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Navy Wraps-Up 2009 JROTC Service Championships at Camp Perry

Written by Sommer Wood, CMP Program Manager

The last of the 2009 JROTC Air Rifle Service Championships concluded on 27-28 February at Camp Perry, Ohio when the Civilian Marksmanship Program played host to the best Navy JROTC shooters from all over the country. This was the third weekend in a row that a major junior championship was held in the CMP’s new Camp Perry Marksmanship Center, with its 80-firing point electronic target equipped air gun range.

With the use of CMP's live score tracking on the Internet, coaches and parents were able to use their laptops on the range to track multiple shooters at the same time. In all, there were over 15,000 web hits on the 2009 Navy JROTC Air Rifle Championship results page during the two days of competition.

This marked the second stage of competition for the high school age cadets who qualified for this competition. These shooters had to qualify from the initial field of 2,885 Navy Cadets from 372 Units who participated in the Navy’s JROTC postal competition last fall. From that initial group, only 199 Cadets advanced to the 2009 Navy JROTC Air Rifle Championship. The qualifiers represented Navy Units from all across the Continental USA and Alaska. Qualifying to compete in the JROTC Championships was a significant accomplishment for all of the Cadets who competed at Camp Perry.

Shooting in the JROTC Championships provided the unique opportunity for many of the athletes to use electronic targets for the first time. These systems provide instant scoring. The CMP’s Competitor Tracker Internet-based results system also enabled the CMP to post live, continually updated results on its website. But the new target system at the Camp Perry range now takes the concept of live results on the Internet to an even higher level that goes far beyond just posting scores on the web. For the first time anywhere, not only the scores, but also live target images of the shooters in the JROTC Championships were displayed on the Internet. This meant that anyone anywhere in the world could see the exact same display screen that competitors on the range see to follow shooters’ progress live, shot-by-shot, from their personal computers. Several schools took advantage of this new technology and set-up projection screens in classrooms so that students could watch their classmates compete. Coaches and parents were also pulling out their laptops on the range so they could track multiple shooters at the same time. In all, there were over 15,000 web hits on the 2009 Navy JROTC Air Rifle Championship results page during the two days of competition.

In the Precision class, 2008 National JROTC Precision Team Champion, Union Grove HS from McDonough, Georgia set a Navy team National Record with a 2321 on the first day. The team ended with a 4634 total and a 37-point victory over the second place Luella High School Team.

The competition consisted of two days of three-position 3x20 air rifle competition. Competing cadets were divided into Sporter and Precision rifle classes. Both team and individual champions were honored on the basis of the total aggregate score from the two days. To determine the Individual Champions, the top eight shooters from the two-day competition in each rifle class shot a 10-shot final on Saturday that was added to their aggregate score to determine the winners in each class.

Just as in the previous two weekends, there were several impressive performances shot in the Navy JROTC Championship, including six new Navy JROTC National Records. In the Precision class, 2008 National JROTC Precision Team Champion, Union Grove HS from McDonough, Georgia set a Navy team National Record with a 2321 on the first day. The team ended with a 4634 total and a 37-point victory over the second place Luella High School Team. Ironically, the Union Grove alternate, Kayla Dorsey, shot a 584 on the first day and again on the second day to total 1168, the second highest precision aggregate in the match. Unfortunately since Dorsey was not selected for the four-person scoring team her score counted only in the team alternates competition and did not count towards the team total. The firing team members for Union Grove HS were Abigail Casey, 1170, Steven Frazier, 1165, Tiffani Potter, 1151 and Juli Yoder, 1148. The team was coached by SCPO Ralph Varnadoe.

The top Precision Individual shooter of the weekend was Matthew Martin of Chugiak HS, who traveled all the way from Anchorage, Alaska to compete. Martin entered the final in second place, 2-points behind Abigail Casey of Union Grove. A strong 101.0 final gave Martin the edge he needed to move into first to claim the championship with a 1269.0 aggregate score. Casey finished second with a 1264.9 and Jacob Brown of Luella HS in Locust Grove, Georgia finished third with a 1264.5.

Yvonne Swiontek from Zion-Benton HS was the Navy Sporter Class National Champion.

King George HS of King George, Virginia won the Sporter Team Championship. Firing team members Samuel Green, 1095, Elizabeth Hampton, 1073, Matthew Reed, 1063 and Kimberly Heitmeyer, 1032, combined for a team total 4263. The team was coached by Fred Duckworth. The top individuals were Yvonne Swiontek of Zion Benton HS in Zion, Illinois who finished first with an 1195.5. Second went to Samuel Green of King George who shot an 1190.1. Shayna Thompson of Oviedo HS from Oviedo, Florida claimed third with an 1183.3.

The following Navy JROTC Unit teams and individual Cadets have qualified to compete in the 2009 National JROTC Championship on 26-28 March at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Sporter Class Teams (4)
King George High School, King George, VA, 4263
Oviedo High School, Oviedo, FL, 4256
Zion Benton High School, Zion, IL, 4253
West Ashley High School, Charleston, SC, 4232

Precision Class Teams (4)
Union Grove High School, McDonough, GA, 4634
Luella High School, Locust Grove, GA, 4597
Henry County High School, McDonough, GA, 4580
Manzano High School, Albuquerque, NM, 4562

Sporter Class at-large individuals (6)
Micheal Hudson, South Effingham HS, GA, 1180.5
William Adams, McDowell HS, N C, 1179.2
Jonathon Baker, Aiken HS, SC, 1162.9
Olutoba Adewusi, Paint Branch HS, MD, 1159.4
Patrick Nelms, Luella HS, GA, 1077
Johnathan Jones, Calvert HS, MD, 1074

Precision Class at-large individuals (6)
Matthew Martin, Chugiak HS, AK, 1269.0
Justin Nix, Upson Lee HS, GA, 1254.1
Loren Bundy, South Florence HS, SC, 1250.0
Anthony Freda, Wall HS, NJ, 1151
Emma Lorenz, Liberty HS, WA, 1141
Kristina Corner, Liberty HS, WA, 1141

Congratulations to all the Cadets and thank you to all the JROTC instructors, volunteers, parents and supporters for making this event a success. To see the final scores from the Navy JROTC Championship go to the CMP website at Click on “JROTC Championship Results" at the top center of the page. For a direct link to final results go to, To see photos from the event go to,


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