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Army Sergeant, Captain Lead Way After First Day

March 30, 1996

ATLANTA (AP) _ Army Sgt. Daryl L. Szarenski got aggressive halfway through the final round and leads the four-man field from which the U.S. air pistol team will be chosen.

Army Capt. Glenn A. Dubis led after the first day’s shooting in the air rifle finals and Jean Foster led the field in woman’s rifle.

``Halfway through, it felt like I was dragging,″ Szarenski said. ``I had to get more aggressive. I wanted to be more aggressive and confident.

``There was pressure, but I felt pretty good,″ said Szarenski, a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. ``It went like I trained for it. It’s all right.″

Szarenski shot 680.5 in Saturday’s air pistol final to lead Neal Caloia, 677.5, Gregory Derr, 673.2, and Ben Amonette, 672.4. They will shoot off to pick the two-man Olympic team during the North American Shooting Championships April 14-17 at the Olympic shooting venue where Saturday’s competition was held.

``I feel real comfortable where I am,″ said Caloia. ``It’s been a long time coming. I just kept concentrating on what I needed to do during the finals. I kept them in the 10 ring and if you keep them in the 10 ring you’ll move up.″

``I was a little nervous″ during the preliminaries, Dubis said. ``But I came back and shot a pretty good score today. Not a great score. I was getting better at the end.″

Dubis shot 690.2. Robert Foth was second, 688.5, and Troy Bassham was third, 688.

In the men’s air rifle and the women’s rifle, all competitors shoot in the 60-shot preliminaries and the top eight shoot in the finals the first day. That is repeated the second and third days with the top eight from the preliminaries shooting finals.

The winner is picked by adding the three preliminary scores and the two best finals scores, so a shooter could win if he or she didn’t make the finals one day.

Foster took the lead after her ninth shot, which scored 10.2 out of a possible 10.9.

She scored 677.3, to edge Pam Vossen, 676.9, and Jayme Dickman, who won a one-shot shoot-off for third after tying Elizabeth Bourland at 676.3.

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