Media Release from the Utah Precision Marksmanship Society For Immediate Release to All Media - 5 June 2005 Aspiring and Former U.S. Olympians Duel at Southwest Regional Pistol Championships SALT LAKE CITY- An aspiring U.S. Olympian went toe-to-toe with a former U.S. Olympic shooter and came away the victor in the Southwest Regional International Pistol Championships contested last weekend at the University of Utah. U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete, Cody Maxwell, 23, of Woodland Park, Colorado, battled with 1968 US Olympic team member Arnie Vitarbo, 69, of Cedar City, Utah, for the coveted rapid fire pistol title. When the smoke finally cleared, it was Maxwell, currently a U.S. National Pistol Team member in this event besting the veteran Vitarbo by 14 points, posting 556 of a possible 600. Maxwell also went on to win the standard pistol event with an identical score of 556. Scott Engen brought home top honors in both the air pistol match with a 552 and the centerfire event with a 559. Retired surgeon Rob Moseley remained atop the leader board in free pistol with a 492, while first team All-American Ashley Davis of the nationally-ranked Shootin' Utes pistol team posted a 536 to win the women's sport pistol event. The regional championship was officially sanctioned by USA Shooting, the national governing body of Olympic shooting in this country, and served as a qualifying match for invitations to the 2005 U.S. National Championships, scheduled for Ft. Benning, Georgia, later this month. The event was hosted by the Utah Precision Marksmanship Society of Salt Lake City.
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