(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Saturday was a day filled with comebacks as Olympians and former National Champions returned to win gold at the USA Weightlifting Senior National Championships at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Ill.

 

Beijing Olympian Natalie Burgener (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Team Crossfit) competed in her first major event since 2008 and had little difficulty winning the 63kg division by 42kg.  Burgener was all smiles after claiming her fourth Senior National title with a total of 205kg that also puts her in contention to qualify for a fourth Senior World Team appearance. 

 

While Burgener took the snatch, clean and jerk and overall golds, three athletes were in close contests for the silver and bronze overall medals.  Kari Shimomura (West Sacramento, Calif. / Hassle Free Weightlifting Club) won the silver medal in the snatch with her lift of 73kg.  Jessie Humeston (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Front Range Weightlifting Club) cleared her first 70kg snatch and attempted to challenge Humeston with attempts at 73kg and 74kg, but didn’t complete either lift and placed third in the snatch.  The tables turned in the clean and jerk when Humeston lifted 93kg to win the silver medal and place second overall with a total of 163kg.  Sara Flynn (San Francisco, Calif. / Myles Ahead Weightlifting), who was in fourth place after the snatch, retained her fourth overall position with a total of 154kg, but also won a bronze medal in the clean and jerk with a lift of 88kg.  Shimomura’s fourth-place snatch of 84kg moved her from second to third overall to win her first Senior National medal behind Burgener and first-time medalist Humeston.  

 

Burgener’s Olympic teammate Chad Vaughn (Florence, Texas / Spoon Barbell Club) also arrived in Peoria to compete in his first Senior Nationals since Beijing.  Vaughn, who returned to competition in December with a win at the American Open, lifted a total of 325kg in the 77kg division – his best result since the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting.  In addition to winning his sixth overall National title, Vaughn also won golds in both the snatch and clean and jerk where he lifted 145kg and 180kg, respectively.

 

Christopher Heinig (Auburn, Wash. / Calpian’s Weightlifting Club) earned his first overall medal with a silver after he lifted a total of 273kg.  Heinig placed second in the snatch as well and fourth in the clean and jerk behind Adam Beytin (Laurel, Md. / East Coast Gold) who won the clean and jerk silver and Phillip Schneider (Grove City, Pa. / Team Pendragon) who came out of the B session to win the bronze.   Beytin repeated his 2009 overall bronze medal finish with a total of 268kg.

 

After a six-year National title streak that began in 2000, Danica Rue (Maplewood, N.J. / Metropolitan Elite) won her first gold medal in the 69kg division since 2005. Like Burgener and Vaughn, Rue’s gold medal total of 206kg also could make her eligible to compete on the 2010 Senior World Team.  Dropping only two of her six attempts, Rue won the snatch with a lift of 91kg, the clean and jerk with her 115kg lift and the overall gold with her total of 206kg. 

 

A 2009 Junior World Team member, Maegan-Lee Snodgrass (South Jordan, Utah / Team Praxis) had an impressive first trip to the Senior Nationals, winning the overall silver medal with her total of 183kg as well as a silver in the snatch and a bronze in the clean and jerk.  Kelly Lynch (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Wesley Weightlifters), the 2008 Senior National Champion in the 75kg division, lifted a total of 178kg to place third overall after winning the bronze in the snatch and silver in the clean and jerk.

 

Two weeks after placing fourth at the Pan American Championships, Phil Sabatini (Lexington, Va. / East Coast Gold) set three new personal records en route to winning his first overall Senior National title in the 94kg division with a total of 331kg.  Justin Thacker (St. Louis, Mo. / University of Missouri) placed second overall with a total of 308kg after winning a silver medal in the snatch and a bronze in the clean and jerk.  Kyle Cook (Yorkville, Ill. / Fox Valley Weightlifting Club) placed third overall and in the snatch portion of the competition.  Although he failed to complete his snatch attempts, Frankie Murray (Floral Park, N.Y. / Metropolitan Elite) remained in the competition where he won the silver medal in the clean and jerk with his final lift of 175. 

 

Three-time Senior Nationals medalist Zachary Krych (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Team Minnesota) won his first Senior National Championship with a total of 324kg in the 85kg division, sweeping the snatch, clean and jerk and overall gold medals.  Michael Martin (Savannah, Ga. / Coastal Empire Weightlifting) earned a trio of silver medals as he placed second behing Krych in each category and totaled 282kg.  Keylin Mackey (Sacramento, Calif. / Hassle Free Barbell Club) lifted a total of 276kg to place third overall.  Mackey began the event with a bronze medal in the snatch, but was one of three athletes to lift 150kg in the clean and jerk.  Drew Dillon (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Weightlifting Club) weighed in lighter than Mackey and Dillon won the clean and jerk bronze.

 

Competition concludes on Sunday with the men’s 105kg and +105kg divisions and the women’s 75kg and +75kg divisions. 

 

Top eight results are as follows, including snatch, clean and jerk and total scores:

 

Women’s 63kg

1. Natalie Burgener (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Team Crossfit): 95kg, 110kg, 205kg

2. Jessie Humeston (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Front Range Weightlifting Club): 70kg, 93kg, 163kg

3. Kari Shimomura (West Sacramento, Calif. / Hassle Free Barbell Club): 73kg, 84kg, 157kg

4. Sara Flynn (San Francisco, Calif. / Myles Ahead Weightlifting): 66kg, 88kg, 154kg

5. Erin Tieder (Portland, Ore. / East Coast Gold): 65kg, 77kg, 142kg

6. Jenna Kraska (McFarland, Wis. / Hitters Madtown Weightlifting Club): 58kg, 78kg, 136kg

7. Veronica Aguila (Boulder, Colo. / East Coast Gold): 61kg, 75kg, 136kg

8. Leah Reimnitz (Belton, Mo. / TSU Iron Dogs): 56kg, 74kg, 130kg

 

Women’s 69kg

1. Danica Rue (Maplewood, N.J. / Metropolitan Elite): 91kg, 115kg, 206kg

2. Maegan-Lee Snodgrass (South Jordan, Utah / Team Praxis): 88kg, 95kg, 183kg

3. Kelly Lynch (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Wesley Weightlifters): 78kg, 100kg, 178kg

4. Summer Krasinski (Richmond, Calif. / Golden Bear Weightlifting): 72kg, 90kg, 162kg

5. Arlene Ward (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Front Range Weightlifting Club): 68kg, 90kg, 158kg

6. Angela Sorensen (Schaumburg, Ill. / Windy City Weightlifting Club): 69kg, 83kg, 152kg

7. Suzanne Leathers-McCauley (Savannah, Ga. / Coastal Empire Weightlifting): 64kg, 87kg, 151kg

8. Stephanie Haacke (Kensett, Iowa / Unattached): 69kg, 80kg, 149kg

 

Men’s 77kg

1. Chad Vaughn (Florence, Texas / Spoon Barbell Club): 145kg, 180kg, 325kg

2. Christopher Heinig (Auburn, Wash. / Calpian’s Weightlifting Club): 130kg, 143kg, 273kg

3. Adam Beytin (Laurel, Md. / East Coast Gold): 118kg, 150kg, 268kg

4. Peter Musa (East Stroudsburg, Pa. / Metropolitan Elite): 115kg, 143kg, 258kg

5. Adam Rozmenoski (Rochester, Minn. / Team Minnesota): 116kg, 142kg, 258kg

6. Trique Meininger (Lake Tapps, Wash. / Calpian’s Weightlifting Club): 116kg, 140kg, 156kg

7. Phillip Schneider (Grove City, Pa. / Team Pendragon): 107kg, 145kg, 252kg

8. Kyle Hasapes (Sacramento, Calif. / Hassle Free Barbell Club): 110kg, 140kg, 250kg

 

Men’s 85kg

1. Zachary Krych (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Team Minnesota): 143kg, 181kg, 324kg

2. Michael Martin (Savannah, Ga. / Coastal Empire Weightlifting): 130kg, 152kg, 282kg

3. Keylin Mackey (Sacramento, Calif. / Hassle Free Barbell Club): 126kg, 150kg, 276kg

4. Drew Dillon (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Weightlifting Club): 120kg, 150kg, 270kg

5. Foster Carasia (Palm Coast, Fla. / Catalyst Athletics): 112kg, 150kg, 262kg

6. Jacob Flint (South Bend, Ind. / Cincinnati Weightlifting Club): 112kg, 145kg, 257kg

7. Steven Pan (Walnut Creek, Calif. / Catalyst Athletics): 116kg, 140kg, 256kg

8. Joe Fondale (Riva, Md. / East Coast Gold): 120kg, 135kg, 255kg

 

 Men’s 94kg

1. Phil Sabatini (Lexington, Va. / East Coast Gold): 151kg, 180kg, 331kg

2. Justin Thacker (St. Louis, Mo. / University of Missouri): 135kg, 173kg, 308kg

3. Kyle Cook (Yorkville, Ill. / Fox Valley Weightlifting Club): 133kg, 165kg, 298kg

4. Paul Doherty (Sacramento, Calif. / Hassle Free Barbell Club): 130kg, 165kg, 295kg

5. Colin Burns (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Unattached): 130kg, 162kg, 292kg

6. Timothy McInnis (Benton, La. / Louisiana State University Shreveport): 130kg, 160kg, 290kg

7. Chris Lenahen (Marquette, Mich. / Accel Sports): 125kg, 161kg, 286kg

8. Lyndon Echels (Round Rock, Texas / Coffee’s Gym): 125kg, 161kg, 286kg

 

For more information, contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Weightlifting Director of Media Relations, at 719.761.7909 or Nicole.Jomantas@usaweightlifting.org.

 

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