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Simpsonville's Sirmans Part of Championship Clemson Team

Clemson shooters win southeastern championships and will head to nationals to defend their title.

Matt Sirmans of Simpsonville is member of the Clemson University Shotgun Club, which recently won its third straight Southeastern Invitational Collegiate Championship at the Jacksonville Skeet and Trap Gun Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

The 15 Clemson shooters overcame 30-mph winds and beat out eight other universities to take the title, outshooting second-place finisher University of Florida 679 targets to 668.

Sirmans, a Senior Mechanical Engineering major, was among 105 shooters competing at the event.

"I'm really proud of our shooters, especially considering that they had to contend with high winds caused by Hurricane Sandy. They spent many hours at the shooting range and it paid off with our top five shooters averaging 23 targets per round of 25," said Rick Willey, shotgun club coach and Clemson University Extension 4-H natural resource specialist.

The team won $12,500 for its MidwayUSA Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund, a percentage of which helps offset the cost of ammunition, entrance fees and traveling expenses. The team will travel to San Antonio in the spring to participate in the national championships. Clemson won national championships in International Skeet, International Trap, American Skeet and American Trap events last season.

The event was sponsored by MidwayUSA and the Scholastic Clay Target Program and hosted by Jacksonville University. The Clemson University Shotgun Club is supported by the School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences.

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