a more powerful, 1 ounce load.”
“There were a lot of college and some high school teams. Club teams too,” said Simmons. “There were people from as far as West Point and as far south as Georgia.”
Simmons plans to continue her competition shooting, and maybe even earn a first place ribbon next time around.
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