USOEC Weightlifters win gold

Courtesy of the USOEC


MARQUETTE, Mich.—United States Olympic Education Center weightlifters earned two gold medals and a bronze on Friday, May 18, at the Wisconsin State Championships/Open in Denmark, Wis. Members of the Northern Michigan University Club weightlifting team added three gold medals in the junior category.

First-place finishers for the USOEC team were Holly O’Dovero of Marquette, Mich., with a 125-kilogram total in the 58-kg weight class and Vanessa McCoy of Wichita Falls, Texas, who competed at 63 kg and lifted a 188-kg total. McCoy lifted a personal best of 105 kg in the clean and jerk, beating her old record by 1 kg.

Finishing the event in third place was Brennen Jaquint of Evansville, Wis. Jaquint competed at 105 kg and lifted a snatch, and clean and jerk total of 240 kg.

First-place finishers for the NMU Club Team were Marquette residents Jarynn and Dinele Stewart and Sage Pletka.

With their victory, Jarynn and Dinele qualified for the National Youth Weightlifting Championships June 28-30 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Resident Team Results
58 kg    Holly O’Dovero    Snatch 56 kg    Clean & Jerk 69 kg    1st place
63 kg    Vanessa McCoy    Snatch 83 kg    Clean & Jerk 105 kg    1st place
105 kg    Brennen Jaquint    Snatch 110 kg    Clean & Jerk 130 kg    3rd place

Club Team Results
53 kg    Jarynn Stewart        Snatch 37 kg    Clean & Jerk 50 kg    1st place
58 kg    Dinele Stewart        Snatch 36 kg    Clean & Jerk 50 kg    1st place
62 kg    Sage Pletka        Snatch 36 kg    Clean & Jerk 50 kg    1st place