March 19, 2009
MARQUETTE — The United States Olympic Education Center weightlifting team will compete in the 2009 National Junior Championships and Pan Am Secondary Qualifier March 20-22 in Foster City, Calif. This is the first national competition of the year.
The National Junior championship is for athletes 20 and under, while the athletes competing in the Pan Am Secondary Qualifier could qualify for a world competition.
Weightlifters scheduled to compete at the junior level include Northern Michigan University freshmen Jessica Gallagher (Longwood, Fla.) at 58 kilograms, and Robin Feuerman (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), 63 kg.
Weightlifters scheduled for the Pan Am Secondary Qualifier are: NMU senior Collin Ito (Vista, Calif.), 105-plus kg; Justin Brimhall (Miami, Fla.), 77kg; and sophomore Sarah Robles (Desert Hot Springs/San Jacinto, Calif.), 75-plus kg.
USOEC weightlifting coach Andy Tysz will also be attending the competition with the athletes. “Training is going well; the girls have been recording personal records. We’re looking forward to quality results this weekend,” Tysz said.