It’s officially safe to refer to Conemaugh Township High School senior Deanna Binnie as one of the premier shooters in the country.
Binnie became the newest USA Shooting National Junior Team member following her performance at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“Honestly, it means the world to me. I’ve given up a lot to become as good as I am. It’s crazy that it’s actually happened,” Binnie said Friday during an interview posted on YouTube by USAShootingTeam.
The Hollsopple resident and future member of the Ohio State rifle team – she plans to sign a National Letter of Intent on Thursday – won the Women’s 3P (three position) Rifle championship. She led her two relay events from beginning to the end of the competition.
Binnie shot the two highest qualifying totals – 586 and 578 – to give her a 10-point lead heading into the eight-person final.
That’s when nerves kicked in.
“I felt sick to my stomach. I was so nervous,” said Binnie, whose score of 584 to qualify for the national event was tops amongst her competitors.
Binnie shot a 96.1 in the finals to hold on for the victory after previous attempts to earn a spot with the USA Shooting National Junior Team.
Her total was the third lowest in the finals, but her previous work in the relays helped her to a 6.8-point victory.
“I have been to Colorado, this is actually my fourth year here and something has always happened that I just couldn’t do it. I just didn’t make it,” Binnie said.