By: Samantha Papp
With the 2013 season already in action, the boys’ and girls’ powerlifting teams are hard at work readying themselves for South State and State competitions. The boy’s team has been practicing twice a week along with individually working out, and the girl’s team has been practicing once a week as a team as well as individually working out.
Both teams are expecting returning members to help lead the teams this season. The boys’ team will be looking to their returning seniors for leadership: Christian Gomez, Jay Jordan, Trevor Neely, Johnathan Pride, and Joey Arnau. The girls’ team will look to returners such as Christie Stricker, Kim Franklin, Nan Buti, Rachel Peyton, and Anna Kathryn Colbert for guidance.
After winning a State championship in 2012, the boys’ team has much to live up to in 2013. While being faced with expectations might be considered intimidating, the boys’ team has instead taken the expectation in stride. The members who competed last year have personal goals of exceeding their total points from last year, and the team as a whole hopes to match last season’s accomplishments.
“With key guys returning from a 2012 State Championship team, anything besides a State Championship would be disappointing,” boys’ powerlifting coach Anthony Myers said.
The girls’ powerlifting team will be looking to beat its accomplishments from last season. The team hopes to get each girl to advance to South State championships and then to State championships.
“Our goal for the team this season is to place at our upcoming major competitions: South State and State,” girl’s powerlifting member Nan Buti said. “We also hope to improve each girls’ lift and increase experience.”
After competing in Regionals in February, both teams will advance to the South State Championships in March and then State Championships in April.