Eleven members of the Lady Tiger Powerlifting Team traveled to Del Valle High School long before the sun came up on Saturday to do battle at the THSWPA Regional Meet, and they all competed like true champions. In the end, the lifters scored enough combined points to bring home 3rd place in the region for the team, and five lifters qualified to compete at the THSWPA State Meet on March 16 in Waco at the Extraco Event Center.
State qualifiers included Paige Bridenstine, who placed 2nd in the 114 lb. weight class and hit her state qualifying total in the process. Jaci Cauble placed 3rd in the 123 lb. weight class and also hit her state qualifying total in order to qualify for state. Izzy Gutierrez placed 5th in the 165 lb. weight class and hit her state qualifying total as well. Kaylee Hausam added a silver medal to her long medal collection in the 259 lb. weight class and easily exceeded her state qualifying total. Finally, Angela Ferrer made her way to state as the 2nd highest 6A finisher in the 259+ weight class.
There were several other notable performances by Lady Tiger lifters. Gracie Martone, a first year lifter competing in the 97 lb. weight class, pushed herself to the limit all day and was rewarded with a 5th place medal. Diamond Davis, another first year lifter, fought back from early struggles on squat and bench press to hit all three of her dead lifts and finish 6th in the 114 lb. weight class. Rylee Pratt, competing in the 181 lb. weight class, fought through illness all day and came one dead lift away from earning a bid to the state meet. Bethany Sherwood was also one lift away from qualifying for state in the 198 lb. weight class. Betzaida Hernandez and Marryah Smith-McCarthy both competed in the 220 lb. weight class and fought extremely hard in what turned out to be one of the most difficult divisions to place in.
This regional meet was not unlike any previous regional meet we’ve been to…it’s always the most physically and emotionally exhausting meet of the year. The ladies knew the stakes were high coming in to the meet, and they rose to the challenge. Not only are five of our lifters advancing to state, the girls brought home their first top-3 team finish at regionals in the last three years. It’s always an honor to represent our great school and our amazing community when we compete, and we look forward to the opportunity to do it on the biggest stage in the state, the THSWPA State Meet. If you’re in town over Spring Break, we’d love to see you in Waco at the Extraco Event Center on Saturday, March 16 supporting our Lady Tigers as they compete against the best in the state!