OGDEN, UTAH—USA Weightlifting’s national event series will return to the Beehive State April 19-22, 2018 when Weber State University hosts the Nike USA Weightlifting Nike National University & Under 25 Championships powered by Rogue Fitness.
This is the second time Weber State's Wildcat Center in Ogden, Utah will host the event.
“We are pleased to once again return to Utah for another Championship," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. "The support we have seen over the past several years from Weber State University and the wider Utah community is a large reason why we are now returning to the state for our fourth event in five years.”
The annual competition determines the Strongest College in America, and is the primary qualification the International University Sports Federation (FISU)/International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World University Championships to be held in Biala Podlaska, Poland in September.
Weber State University has its own weightlifting club and offers tuition waivers to national-level athletes and above, having begun the university’s involvement in 2013. The Ogden-based school saw bringing the National University Championships to the campus as a logical next step for its program.
“Weber State University is excited to once again host University Nationals," Matthew Barker, Weber State's head weightlifting coach said. "The State of Utah has a terrific reputation for hosting incredibly well run National events and this meet will undoubtedly add to that reputation. We intend to make 2018 University Nationals an even better experience than 2015. We hope that athletes, coaches and spectators will enjoy the immense hospitality that Weber State University and the City of Ogden has to offer.”
The event will feature three existing and established programs such as the United States Olympic Training Site at East Tennessee State University, the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University and the USA Weightlifting High Performance Center at Louisiana State University at Shreveport.
“With Ogden having previously hosted the event in 2015, we are thrilled to have the University Nationals return in '18. This event continues to build our brand as 'The State of Sport' and we welcome all the athletes, coaches, and fans to Utah,” - Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
Athletes will stay in downtown Ogden at the Courtyard by Marriott Ogden and Ben Lomond Suites, each priced at $119 per night, while sauna facilities will be provided at the Solomon Center, which also features plenty of activities for athletes to engage once they have competed.
Weber State University, with support from Visit Ogden and the Utah Sports Commission, will provide regular transportation between downtown Ogden and the University campus.
2018 National University & Under 25 Championships
April 19-22, 2018
Weber State University - Ogden, Utah
Event page with registration, hotel links coming soon!
Qualifying Period: March 25, 2017 - March 25, 2018
Registration Deadline: March 29, 2018