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Carty hits mark as National Champion

July 26, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Dysart's own Megan Carty can call herself at two-time champion as the recent Union graduate has recently named the 2019 Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SASP) Centerfire National Champion.

"It all feels surreal," Carty said. "I've been a national champion before but it's even harder to become it twice, especially in a different category. There are many people who want that title and work hard for it, so I'm stoked that I got the opportunity to win nationals twice."

The national competition was held in Marengo, OH from July 13-20. According to Carty, the competition is a series of four stages with five targets in each stage. Competitors shoot each stage five times and the four fastest times from each stage are added up to come up with a total time. Typically Carty has also shot at the State match and then nationals, yet didn't shoot at state this year due to it being the same day her high school grad party. This year, Carty noticed Nationals were close to being the "largest of its kind in history" and was ready for the big stage.

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Megan Carty and members of the Steel Shooters of Traer. Photo submitted.

"My goal has always been to be the best, that's everyone's goal," Carty said. "I had accomplished it once in rimfire but I wanted to prove that I could do it again in centerfire. It's also always nice to also be able to keep up with the boys and I did that by being sixth overall in centerfire."

Rimfire and centerfire are two different classes of guns. Rimfire is any type of 22 caliber pistol and centerfire is 9mm pistols. To prepare for Nationals, Carty practiced whenever she was able to between activities and built muscle memory for each stage.

"I've been shooting these type of competitions for 6 years, so I've had a lot of time to practice and adjust the way I shoot to make myself faster," Carty said.

All of this work and practice is essential as the Dysart native takes on the best competition in the nation. Every shot, every second counts.

"I am always being challenged by shooters who continue year round and I only practice in the summer, so their levels are very advanced," Carty said. "It's kind of nerve wracking competing against this high of a competition but I've learned how to get used to it over the years. I like to prepare myself for each stage by going over my cadence for each stage before it's my turn to shoot. It helps me to start at a good pace and speed up from there if it is going well."

After completing her shots on that Monday, Carty and her father, Kory, watched the times online for almost a week, realizing she was in the running for quite some time. Even so, when Carty got the call from her dad about her title, the news was "unreal" for the young woman.

"I felt so rewarded because all of the practice I have put in over the years had finally paid off yet again," Carty said. "It's a completely different competition from rimfire when switching to centerfire. There's an entirely new realm to compete against, so it was just as exciting to win the second time as it was to win four years ago."

In addition to her two national titles, Carty also has competed in the National Junior Olympics at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO with air pistol and sport pistol, a completely different kind of competition. With the centerfire and rimfire competitions she has won, nationals is the highest level achievable. However, the talented shot hopes to continue shooting and hopefully find a type of competition that allows her to continue further. Of course, The Olympics aren't far from her mind either in possible shooting sports.

"This sport means everything to me and has allowed me to build my confidence immensely," Carty said. "My coaches have all played a part in making me the shooter that I am and I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have been presented with. This is a team sport but it's all individual times being put together. It's rewarding to know that myself as an individual is capable of accomplishing an honor this big."

For those who are thinking of trying centerfire or rimfire shooting, Carty has one message: do it. "

This sport provides a completely new kind of community that allows others to branch out and grow their skills as a shooter and as a person," Carty said. "I wouldn't have the kind of determination and confidence I have today without shooting. It has truly been a blessing to me."



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