March 10, 2008

USOEC weightlifter Alex Argueta
USOEC weightlifter Alex Argueta
Marquette— The United States Olympic Education Center weightlifting team won five medals overall at the National Weightlifting Championships Feb. 29 – March 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
                  Northern Michigan University junior Justin Brimhall (Miami, Fla.) competed at 77 kilograms and earned a bronze medal with a snatch of 130kg. He also lifted 150kg in the clean-and-jerk. Brimhall finished third overall with a total of 280kg, earning another bronze medal.
NMU senior Paul Roberts (Bartow, Fla.) captured a silver medal in the snatch and bronze medals for the clean-and-jerk and overall total at 85 kg. Roberts lifted 135kg in the snatch and 170kg in the clean-and-jerk for an overall total 305kg.
Other USOEC athletes who competed, along with their respective weight classes and overall finishes, are as follows: NMU freshman Chelsea Kyle (Sandusky, Ohio), at 58kg, finished in fifth place; juniors Alexandria Argueta (Aurora, Ill.), 63kg, seventh place, and Collin Ito (Vista, Calif.), 105-plus kg,  fifth; senior Ashley Suggs (Whitesboro, Texas), 69kg, took seventh place after setting a personal record in the clean-and-jerk with a 93 kg lift; and post-baccalaureate student Vance Newgard (Homewood, Ill.), 105-plus kg, 10th.
                  “I am pleased with everyone because they competed so well with their training and they did a good job at the completion,” said head coach Andy Tysz.
USOEC weightlifters will compete April 11-13 at the National Collegiate Championships in Reno, Nev., to finish the 2007-2008 season.

Prepared By
Liz Steffl
USOEC Media Intern