Nov 13th, 2012
By Mike Minium
Tami, Joey, and Michelle wearing their medals
By now, if you’ve checked our FB page today, you’ve seen snatches and clean-and-jerks from each of the six women who competed in the Veterans Day Open on Sunday: Connie, Mune, Aisha, Joey, Michelle, and Tamara.
To accompany the moving pictures, here’s a quick rundown on each of the women.
Snatch: 35 kg (77 lb)
Clean-and-Jerk: 51 kg (112 lb)
Total: 86 kg (189 lb)
This was Connie’s first Olympic Weightlifting meet, and the plan was for her to make all 3 snatches and all 3 clean-and-jerks (go 6-for-6), which she did. As a bonus, she was shooting to match her snatch PR, which she did, and she made it easily (check out the video on FB for evidence). Great work!
Snatch: 40 kg (88 lb)
Clean-and-Jerk: 53 kg (116 lb)
Total: 93 kg (204 lb)
This was Mune’s second Olympic Weightlifting meet, and she beat her total (the sum of snatch and clean-and-jerk) by one kilogram. Any time you improve on your previous meet best, it’s an achievement. And she did this without her A game. Next time, I expect her to smash her total. Strong work, Mune!
Snatch: 43 kg (94 lb)
Clean-and-Jerk: 54 kg (118 lb)
Total: 97 kg (213 lb)
Another first-timer, Aisha had been putting in some serious work leading up to the meet. All that hard work paid off and she has some solid benchmarks to work with when she competes in her next meet. She did a great job of fighting for her last jerk, too. Great work, Aisha!
Snatch: 45 kg (99 lb)
Clean-and-Jerk: 61 kg (134 lb)
Total: 106 kg (233 lb)
This was Joey’s third meet (all three have taken place at the same venue, too) and she had a big goal of totaling over 100 kg (220 lb), which she easily did! She set meet PRs in the snatch, clean-and-jerk, and total. And she also took home a medal for 3rd place in the Masters division. Strong work, Joey!
Snatch: 64 kg (141 lb)
Clean-and-Jerk: 82 kg (180 lb)
Total: 146 kg (321 lb)
This was also Michelle’s first meet, and what a way to start out! She PR’d her clean-and-jerk, and to top it off, she took 2nd place overall in the Seniors division (that’s for anyone over 20, not old-timers, in case you’re wondering). What a debut! Really impressive, Michelle!
Snatch: 68 kg (149 lb)
Clean-and-Jerk: 85 kg (187 lb)
Total: 153 kg (336 lb)
For Tamara, who has already qualified for the American Open (one of the two biggest national meets in Olympic lifting), this was more of a tune-up. She wasn’t really trying to push it, and even with that taken into account, she still took 2nd place in the Masters division. T can compete!
It was great to see all six women compete in this meet. Nothing is confirmed or even definitively planned yet, but we’re working on getting a meet hosted at CFO in early January 2013. I would love it if we could get more of you to join these six and take part in the competition. I’ll even be throwing my hat into the ring.