In just a few days, the 2016 FISU World University Weightlifting Championships will commence in Merida, Mexico. This event is part of the World University Championships, hosted by the International University Sports Federation. The World University Championships, which take place every other year, include a robust program of over 30 events throughout the year.
Weightlifting has been part of the World University Championships since 2008, and this year marks the fifth occurrence of the event. Team USA is bringing a full roster to Merida, with a mix of veterans and newcomers to the international scene.
Angelo Bianco (77kg) competed in the most recent World University Weightlifting Championships, which took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2014. Earlier this year, he represented the United States in the Russian Grand Prix and several months later, competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
James Tatum (85kg) and Travis Cooper (85kg) also competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and then traveled to the Pan American Championships in Cartanaga, Colombia, in June. The Pan American Championships was a critical event for the men's team, as it determined whether or not they would receive an Olympic berth for Rio. The team placed high enough to receive a bid, which was earned by Kendrick Farris (94kg) following his gold medal performance.
Following a strong showing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Mattie Rogers (69kg) went on to win two silvers and a bronze in Cartanaga. Later in the summer, she traveled to Rio to serve as a training partner for the 2016 Olympic Games. Rogers will look to break her own records next week in Merida. She currently holds the American records and the American University records in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total for 69kg.
Marissa Klingseis (+75kg) won three bronze medals at the Pan American Championships and also traveled with Rogers to Rio as a training partner.
Mary Peck (63kg), who competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and Caitlin Hogan (53kg) were the 2016 National Champions for their respective weight class.
Kerri Keegan (48kg), Cecily Basques (63kg), Aaron Addison (69kg), Matthew McCarty (105kg), Nicholas Saccente (+105kg), and Evan Graybill (105kg) will make their international debut in Merida. Basques holds the American University record for the clean and jerk at 63kg.
Event updates and results will be posted on USA Weightlifting's website and social media accounts.
TEAM USA ROSTER
Aaron Addison, 69kg, Polk State College
Angelo Bianco, 77kg, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
James Tatum, 85kg, North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork
Travis Cooper, 85kg, University of Georgia
Matthew McCarty, 105kg, University of Michigan
Evan Graybill, 105kg, University of Georgia
Javier Pagliery, +105kg, Saint Thomas University, School of Law
Nicholas Saccente, +105kg, American International University
Kerri Keegan, 48kg, State University of New York at Cortland
Caitlin Hogan, 53kg, Texas Women's University
Stephanie Lemmen, 58kg, Central New Mexico Community College
Cecily Basques, 63kg, California State University at Sacramento
Mary Peck, 63kg, California State University at Sacramento
Mattie Rogers, 69kg, Valencia College
Marissa Klingseis, +75kg, Missouri State Western University
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