UPDATES…DEC. 31, 2017…posted by Greg Laxer, Webmaster/Records Keeper
ATLANTIC STATES ENTRY FORM AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
Here is a .PDF file from which to download and print out (!)–because your form must be snail-mailed to the Meet Director–the Entry Form for the 2018 Atlantic States Open, to be held in Salem, MA February 17 and 18. Note that first Weigh-Ins start later than usual (8:30 AM); this is to allow the host facility to hold some of its normal early morning activities despite our presence. And hey, maybe the temperature outside will get above zero before you weigh-in! (Kidding? I wish I was!)
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DENIS RENO RECOVERING FROM HEART SURGERY
Unfortunately, Denis reportedly suffered a cardiac incident while shoveling snow and had bypass surgery a couple days ago. He is reportedly doing well post-op. Pity the poor hospital staff! Denis is NOT a person you want to try to keep confined to a bed for multiple days! True, medical philosophy these days is to get the patient up and moving ASAP, but still…Mr. Reno is, of course, one of THE most knowledgeable and experienced individuals on the USA Olympic Weightlifting scene and a treasure to have based in our LWC. We all wish him the speediest possible full recovery! Denis, you have a date with the lifting platform in 2019 to add New England Records to the 80-84 Age Group!!
JEN ROBERTS CREDITED WITH TOTAL RECORD FROM ANAHEIM
It has come to my attention that Jennyfer Roberts‘s legal address of residence was still in Massachusetts at time of her performance at American Open 3 in Anaheim, CA in early December. She already held equal or better marks in the individual lifts in Senior 58 Kilos Class, but now will be credited with a new Total Record of 194 kgs. Congrats, Jen!!
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Posted December 28, 2017 by Greg Laxer, Webmaster
NEW ENGLANDERS AT AMERICAN OPEN 3
The American Open Series concluded its first year as a series (of three events) in Anaheim, CA in early December, right after the IWF World Championships concluded at the same venue. The Official Results show everyone lumped into “Senior” category, regardless of age. The biggest deals for New England were the Gold Medal for Jennyfer Roberts in 58 Kilos Class and Bronze for Mackenzie Roy in 90 Kilos Class. Jen lifted 86 kgs. for the Snatch (second-best in the group) and 108 kgs. for Clean & Jerk, 4 kilos better than Silver Medalist. Total: 194 kgs. Unfortunately for us in New England, I understand that Jen has relocated to St. Louis, MO. She did not lift for a New England club at this competition and cannot be credited with a New England Record for her Total (she already held all three Records and will continue to be credited with them until a bona fide New Englander can exceed them). Ms. Roberts’s performance also gave her the second-best Sinclair Formula figure for the entire Women’s competition. Great job, Jen! We will miss you!
Moving back down the Bodyweight Classes, scanning for New England lifters, we find a happy, rapidly improving Danielle Williams (RWL Weightlifting, MA) securing 16th Place in 48 Kilos Class with her Total of 132 kgs., 6-for-6 good lifts. Amylynne Frankel finished 24th in same Class, with 124 kgs. Amylynne is a Masters lifter. Amylynne holds the 48 Kilos New England Records for Senior category, but Danielle is threatening them! Brianna Dandurant McLaughlin (RWL), unfortunately, was unable to post a Total in 53 Kilos Class. [NOTE: USAW’s Official Results don’t show team/club affiliations for these two lightest Women’s Classes. If I missed anyone, please let me know at: GregLaxer01@mail.com Obviously, this applies to everyone, in all Weight Classes.]
Giselle Araujo (RWL), an accomplished Masters lifter in 63 Kilos Class, missed all her Snatch attempts and was thus unable to put up a Total. Competition in the 69 Kilos Class was crowded and quite high caliber, leaving veteran competitor ‘Kat’ O’Neill (RWL) in 50th Place. Matching her best lifetime efforts would have placed ‘Kat’ considerably higher in the standings. Next time, kid! Angela Pryzmusik (People’s Republic of the Dojo, MA) came in 32nd in 75 Kilos Class with a Total of 172 kgs. Mackenzie Roy (Rumbler, NH) now owns all the NE Records in 90 Kilos Class (she dropped a chunk of weight to make this Class at Anaheim!), plus overall Bronze Medal (only two kilos shy of Silver Medal). The new marks for this Class are Snatch–91; C&J–119; Total–210. Very well done, Mackenzie! Meanwhile, in 90+ Kilos Class, Brittaney Doane (People’s Republic) achieved a 9th Place finish with her Total of 189 kgs. Congrats to New England’s fantastic women lifters!!
Hello, New England men?? Hey, I found a bunch! [Again, for the record: Yours truly has no problem with women dominating our local scene!] Ernie Prempeh (I assume he’s still a New Englander; I’m usually in the dark about changes in affiliation), in 69 Kilos Class, put up a very respectable total of 255 kgs. to secure 11th Place. Another crowded, competitive session, with only 28 kilos separating Ernie from the top. Only six lifters bested his Clean & Jerk of 143. James Tibbetts (listed as unattached) grabbed 15th in 85 Kilos Class, total of 285. Had James succeeded with his third Jerk attempt of 168 kgs., he would have bumped up several places. Jarred Smith (Providence Barbell, RI) locked in 25th Place in 94 Kilos. Jarred’s Total was 292 kgs.. He also struggled with his Clean & Jerks, else he would have finished several notches higher. Four slots back in same Class, Michael Craven (Teamworks, MA) put up 290. In 105 Kilos Class, Providence’s David Ethier nabbed 21st Place with a Total of 294 kgs. Congrats to one and all for some fine lifting!
NEW DETAILS ON ATLANTIC STATES OPEN, PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND
Meet Director Dave Lussier has confirmed that the 2018 edition of this venerable event will be a two-day competition. Turnout will determine whether two platforms will be in use. There will be no online registration available. Physical Entry Forms will need to be snail-mailed (gasp!) to Dave. Lussier informs me he will email forms (right around New Year’s) to those he expects to be interested in competing. Threw away your home printer? Never had one? You can forward the form to a friend for printing, or do it at work (tell your boss I said it’s okay!), or you may have to go to something like a Staples store. But a paper form you will need, and an envelope and postage stamp (double-gasp!) to get it to Dave. You can request an Entry Form from Dave (“Polar Bear”) via Facebook’s New England LWC page, or email him at: email@example.com
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND WEIGHTLIFTING-SUCCESSFUL 2018, EVERYBODY!!!