Annie Bengry of Marquette, Mich., is in her first year as a resident athlete in the weightlifting program and competes in the 53- kilogram weight class. A sophomore at Northern Michigan University, Bengry is a sports science major. Last semester, she earned a 4.0 grade point average, earning a position on the United State Olympic Education Center All-Academic Team.
Bengry began lifting with USOEC coach Vance Newgard at the age of 16 as strength training for swimming at Marquette Senior High School. She went on to swim and dive for Northern Michigan University for one season.
“I realized that weightlifting was what I really wanted to do,” Bengry said. “It is great that I could stay in Marquette to lift and not have to leave the area. While training in the USOEC gym as a high school student, I always looked up to the older athletes. Being offered a spot on the team was a dream come true.”
In her spare time, Bengry enjoys volunteering and coaching. Still an avid swimmer, she is a swim coach for elementary and middle school students and she serves as a lifeguard at the YMCA. Additionally, she volunteers weekly as a core member with the Life Teen Program, a high school youth group at St. Louis the King Church in Harvey, Mich.
Bengry lifting during a recent competition.
Demonstrating to local youth during the 2013 Health Expo.