And here they are … our 2011 USPSA Area Match Top Three Women by division (and area, of course)!  Area-2 will be held in early November, and we’ll update those results at that time.

Who will we be keeping an eye on at our USPSA Handgun Nationals?  Well, we know that any one of these talented ladies could win their selected division of choice on any given day.  And we also recognize that several competitors do not attend area events.  Based simply on the numbers, though, here are the most-winning ladies from this year’s Area Championships:

TRIPLE THREATS:

  • Lena Miculek has claimed THREE Area Championships in Revolver Division. WTG, Lena!
  • Nancy Huspek won Production at Area 5 and finished 2nd in Production at A3 (as RangeMaster) & A6!

DOUBLE DOMINATION:
  • Rebecca Jones won Area-8 & Area-5 in Open Division.
  • Athena Lee also claimed victory in two Open Area Championships; A1 & A4
  • Randi Rogers grabbed the gold in Two Limited Division championships, A6 & A8.

DOUBLE TROUBLE:
  • Lisa Munson shot Limited Division all year and won Area-1 and finished 2nd in Area 6.
  • Jessie Harrison won the Area-6 Match and finished 2nd at Area-8, both in Open Division.
  • Diana Le won A7 Open Division and also finished 3rd at A3 in Open.
  • Pashia Yang won Limited Division at Area 3 and took 2nd place silver at A5.
  • Tori Nonaka won the A6 Production race and also finished 2nd in Limited at A8.
  • Finishing second at two Area Events in Open (A4 & A5) was Kay Clark Miculek.
  • Open shooter Megan Francisco finished 3rd in the A8 Open Division race and 2nd at A6.
  • Full-Time College student, Sarah Irish, finished Top 3 in Open at two Area Matches; 2nd at A3 & 3rd at A5.
  • Shooting Production Division, Carrie Carlson finished 2nd at A5 & 3rd at A3.
  • Elizabeth Keen-Peeler doubled down with two seconds in two different divisions; 2nd Revolver at A4 & 2nd Single Stack at A6!
  • And last but now least, Sara Dunivin, our only 2011 National Champion to date, (she won the USPSA Single Stack Nationals earlier this year) also took top prize in the Area-1 Production Race.

Will we see some new names in the Top 8 at Nationals (like we’ve seen in this year’s Area Match Top 3)?   It seems that our pool of talented contenders has grown and we couldn’t be any happier about that!  :)   It will be certainly be interesting to watch as the matches unfold.

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Congratulations again to all of our top Area-Championship finishers and best of luck to everyone headed to Las Vegas for the USPSA Back-To-Back Handgun Nationals!  We’ll see you there!
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Congratulations to Carrie Jamrogowicz on her 6th Place finish in the Production Division. Unfortunately Carrie did not respond to our interview requests, but here are some photos taken by Paul Erhardt at the match.

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With the 2010 Smith & Wesson USPSA Handgun Nationals in our rear view mirror, we would like to take a moment to congratulate ALL of the women that attended the match!  We hope each and every one of you had a great time, shot to your potential and that you’ll come back next year for more.

Top Women:  We’ve already e-mailed interview questions to the Top Women of each division, and we hope to begin posting their responses early next week.  Congratulations, Ladies, on your great showing at Nationals!


Open Division:
1st – Rebecca T. Jones
2nd – Jessie Abbate
3rd – Megan Francisco
4th – Lisa Munson
5th – Athena Lee
6th – Jenny Chu
7th – Eva Micklethwaite
8th – Kaci Cochran

Limited 10 Division:
1st – Randi Rogers
2nd – Tori Nonaka
3rd – Maggie Reese
4th – Sue-Ann Henriques


Limited Division:
1st – Jessie Abbate
2nd – Lisa Munson
3rd – Carina Randolph
4th – Tammie Bordwell
5th – Sue-Ann Henriques
6th – Debbie Keehart
7th – Maggie Reese
8th – Jenny Chu

Production Division:
1st – Randi Rogers
2nd – Julie Golob
3rd – Tori Nonaka
4th – Kay Miculek
5th – Kippi Leatham
6th – Carrie Jamrogowicz
7th – Cindy Noyes
8th – Lisa Levis

Revolver Division:
1st – Annette Aysen
2nd – Sarah Irish
3rd – Sue Irish

Our good friend, Paul Hyland, who has already given us a multitude of great photos and tons of video, was also kind enough to crunch some numbers, and for that, we thank him! Here’s what he came up with:

  • Approximately 7% of the competitors at this year’s US Nationals were women.  In all, 53 women attended the event!
  • Rebecca beat 85% of the men in the Open match
  • Randi beat 69% of the men in the Limited 10 match
  • Jessie beat 73% of the men in the Limited match
  • Randi beat 58% of the men in the Production match
  • Annette beat 33% of the men in the Revolver match

Paul’s goal for 2011 is to see the number of women increase at Nationals.  As a start, we could all introduce one new woman to our sport next season.  Now that sounds like an attainable New Year’s resolution.  So what do you say, ladies … shall we help him out? : )

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Wrapping up our coverage of the Top 8 Ladies in the Production Division, here are our interviews with Julie Golob and Jessie Abbate.

2nd Place – Julie Golob
5 Division USPSA Ladies National Champion

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 2nd Place Julie Golob.  Photo courtesy of Paul HylandWofUSPSA – You’ve taken some time off to start a family.  Congratulations!  We are so happy to see you back on the range with gun in holster.  Are you glad to be back?

Julie – Thanks so much and yes, definitely glad to be back! I am so fortunate to have been able to work with Team Smith & Wesson even with taking the time off.  In that way I still felt connected to the shooting sports, but I really missed competing and spending time with shooters.  What a great bunch of people!

WofUSPSA – With a family, a full-time job and a shooting career in full swing, have you had any challenges re-adjusting to your practice sessions and matches?

Julie – Challenging is a great way to describe it!  Before I had my daughter, I had almost single-minded dedication to my season and shooting goals.  Now I feel as if I am juggling between so many aspects of my life – shooting, work and motherhood.  I have a whole new respect for Kay (Miculek), Kippi (Leatham), Carina (Randolph), just to name a few of the women who have balanced being moms with winning.  With less time than ever to train, I’ve learned how to be more focused when I am at the range.  I enjoy every aspect of shooting even when my performance may be off.  I’ve learned to multi-task in ways I never did before. In the end I find it extremely rewarding and I feel so lucky to be able to do so many things I love.

WofUSPSA – You’ve had an amazing year already, winning 3 major championships to date (NRA Bianchi Cup, IRC, & Steel Challenge Production Division). Congratulations!  Tell us how it feels to win so many events, so quickly after having taken nearly two years off?

Julie – Being able to win 3 major titles this year is absolutely thrilling.  Honestly, I didn’t expect to do so well coming back.  I had goals to be in the Top 3 of every event, but in the end if that didn’t happen I didn’t want to be too hard on myself.  Whenever I got down about where I felt I needed to be competitively, my husband was always there to support me and to say the right thing to keep it all in perspective.

WofUSPSA – You do so much to promote the shooting sports, especially women in the shooting sports.  How do you feel when you see some of your teammates improving and excelling at the matches?

Julie – I am so proud of all my teammates (male and female) and it is exciting to watch them excel.  For the women, Kay Miculek and Annette Aysen are certainly no strangers to the winner’s circle.  Carrie Jamrogowicz, Laura Torres-Reyes and Molly Smith are newer to shooting and in just a short amount of time have proven they are contenders. The number of women shooting at such a high level just helps to invigorate the sport and for me is very inspiring.

WofUSPSA – Competing in so many different shooting sports throughout the year, how do you think it affects you in USPSA?

Julie – I love to compete in different shooting sports.  I think it helps me to become a better shooter all around.  That said though, other than Single Stack Nationals and the Mile-High Showdown, I didn’t shoot any other big USPSA matches this year and only one club match at the beginning of the year.  That brought a little anxiety into play going into Nationals.  I didn’t feel totally prepared for the specific skills I knew I would face.  To some degree it is like riding a bike, but at the same time when you jump back on you can expect to fall over a couple of times.

WofUSPSA – What was your goal for the Production Nationals?

Julie – My goal for the Production Nationals was to place in the Top 3.

WofUSPSA – Who did you feel would give you your greatest competition?

Julie – The field of talent in this division has exploded in the past couple of years. Jessie Abbate has hit the shooting world by storm and has had a phenomenal two seasons.  Randi Rogers has carried over her amazing talents from cowboy as well.  There are up-and-comers like Carrie Jamrogowicz and Dianna Liedorff posting great scores too.  There is no room to slack off and it’s exciting to see women performing so well in this division.

WofUSPSA – How do you feel you performed in the match?

Julie – I felt I did very well in the match.  I faced some challenges with an injury and all considered am very happy to have clinched 2nd place against some really great lady shooters.

WofUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Julie – Day One I felt like it was my very first nationals all over again. I had giddy, nervous butterflies the whole day.  Between the nervousness and flinching from a tendon injury I racked up some penalties right off the bat.  I finished up the day with 2 misses, a no-shoot, some D’s and slower times than I would have liked. Day Two was definitely my best day and I really felt dialed into the gun.  I posted some of my best runs this day.  After the second day though and the frequency of shooting, I really struggled.  In the end I ended up with 10 penalties. On paper it was probably my worst nationals ever, but all things considered I am so happy with where I finished.

WofUSPSA – What was your best stage?

Julie – My best stage was Makin Extra Money.  I was the high lady on this stage and was only 1.69 seconds slower than the Stage Winner’s time, Robert Vogel.

WofUSPSA – What was your favorite stage and why?

Julie – My favorite stage was also Makin Extra Money.  I really enjoy stages with intense position work.  This stage really  forced you to be smooth and know exactly where you need to be at every point.  It also had a great mix of hard and easy targets.   You constantly had to shift gears.

WofUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Julie – I felt the stages looked very simple at first, but they were deceptively difficult.  I personally like a standards at the Nationals and a bit of a mix in round count with smaller speed shoots and larger field courses.  In all though, I think the staff did a wonderful job working with the venue and what they had available.

WofUSPSA – Thanks again for taking the time interview with us!  Is there anything you would like to add?

Julie – Thanks to USPSA and all the Range Officers and Staff for another successful national championship!

WofUSPSA – Congratulations on your 2nd Place finish!

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USPSA Ladies Production National Champion – Jessie Abbate
2009 Steel Challenge Multiple World Champion & Back-to-Back USPSA Ladies National Champion

2009 USPSA Ladies Production National Champion Jessie Abbate.  Photo Courtesy of Paul HylandWoUSPSA – You’ve had an amazing year! Congratulations! Tell us how it felt to win the 2009 USPSA Ladies Production Title so decisively.

Jessie – Winning the USPSA Ladies Production title was a great start to the week of Back-to-Back Nationals. I knew that my competition was strong, and that there would be no room for mistakes. I trained hard, and stayed focused on the match, and was successful.

WoUSPSA – Competing in so many different shooting sports throughout the year, how do you think it affects you in USPSA?

Jessie – I think each discipline I compete in, in some way helps me in the other areas. All the training, and techniques transfer to other shooting sports, and I feel like it makes me a more versatile shooter.

WoUSPSA – You shoot primarily Limited and Open throughout the year.  What did you do differently to adjust to shooting a Production gun and 10 rounds?

Jessie – Transitioning to Production was an easier shift than what I thought it was going to be. I spent more time dry firing than I usually do,  since I wasn’t used to reloading without a mag-well, but it was like reuniting with an old friend!

WoUSPSA – What was your goal for the Production Nationals?

Jessie – My goal for the match was to do my best! It sounds simple, but sometimes less is more.

WofUSPSA – Who did you feel would give you your greatest competition?

Jessie – The two ladies that I knew would push me throughout the match were, my team mate Randi Rogers, and Julie Golob. Randi and I have spent a lot of time training together this season, and especially in preparation for the Nationals. I saw firsthand some major improvements that she made throughout the time we have been training together. Randi’s accuracy and consistency is second to none, and I knew that I would have to bring my A+ game! Even though Julie was transitioning back to a full competition schedule this year, her experience and list of extensive match wins makes her a top competitor and a true threat wherever she goes. With both of these extremely talented ladies vying for the same title, I knew that a stellar match would be what it would take to be victorious.

WoUSPSA – This is the one match that both you and your teammate Randi competed against one another.  Do you find that their is more pressure to do well when shooting against one another, especially with Randi as the defending national champion?

Jessie – Competing against Randi at the Production match did add a little more pressure than normal. She and I train together quite a bit, and I had seen such an improvement in her shooting this past year. Randi is a strong competitor and very passionate about shooting, just as I am, so I knew it would be a race all the way to the end!

WoUSPSA – How do you feel you performed in the match?

Jessie – I was very happy with my performance at this match. Being able to walk away from a National championship with a clean match, was a feat I had not yet accomplished!

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Jessie – Day 1: Day one of the Nationals started early that morning, and we shot stages 9-12. For me, the first stage of any match, whether it’s the Nationals or a club match, always makes me a little anxious. So what I try to do is just see the sights and let them dictate the speed. After the first stage is under my belt, I’m ready to go! Stage 10 & 11 were quick low round count stages, but they were still very “setup” intensive. I had to make sure that my footwork was spot on, so that I wouldn’t over shoot a position, and insure that my set ups were exact. The last stage of the day was almost a combination of all the aspects from the previous stages. It was a medium level round count stage, but incorporated no-shoots, steel, and barriers. Again, having smooth transitions from position to position was important. I was happy with my performance thus far. I think I hit every reload, I felt smooth and consistent, and every stage went according to planned.

Day 2 & 3: The second and third day of the match, I shot stages 13-16 and 1-5. Day two, consisted of heavier round count stages, and a lot more movement throughout each. I think stage 14 was my favorite for day two, and stage 16 was one that made me pay extra attention! Starting downrange, you shot three arrays of targets accompanied by no-shoots, with one array at approximately 17 yards. Then you made a mad dash up range, to finish off with two more target groups, also accompanied by no-shoots!  As Day three rolled around, I was pretty comfortable with my performance. I didn’t feel like I had made any mistakes that would be detrimental, maybe just a few fumbles here and there. Starting on stage one, gave me a good straightforward stage to start the day off with. Finally, as we get to stage four, the only thing I wanted to do was to get all my hits!! It had multiple swingers, surrounded with no-shoots and hard cover, topped off with small and low ports to shoot them through!! But, when it was all over, and I walked downrange, I was happy to see that I had called my shots correctly!

Day 4: Finally, the last day! Going into the last day, having an idea that I’m ahead, and knowing that so far I have a clean match going, added a little undue pressure. All I wanted was to finish it the same way I started it; focused! I didn’t want all these thoughts to cloud my ability to finish the match to the best of my capabilities. I never think of what’s at stake until it’s over, otherwise I’m focused on the wrong thing. With stages 6-8 left to shoot, that included a spinning star, more swingers and movers, and of course no-shoots! It wasn’t a day that I would be able to just coast through. Each stage, just like the rest, I would have to shoot my best! But at the end of stage eight, after I “unloaded and showed clear”, I realized I had just shot my  best USPSA match ever, and it was at the Nationals!

WoUSPSA – What was your best stage?

Jessie – My best stage as was stage 11, “Quick But Not Easy”. The stage consisted of four pieces of steel, two USPP’s and two PP’s, and four metric targets.  I started on the left side of the barricade, and engaged the PP with three rounds. Having watched some of my competitors shoot, I saw that the steel was not falling easily with the rounds we were using. After the PP fell, I could then engage the USPP that was behind it. I then moved to the right side of the barricade, and engaged the poppers in the same manner. After a quick reload, I moved to the center of the barricade and engaged the four paper targets in through the window. I ended with a total time of 10.19, and an 8th overall finish for the stage.

WoUSPSA – What was your favorite stage and why?

Jessie – Stage 12 was my favorite stage for the Production match. The way the stage was laid out, it forced lateral movement, and shooting between dividers. You could see targets from multiple positions, and it allowed the shooter to shoot it how they were most comfortable. I had found a way to shoot the stage that eliminated a reload, but forced me to shoot an array of steel and targets with no shoots, with only one extra round at one point. It was a fairly quick stage, but precision still played a major part. Fortunately, I made my shots count, and didn’t need my one extra round!

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Jessie – I thought the stages for the Production match were well written. They presented a good challenge, but were easily executed, and production friendly.

WoUSPSA – Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions!  Congratulations once again on winning the Ladies Production Title!

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5th Place – Carrie Jamrogowicz
Women’s Production Champion at Area 1, 2 & 3

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 4th Place Carrie Jamrogowicz.  Photo courtesy of Paul HylandWoUSPSA – Congratulations on your Top 5 finish!  What was it like to compete for the first time on the Ladies Super Squad?

Carrie – It was a pretty neat experience. I am used to being the only female on my squad, if not in the whole match, so shooting with a whole group of talented lady shooters was a lot of fun.

WoUSPSA – What were your goals for this year’s Production Nationals and how do you feel you performed in the match?

Carrie – My main goal was to try to relax and have fun.  I know I shoot better when I can relax. It was my first time shooting on the ladies’ squad, and my first match wearing a sponsor logo, so I was expecting to be nervous and distracted, and I just wanted to keep that to a minimum.  I was happy with how I did on ten of the stages. I didn’t necessarily place well on ALL of those, but I can say that I did the best I can do at this stage in my shooting career. I had ammo troubles that resulted in a zero score on one stage, and the other five, I just wasn’t able to keep my head in the game. Overall, I placed where I’d expected to.

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Carrie – We started on stage 9, which was a shoot house, and I was glad for that because I was nervous enough already, at least this way I’d know no one but the RO could see me if I did something goofy. : )
I think we shot four stages that first day, and once I got the butterflies out of my system, I was able to settle in a bit.

The second day was kind of a bummer for me. The first stage of the day, stage 13, was actually my best stage of the match. Stage 14, though, I was the first shooter on the squad and I was super nervous, got a little mixed up and made some mistakes. I tried to let it go and focus on the next stage, but then I had an ammo problem and zeroed that stage.

Day three, we started on stage 1, where I hit a no-shoot and didn’t see it; stage 2, I hit a no-shoot, and did see it, but couldn’t decide whether to make it up or not…. this was where my teammate noticed a pattern to my mistakes and pointed it out to me. I was able to fix it, and didn’t hit any more no-shoots that day, or on day four!

WoUSPSA – Can you describe your best stage, and why you think you did well?

Carrie – My best stage was lucky number 13, where I placed 50th, with 70% of the stage winner’s score. It was actually the stage I was worried about the most, because there were targets you could see only from certain positions, and there were a lot of wide transitions to go with that, which is a good opportunity to completely miss a target if you’re not careful. I think I did well just because I spent so much time thinking about it, and really had my plan down pat.

WoUSPSA – What was your most difficult stage, and why it was difficult?

Carrie – The most difficult one for me was the one immediately following my best stage. I had to go first on stage 14…. I had a plan, but didn’t think it through enough, and it failed. I didn’t have an alternate plan, got flustered and tensed up and made mistakes.

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Carrie – They were challenging for me, because instead of long shots (which I am pretty good at) there were lots and lots of no-shoots (which make me nervous). The props were fairly simple, compared to other big matches I’ve shot, but I think they did well enough with what they had to set up a variety of challenges for us.

WoUSPSA – Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations once again on your Top 5 Finish!

>4th Place – Dianna Liedorff
2nd Woman at the 2008 USPSA Production Nationals

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 4th Place Dianna Liedorff.  Photo courtesy of Yamil Sued.WoUSPSA – Congratulations on making the Top 8! As a law enforcement officer, do you find that competing in matches like this one helps you hone your skills for work?

Dianna – Absolutely… I believe that a match can put similar stresses on you that you might experience in the real world. Training my mind to think through the stress has to be beneficial.  The amount of time I’m behind a gun improves my skill set and gives me the confidence to win the fight with my gun if need be.

WofUSPSA – What were your goals for this year’s Production Nationals and how do you feel you performed in the match?

Dianna – I really wanted to beat Randi!!! I had improved and actually prepared for this Nationals, so I was hopeful I could give her a run for her money… But she’s improved too!!!

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Dianna – I can, but it’s painful!  I started on the fast, “simple” stages and I bombed them.  I’m a field course girl, and I have no confidence in the shorter, faster stages.  By the fourth day, I had the field courses and I was a happy girl!!!

WoUSPSA – Please describe your best stage, and why you think you did well.

Dianna – One of the field courses… The one with the window that was activated with the foot pad.  I just feel more comfortable with the field courses and it was the 3rd or 4th day, so I had settled down a bit.

WoUSPSA – What was your most difficult stage, and why it was difficult?

Dianna – The speed courses ate my mental lunch.

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Dianna – I thought the courses the year before were a bit more challenging.  This is my second nationals, so I don’t have a lot to compare to!

WoUSPSA – Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations once again on your Top 5 Finish!

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3rd Place – Randi Rogers
2008 USPSA Production Champion and IDPA Ladies National Champion

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 3rd Place Randi Rogers. Photo courtesy of Paul HylandWoUSPSA – Congratulations on making the Top 8!  Going into this year’s Nationals, how did you prepare to defend your 2008 Ladies Production Title?

Randi – To prepare for this year’s nationals I practiced a lot. The 2009 shooting season was pretty busy for me. I would practice about 2-4 times a week and I shot as many local matches as I could. I would also dry fire on any day I didn’t practice and just tried to work on all the basics.

WoUSPSA – Competing in so many different shooting sports throughout the year, how do you think it affects you in USPSA?

Randi – I think that competing in many different sports is good for a shooter. Cross training keeps me excited about all the different sports. If I work on one thing too long I tend to get bored and don’t try as hard. Changing things up keeps me excited and it’s challenging, making me want to work that much harder.

WoUSPSA – What was your goal for the Production Nationals?

Randi – My goal for the Production Nationals was to to shoot my best. I had hoped that shooting my best would result in a win. At the 2009 nationals I didn’t feel like I shot my very best, and the results reflect that.

WoUSPSA – Who did you feel would give you your greatest competition?

Randi – My teammate Jessie Abbate is an incredible shooter and I feel that she is a great benchmark to compare to.

WoUSPSA – This is the one USPSA match that both you and your teammate Jessie competed against one another.  Do you find that there is more pressure to do well when shooting against one another, especially as the defending national champion?

Randi – I always feel pressure. It doesn’t matter who I shoot against or what match I am at. My goal ultimately is to do the best I can. It doesn’t matter if I am shooting against one person or one hundered, I still feel pressure. I just try to shoot what I can shoot, after that the chips fall where they fall.

WoUSPSA – How do you feel you performed in the match?

Randi – I don’t feel like I shot my very best at this years Production Nationals. I had a bit of bad luck, I let it get to me and I made some mistakes. Every time I think I have learned it all the range gods remind me that there is no mastering the sport.

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Randi – I arrived in Las Vegas on September 11th. I went to registration and went out to the range to look at the stages. For the most part I thought the stages looked good. Saturday September 12th was the first day of shooting. I shot early on Saturday. It was warm in Vegas, when we woke up it must have been 80 degrees. We started on stage 9 and shot through 12. The first stage was a little rough for me.  I had a mike on the bobbing target in the back. Stage 11 was also a little rough for me. A popper and I had a little disagreement. I had some drama associated with that and because I wasn’t focused on my shooting I had another mike on stage 12. After the first day things got better. I shot the rest of the match clean. Overall I thought the stages were really good. I had a good time and did my best.  It was a long four days but I learned a lot and took those lessons into the next match.

WoUSPSA – What was your best stage?

Randi – I had a couple of good stages at the Production Nationals. Stage 16 was my best overall score. I was 26th overall on that stage and everything went well for me. It wasn’t my very best stage but another stage I did well on was stage 7 with the star. I only had one pick up shot on the star and it just felt really smooth for me. It was also a kick to shoot!

WoUSPSA – What was your favorite stage and why?

Randi – My favorite stage was the star. It was challenging, exciting, and a little bit scary. I like a good challenge.

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Randi – Overall I thought the stages were ok. I have shot three nationals and I think this year was third place in all those years. It might have been me but it seemed that all the stages were similar in nature. They all seemed to be mid range round count, there was never very much movement, and there was hardly any decisions. They were all very straight up which makes it pretty easy to shoot, but I personally enjoy the challenge. I was disappointed to not see standards or any hard cover. I think standards are important, especially one handed and I feel they should be included at a national match.

WoUSPSA – Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Any comments you would like to add?

Randi – I would just like to say that if you haven’t come to a nationals for whatever reason everyone should go. You don’t have to be top level shooter to enjoy the challenge and unique experience of shooting a national championship.

WoUSPSA – Congratulations once again on your Top 3 finish!

 

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The dust has [temporarily] settled in Las Vegas. The 2009 USPSA Open & Production Handgun Nationals are history! Congratulations to our 2009 National Victors!

2009 USPSA Open National Champions are:
Megan Francisco & Max Michel Jr.

 
2009 USPSA Production National Champions are:
Jessie Abbate & Robert Vogel

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With the USPSA Handgun Nationals just a few days away, we’re recapping the top shooters of the year, based on the previously hosted USPSA Area Matches around the country.  Unfortunately, Area 2 & 4 aren’t scheduled until later in 2009, but we still have plenty of Area Champions to put upon our pedestal!  Congratulations to all of our Area Winners!

We are also sending well wishes and good luck to each and every woman who is headed to Las Vegas this week for our USPSA Back-To-Back National Championships! And remember, what happens in Vegas …  stays in Vegas!   (Except for what happens at the range.  We’ll proudly be posting updates and results for all categories of each match via Twitter, Facebook, WomenOfUSPSA.com & right here on the blog.)

If you ever get a chance to compete at one of these top-notch Area Matches, by the way, grab it! The experience, effort, creativity and organization that go into these events are practically unmatched!

2009 USPSA Area Match Championship Results – to date:

AREA 1 – Held June 18 through 21 in Parma, Idaho at the Parma Rod & Gun Club. Match Director – Tim Egan
LIMITED – Lisa Munson 1st, Christie King 2nd
LIMITED-10 – Dorrie Davis 1st
OPEN - Jenny Chu 1st,  Carrie Homburg 2nd
PRODUCTION – Carrie Jamrogowicz 1st, Irina Ionescu 2nd
SINGLE STACK – Laura Seurer 1st, Nancy Marrs 2nd

AREA 2 – Begins November 12, 2009 at  Rio Salado Sportsmans Club in Mesa, Arizona.  Match Directors – Paul Caudill & Bob LaMarca

AREA 3 – Held July 30 through August 2 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Hosted by the Eastern Nebraska Practical Shooters.  Match Director – Chris Davies
LIMITED – Nancy Huspek 1st, Gail McLean 2nd
OPEN - Sue VanBlaricum 1st, Bobbi Wagner 2nd
PRODUCTION – Carrie Jamrogowicz 1st, Lisa Johnson 2nd

AREA 4 – Begins October 8, 2009 at the Double Tap Ranch in Wichita Falls, Texas. Match Director – Ken Cobb

AREA 5 – Held June 19 through 21 at the South Kent Sportsmans Club in Dorr, Michigan.  Match Director – Carl Provan
LIMITED – Gail McLean 1st, Susan Powel 2nd
OPEN - Doni Spencer 1st, Sarah Irish 2nd
PRODUCTION – Carrie Carlson 1st
REVOLVER - Sue Irish 1st
SINGLE STACK -TD Roe 1st, Alma Lenard 2nd
 

AREA 6 – Held April 17 through 19 at the South River Gun Club in Covington, Georgia.  Match Director – our very own Cindy Noyes!
LIMITED – Jessie Abbate 1st, Tracy Iradi 2nd
LIMITED-10 – Randi Rogers 1st, Kay Miculek 2nd
OPEN - Megan Francisco 1st, Kaci Cochran 2nd
PRODUCTION – Beth Wingfield 1st, Melita Ellington 2nd
REVOLVER -Sue Irish 1st
SINGLE STACK – Nancy Huspek 1st
 

AREA 7 – Held August 5 through 9 in Fulton, New York at Pathfinder Fish & Game (which is Julie G’s original home-town range).  Match Director – Milford Lovett
LIMITED – Donna Major 1st, Kathie Sierpina 2nd
LIMITED-10 – Caron Brooks 1st, Evelyn Freeman 2nd
OPEN - Rebecca Jones 1st, Sheila Brey 2nd
REVOLVER -Sue Jenks 1st, Jacqueline Scott 2nd

AREA 8 – Held August 27 through 30 at the Fredericksburg Rod & Gun Club in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. Match Director – Lew Walker
LIMITED – Jessie Abbate 1st, Tracy Iradi 2nd
LIMITED-10 – Caron Brooks 1st
OPEN - Rebecca Jones 1st, Megan Francisco 2nd
PRODUCTION -Randi Rogers 1st, Tori Nonaka 2nd
REVOLVER -Sue Irish 1st
SINGLE STACK – Tracy Deegan 1st

Well, that’s a wrap!  We’ll close our Road to the Nationals coverage by congratulating the 2008 USPSA Ladies Handgun National Champions:

  • Open National Champion – Rebecca T. Jones
  • Limited National Champion – Jessie Abbate
  • Limited-10 National Champion – Jessie Abbate
  • Single Stack National Champion – Lisa Munson
  • Production National Champion – Randi Rogers
  • Revolver National Champion – Annette Aysen
     
 
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