Competitive Shooting

USA Shooting Team Member Profile: Rachael Schoenrock

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with USA Shooting team’s Rachael Schoenrock. Rachael is 18, and hails from Beatrice, Nebraska. Q. What discipline do you shoot? A. Rifle and small bore.

Q. How did you get started in shooting sports? A. I started playing around when I was like four years old, my dad introduced me to plinking in the backyard. When I got older, I mainly got interested in shooting as a sport in 4-H.

Q. What kind of experiences did you have while shooting on the 4-H team? A. Well, I got to travel all over the state of Nebraska, shooting at different competitions. Plus I shot in Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas.

Q. You just graduated from high school, what are you future plans? A. I will be leaving for college at the end of summer and thanks to a shooting scholarship, I will be attending University of Texas El Paso.

Q.  What are you planning to study in college? A. I am not sure. I am going to focus my first year on getting some of my general studies out of the way and hopefully that will help me focus on what I might want to do.

Q. How do you prepare yourself for competition? A. For a month or two prior to the competition, I start practicing heavily three to six hours a day if I don’t have a conflict with school. Two or three days prior to the competition, I stop shooting and start focusing on the mental side. On the day of the competition, I get nervous, but I just try to relax and have fun with my teammates. When I am ready to get on the line, I just focus on having fun and shooting.

Q. How do you go about preparing yourself mentally for competition? A. I use self-imagery. I imagine myself shooting several shots from all three positions. I imagine they are successful, perfect 10 shots. I work through the fear and the stress I might encounter during competition.

Q. Who is your coach? A. Mike Jochum.

Q. Has he been your coach for long? A. Yes, he has been my coach all along. He is the best guy in the world. He has been coaching for 15 years.

Q. What are some of the competitions that you have won? A. I recently won 4-H Nationals in Grand Island, Nebraska plus Junior Olympics and Daisy Nationals this year.

Q. What is your most memorable moment shooting? A. I have asthma and I was in Arkansas shooting at the Daisy nationals. I could feel my lungs getting tight, and I didn’t want to take my inhaler because it makes me shaky. I did not want to shake while trying to shoot. Turns out you still need to breath in order to shoot well.

Q. How long have you been on the Junior USA team? A. I just made the team a few weeks ago. I am excited, but I am not really sure what I will be doing yet.

Q. Have you ever been to the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs? A. Yes, I got to go there last summer for American Legion National Championships. That is where the top teams in the country go to shoot for a $2,500 college scholarship. I placed second at that competition.

Q. What did you think of Olympic Training Center? A. It is an awesome place. I was very impressed, and I can’t wait to go back.

Q. Who are some of your role models? A. My coach, he has always provided me with a positive image for me to look up to.

Q. What are your long-term goals in shooting? A. I am not sure what to expect while shooting in the NCAA in college. I will have to wait to see what that will be like. But my long-term goal is to shoot in the Olympics.

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