Butte High graduate Nick Mowrer came away the national 50-meter free pistol champion after competing in the 2011 USA Shooting National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. last July.
Mowrer won the event with 1,113 match points, including a personal best score of 562 points in his second day score. The win moved him from the developmental team to the national team.
Last week, Mowrer was announced as a Team USA pistol team member for the 2011 Pan American Games to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in October.
The Butte native has been training in pistol shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in hopes of representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics.
Earlier this season he competed in World Cup events in Munich, Germany and in the USA World Cup. He finished 45th out of 167 competitors in Germany after posting a score fo 549.
He scored 549 in both World Cup events.
Before competing in the USA National Championships last month, Mowrer switched to a Morini Competition Arm that was given to him at the USA World Cup in Georgia and has been improving his scores since.
The Pan American Games are the last match for a quota spot with the 2012 Olympic pistol team. The Pan Am Games are like a mini-Olympics with a village for the athletes.
He also competes nationally in standard pistol and individual pistol.
Mowrer formerly competed for Montana Tech and Ohio State. While living at the Olympic Training Center last spring he was also studying welding at Pike's Peak Community College.
Nick's parents are Carroll and Zona Mowrer of Ramsay.