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USOEC lifts at junior nationals

The USOEC weightlifting team competed in the National Junior Championships this past weekend in Houston, Texas.  Through sheer determination and focus, the team of 10 weightlifters coached by Andy Tysz not only accomplished their personal goals but also took home two silver medals and one bronze medal.

The weightlifting team consisted of freshmen Patricia (Trisha) Parks, Jerilyn “Rael” Smith, Tim Scott, and sophomores Britta Carlson, Andrew Vrabel, Michael Evans, Chris Lenahen, Maxwell Cretcher, Levi Hoffman, and Dominic Lambaria.

Head coach Andy Tysz said he is very happy with the results and expects his team to continue to improve and excel in not only what they do during practices and championship events, but also in their personal lives.

“I am very happy that not only did we accomplish more than a handful of personal records, but we were able to take home some medals as well,” Tysz said. “The one thing I always try to stress to this team is process before product. Once you are able to focus on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of weightlifting and then concentrate on the movements, the product will fall into place.”

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Lenahen said he was also -happy he was able to secure a silver medal in the men’s 94 kg. He said that for him it all boiled down to one last thing.

“In all honesty, I wasn’t worried too much about how I placed, but more along the lines of making sure I hit all of my six lifts correctly,” Lenahen said. “For me it really boiled down to my last clean and jerk, which ended up being around 172 kg (379 pounds). I did everything I could to make sure my performance was outstanding and when it was all over, I was just happy that I gave it my best shot.”

Lenahen was not the only one to secure a medal in the weightlifting performances. Freshman Tim Scott also received a silver medal in the Men’s 69 kg, and Patricia (Trisha) Parks received a bronze medal in the Women’s 48 kg.

Scott was able to place in fourth last year at the National Junior Championships and this year he said he wanted something more, but couldn’t do it without his faith in God.

“You know I always try to make sure I have my mind and body ready to go regardless of whether its practice or a championship meet,” Scott said. “This meet, I wanted to compete better than I had in the past and I ended up doing very well with my clean and jerks. No matter what, whether I win or lose, I always want to do my personal best and give glory to God for what he has given me.”

With the National Junior Championships coming to a conclusion, the weightlifting team will have less than seven weeks to continue training and preparing for the National Collegiate Championships, which will take place on April 8th-10th in Shreveport, La. Head coach Andy Tysz said that the first week after the championships is a light one but the pace will -increase very quickly.

“This first week after the Junior Championships, we tend to let the lifters work a light schedule,” Tysz said. “After that one week though, we really pick up the pace, because a lot of people think that six and a half weeks is a long time when in actuality it really isn’t. Once we get back on schedule, we will really key in on those movements and always stress to make an impact.”

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