Girls head toward weightlifting districts

Tess Lippincott – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS girls weightlifting team competed in the Manatee County Girls Weightlifting Championships and are looking forward to their district meet this week.

At the Manatee County Girls Weightlifting Championships eight high schools competed. The Mustangs placed fourth overall in the Snatch Event and fourth overall in the Bench/Clean & Jerk Event.

Five Mustangs also placed high and earned medals for the team:

  • Ava Horne – second place (Bench/Clean & Jerk 110-Class)
  • Olivia Heim – second place (Bench/Clean & Jerk 119-Class) and 3rd Place (Snatch 119-Class)
  • Madi Vassallo – second place (Bench/Clean & Jerk 129-Class) and 2nd Place (Snatch 129-Class)
  • Reese Messal – third place (Bench/Clean & Jerk 139-Class) and 2nd Place (Snatch 139-Class)
  • Vanessa Sellmer –  second place (Snatch Unlimited-Class)

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Head coach Elijah Weaver expressed his excitement and praise for the girls.

“For me, this sport is about personal growth, yet the girls have made an infrangible bond to the point where they all help each other build on their own personal success. It is truly an amazing thing to witness. Words won’t do my feelings justice in expressing how I feel about this team,” said Weaver.

The girls will now begin to prepare for their district meet on Thursday, Jan. 20 at Venice High School, where they hope to qualify for the regional competition.