Hall and Szarenski earn 2012 U.S. Olympic Team berths

PORT CLINTON, Ohio - Columbus State's Jonathan Hall and former Army Marksmanship Unit member SFC Daryl Szarenski earned U.S. Olympic Team nominations at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Hall earned his berth by finishing second in Men's 10m Air Rifle. The 2011 Pan American Games silver medalist broke through the past two days to finish with 2586.7 total points, finishing exactly one point back of winner Matt Emmons, and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Hall is a senior at Columbus State, and the 2010 individual NCAA rifle champion. The third of four brothers who also shoot, Hall finished third in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Air gun and is elated to have earned a nomination to the Team this year.

"It's a relief and an exciting moment. I've been working towards this my whole life-it's been my main goal," said Hall. "It's weird to go from a very stressful situation to one of extreme relief and comfort. This is just the next step on the staircase and I'm not on the floor that I want to be at. London's next."

Szarenski, now with the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program took the Men's 10m Air Pistol title with 2537.4 points, nearly 20 points better than second-place finisher Jason Turner.

Szarenski is the recent 2011 Pan American Games Men's 10m Air Pistol gold medalist and quota winner, who will make his fourth trip to the Olympics.

"I'm just glad to be nominated to the Olympic Team," said Szarenski. "We've upped our training this quad and I'm excited to get to London. You try not to go into a defense and hold onto your lead. I just kept on working and shot the best I could every day."

U.S. Olympic Team selection will now shift to Shotgun with Trials set for May 17-20 in Tucson, Ariz., followed by smallbore (.22 caliber) team selection June 1-12 at Ft. Benning.