After a solid performance at regionals last weekend, the Big 7 ladies’ powerlifting programs are sending 17 athletes to compete at the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association 2018 State Championships March 16 and 17 in Waco.
The THSWPA Region 5 Division 1 Championships were held March 3 at PSJA Southwest Early College High School, where the Big 7 had a strong showing. The list of state qualifiers includes six Sharyland Lady Rattlers and five Palmview Lady Lobos.
Palmview powerlifter Laisha Lopez is returning to state in her senior year after finishing fourth at state in the 105-pound weight class as a junior. The former cheerleader turned powerlifter will be competing in the 97-pound weight class after qualifying first in the division by lifting a total of 735 pounds (305 Squat, 175 Bench, 255 Dead Lift). At state last year, Lopez set a personal bench press record of 150 pounds. Lopez shattered that record over the last year and put up 175 pounds on bench press at regionals, 25 pounds higher than second place. Lopez will be looking to close out her high school career by bringing home another medal at state.
Joining her to compete at state is Priscilla Hernandez, 4th place in the 114-pound weight class by lifting a total of 630 pounds (Squat 250, Bench 130, Dead Lift 250); Donna Mondragon, 9th place in the 123-pound weight class lifted 795 pounds (340 Squat, 145 Bench, 310 Dead Lift); Natalie Villalon, 11th place in the 123-pound weight class put up 780 pounds (315 Squat, 145 Bench, 320 Dead Lift); and Michelle Rodriguez, 16th place in the 105-pound weight class with 630 pounds (Squat 250, Bench 130, Dead Lift 250).
The six Sharyland Lady Rattlers who qualified for state are Brianna Resendez, 4th place in the 132-pound weight class lifted 870 pounds (355 Squat, 185 Bench, 335 Dead Lift); Amanda Rodriguez, 7th place in the 114-pound weight class by lifting a total of 760 pounds (Squat 290, Bench 140, Dead Lift 330); Carolina Constantino, 10th place in the 165-pound weight class lifted 880 pounds (415 Squat, 170 Bench, 295 Dead Lift); Ashley Tejenia, 11th place in the 114-pound weight class lifted 740 pounds (315 Squat, 130 Bench, 295 Dead Lift); Katrina Mendez, 13th place in the 181-pound weight class lifted 870 pounds (350 Squat, 190 Bench, 330 Dead Lift); and Camila Velez, 15th place in the 114-pound weight class put up 715 pounds (290 Squat, 140 Bench, 285 Dead Lift).
Sharyland Pioneer and La Joya are each sending two powerlifters apiece.
The two Lady Diamondbacks that qualified for state are Christina Ybarra, who finished 7th in the 132-pound weight class by putting up 820 pounds (345 Squat, 155 Bench, 320 Dead Lift), and Karla Lopez, 9th place in the 97-pound weight class with 585 pounds (230 squat, 105 Bench, 250 Dead Lift).
The two Lady Coyotes making the trip to state are Nehemiah Coronado who took home 5th place in the 165-pound weight class by lifting 925 pounds (405 Squat, 180 Bench, 340 Dead Lift); and Keyla Puente, 8th place in the 181-pound weight class lifted 915 total pounds (410 Squat, 175 Bench, 330 Dead Lift).
Mission Veterans Memorial’s Brianna Flores qualified for state by finishing 9th in the 148-pound weight class and lifting 865 pounds (320 Squat, 180 Bench, 365 Dead Lift); and Juarez-Lincoln’s Yanitza Vasquez finished 10th in the 105-pound weight class, lifting 665 pounds (270 Squat, 110 Bench, 285 Dead Lift).
The Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association 2018 State Championships begin Friday, March 16 at 8 a.m. at the Extraco Events Center located at 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco, Texas 76710. The competition will resume Saturday, March 17th at 8 a.m. for the final day of the 2018 State Championships.