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2014 American Open Championships

Dec. 17, 2014, 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Athletes Set Many National Records at 2014 American Open Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—(Dec. 16) Ten elite competitors broke national records Dec. 12-15 at the USA Weightlifting 2014 American Open Championships in Washington, D.C.

The event, which brought hundreds of elite youth, junior, senior and masters weightlifters from around the country and the world to the Washington Hilton, also marked the official inception of USA Weightlifting’s partnership with Destination D.C. and public schools throughout the area to introduce local students to the sport.

“Bringing this event to one of America’s iconic cities saw the introduction of a city-wide schools weightlifting program, record-breaking performances from our athletes, outstanding efforts from our event volunteers and marks another step as we prepare to host the world championships in 2015,” USA Weightlifting CEO Michael Massik said.

Among the individual record-breaking performances, Darren Barnes set American junior and senior records for the snatch (112kg) and lift total (237kg) in the men’s 56kg category. His overall execution also earned him the silver medal in his division.

Ellen Kercher seized an American junior record for the snatch (75kg) in the women’s 53kg category. Her total lift of 167kg also earned her a silver medal.

Sydney Goad established American youth and junior records for the snatch (64kg) in the women’s 48kg category. Her overall performance (82kg clean and jerk, 146kg lift total) earned her a gold medal.

Youth phenomenon C.J. Cummings claimed American youth and junior records in the snatch (120kg), clean and jerk (150kg) and lift total (270kg). At age 14, he was one of 28 competitors in the men’s 69kg category, in which he earned the silver medal. 

Youth Olympian Ryan Sennett set a new American junior record in the snatch (142kg), and broke 7 year standing records in the clean and jerk (172kg) and in the total (314kg) previously held by Junior International athlete Caleb Ward. 

Among senior competitors, Alex Lee established an American record for lift total (305kg) in the men’s 69kg category. His overall output (131kg snatch, 174kg clean and jerk) also earned him a gold medal.

At the masters level, Melanie Roach pushed to an American record in the clean and jerk (97kg) in the women’s 53kg category. Her overall performance (73kg snatch, 170kg lift total) secured the gold medal in the division.

Dominick Trozzi lifted his way to an American youth record in the snatch (128kg) in the men’s 77kg category, with his overall performance (151kg clean and jerk, 179kg total lift) earning him a bronze medal. Mason Groehler had claimed that same youth American snatch record earlier in the competition, hoisting 127kg and earning a top-five finish in that division.

In addition, Kaija Bramwell set a youth American record for the clean and jerk (89kg) in the women’s 53kg category, lifting to a top-10 overall finish. Ryan Sennett also seized youth American records for the snatch (142kg), clean and jerk (172kg) and total lift (314kg), earning a top-10 finish.

In the men’s team competition, Team Muscle Driver USA’s output of 49 points edged East Valley CrossFit Weightlifting Club (47 points) and East Coast Gold (46 points). Jared Fleming’s gold medal in the men’s 94kg category combined with James Tatum’s gold medal in the men’s 77kg category to lead Team MDUSA to the squad title.

In the women’s team competition, East Coast Gold won the championship with 39 total points, seven more than second place Team MDUSA. Geralee Vega’s gold medal in the women’s 63kg category led East Coast Gold to the title.

Final Results
Final Team Results

FINAL Schedule

Final Start List
FINAL Start List

Final Athlete Ranking 


Final Team Entries
AO Team Entries

Notes for Ranking list

  • You are invited to register if you are at 100% or over.
  • The ranking list will be used to determine who may lift on 16 October (based on entries, we will work our way down until we fill all slots).
  • The Youth ranking list works similarly, the Top 15 Men and Top 15 Women on this list who have a registration and are not otherwise qualified for the AO will be given entry to the trials.
  • Some athletes are ranked twice (in more than one weight class) to allow them to choose their Weightclass, they will not have a double entry one of their two rankings will fall away once they register, and declare the weight class they wish to enter in.
  • Only results from USA Weightlifting or IWF sanctioned competitions 10/5/2013 to 11/2/2014 where the results have been received from the meet director have been included.
  • We will posted updated rankings periodically, not to be less than once per week.

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Washington, DC Welcomes USA Weightlifting, USA Powerlifting American Open Press Release  

Weightlifting and Powerlifting will be front and center at the Washington Hilton December 12-15, 2014

WASHINGTON – Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation’s capital, has announced the selection of Washington, DC as the host city for USA Weightlifting’s American Open, which will be held at the Washington Hilton from Dec. 12-15, 2014. This competition will bring competitors from around the world and will be joined by the USA Powerlifting American Open and the USA Powerlifting National Police & Fire Championships, both of which will occupy areas within the Washington Hilton. It is also anticipated that at least one other sport will join the two strength sports in the Capital.

Just in time for the winter holiday, this tournament will have visions of barbells and bumpers dancing in the heads of athletes and fans alike as visitors and local residents will be able to see hundreds of the best national and international weightlifting athletes compete, as they continue their journey towards the Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The events will be open to the public with opportunities for audience participation and tickets will be priced affordably.

 “We are thrilled to welcome the USA Weightlifting American Open to Washington, DC at the end of this year,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “We’re honored that they have chosen to bring this fine event to the nation’s capital as these events offer another fun entertainment option during the busy holiday season.”           

Destination DC, USA Weightlifting and DC Public Schools are partnering to introduce the youth of Washington, DC to the sport, to follow in the footsteps of DC-based Olympian, Cara Heads, who competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and now coaches in the DC Metro area. This initiative is in line with Washington's ambition to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, and it is hoped this program will be a footstep on the way to developing Olympians who will be able to compete in their home city in 2024.

“We are delighted to take this prestigious Weightlifting event to Washington, DC. An increasing weightlifting population in the metro area, a commitment to further expand that participation into the School systems in DC combined with a commitment to reasonable hotel rates and free airport transportation for our membership made it a logical choice to choose the nation’s capital for this event as we continue to build towards hosting the World Championships in 2015, and competing at the Olympic Games in 2016,” said Michael Massik, CEO, USA Weightlifting.

Olympic exploratory committee, DC2024, and Destination DC will provide free transportation to the Washington Hilton from Dulles International Airport during the event.

About Destination DC

Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 800 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.