MARQUETTE, Mich. –United States Olympic Education Center weightlifters Allie Henry, Jerilyn Smith and Andrew Vrabel won their respective weight categories at the 2012 University National Championships last weekend, April 15-16, in Shreveport, La.
A Northern Michigan University senior, Henry (River Falls, Wis.) lifted in the 63 kilogram weight class. She lifted a snatch of 85 kg and a clean and jerk of 105 kg for a total of 190 kg.
Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.), an NMU sophomore, completed a snatch of 75 kg in the 75+ kg weight class and a clean and jerk of 99 kg for a total of 174 kg.
Vrabel (Highland, Ind.), a junior, lifted a total of 135 kg in the 69 kg weight class. He completed a snatch of 110 kg and a clean and jerk of 135 kg.
In the women’s 53 kg weight class, graduate student Breanne Carlson (Peshtigo, Wis.) placed second and facility-use athlete Holly O’Dovero (Marquette, Mich.) placed fourth. Carlson lifted a total of 79 kg with a snatch of 63 kg and a clean and jerk of 79 kg. O’Dovero completed all six attempts with her best snatch being 51 kg and her best clean and jerk of 61 kg, totaling 61 kg.
Junior Mathew Fraser (Colchester, Vt.) placed second in the 85 kg weight class with junior Dan Gorelick (Moorestown, N.J.) and freshman Chris Young (Oakland, Mich.) finishing fifth and eighth, respectively. Fraser’s best snatch of 133 kg and clean and jerk of 167 kg, gave him a total of 167 kg. Gorelick lifted a total of 145 kg and Young a total of 140 kg.
Junior Chris Lenahen (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) was third in the 94 kg class, lifting a total of 164 kg with a snatch of 125 kg and a clean and jerk of 164 kg. Junior Marc Spurlock (Phoenix, Ill.) placed eighth with a total of 140 kg, also completing all six attempts. Sophomore Alex Gordon (Weston, Mass.) lifted a total of 123 kg for 13th place.
In the women’s 53 kg weight class, sophomore Kendra Miller (Plainwell, Mich.) completed all three snatches, her best being 59 kg. She lifted a clean and jerk of 78 kg for a total of 78 kg, placing fifth.
Junior Max Cretcher (Rochester Hills, Mich.) lifted a total of 120 kg, earning ninth with a snatch of 110 kg and a clean and jerk of 120 kg.