MARQUETTE– Weightlifter Vanessa McCoy, a facility use athlete training with the United States Olympic Education Center team, won her first national title at the 2011 National Weightlifting Championships on July 15-17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She is from Wichita Falls, Texas.
“I’ve had a hard struggle trying to overcome injuries so the win feels good,” said McCoy. “I focused on hitting certain numbers not winning. It was a very successful first meet back from.”
McCoy lifted a snatch of 83 kilograms and a clean and jerk of 98 kg, for a total 181 kg to win the 63 kg weight class.
“I am very happy for her,” said coach Andy Tysz. “She was training well leading into the competition. Throughout the competition, she remained poised, not allowing distractions to get to her, and came out on top.”
Senior Ali Henry (River Falls, Wis.) placed second in the 69 kg weight class with a snatch of 88 kg and a clean a jerk of 100. Her total of 188 kg is a new personal best.
New to the USOEC program, freshman Ryan Borges (Bradenton, Fla) placed third in the 62 kg weight class, lifting a total of 206 kg with a 90 kg snatch and a 116 kg clean and jerk.
“Ryan went out and made lifts that he needed to make, keeping himself in the competition. He competed well and worked hard,” said Tysz.
Junior Chris Lenahen (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) lifted a snatch of 132 kg and a clean and jerk of 165 kg, totaling 297 kg and earning him eighth place in the 94 kg division.
The National Weightlifting Championships was a qualifying event for the 2011 Senior World Championships in Paris, France, later in the year. The event is also an Olympic qualifying event.