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Dania Vizzi Successfully Defends USA Shooting Women’s Skeet Championship

Dania Vizzi Successfully Defends USA Shooting Women’s Skeet Championship

To close out the 2018 USA Shooting National Championships, skeet shooter Dania Vizzi repeated as the Women's Skeet Champion. The match concluded October 10 at the International Shooting Park near Fort Carson, CO.

Vizzi (Odessa, FL), along with the other competitors, faced snowy weather conditions, uncharacteristic for the state of Colorado in early October. Nevertheless, Vizzi entered the final with a top qualification score of 243.

Dania Vizzi, 2018 USA Shooting National Championships
Dania Vizzi is prepared for the cold weather at the 2018 USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun.

“It was my first time shooting in snow so that was pretty exciting,” said Vizzi in a USA Shooting press release. “I also broke two of my personal records so that was the biggest accomplishment for me. I thought it was pretty nice to see the target against the all-gray background, but I think the hardest part was my hands getting so cold. I [wondered] ‘Did I pull the trigger or not?’”

Sam Simonton, 2018 USA Shooting National Championship for Shotgun
18-year-old Sam Simonton tied Vizzi in the final with 57/60 targets.

In the final, Vizzi tied Sam Simonton (Gainesville, GA) with 57 targets. The two shooters continued their duel in a shootoff, which Vizzi won 4-3.

“The shootoff was fun and a good experience—especially with such a high score,” said Vizzi.

Austen Smith, Dania Vizzi and Sam Simonton
Austen Smith, Dania Vizzi and Sam Simonton.

In third place was Austen Smith (Kellar, TX), following up her bronze medal-winning performance in Junior Women's Skeet at the ISSF World Championship in South Korea this past September.

Over 200 athletes from across the U.S., as well as three countries competed at the 2018 USA Shooting National Championships. View the complete skeet results.

Photos courtesy of USA Shooting

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