Morgan DeGlopper – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “I figure skate twice a week and I’m doing weightlifting on the power lifting team for girls. I’d like to compete more, and I’m thinking about doing track and field with maybe the 100-meter dash, long jump, pole vaulting, and discus,” stated LRHS sophomore Regan Brahler.
Brahler is unlike many athletes at LRHS. While other student athletes tend to excel at one sport, she is succeeding in two and hopes to add another to that list.
Brahler has been figure skating at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex for two years. She won first place in her last two figure skating competitions.
This year she began weightlifting and has already found success, placing second overall at a recent meet.
Brahler believes that the skills she has attained from figure skating help her in weightlifting.
“With figure skating we do leg day every day. With weightlifting, I’m good for clean and jerk because I can get the bar up and I can get it up quick. Whole body movements in figure skating help with bench press,” stated Brahler.
Brahler can bench press 100 pounds, but has a goal of 110 pounds by the end of the year.
She hopes that her figure skating talent will also help her with track and field.
“My height in my jumps for figure skating helps with long jump and maybe pole vault. I’d really like to try different things with rotation and spins. It really helps with balance and keeping everything centered,” reported Brahler.
For track, Brahler’s goal is not dependent on competing in states. She wants to see how far she can go, and if that involves state competition, she would love to take part.
In terms of college, Brahler is interested in the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, and the University of Central Florida.
Even though she is not going to college for figure skating, she would like to continue in the sport if possible.