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Records Fall, History Made in Chicago on First Day of 2017 National Championships

By Kevin Farley | May 13, 2017, 12:43 a.m. (ET)

Jessica Lucero (58kg, Tustin, California, Catalyst Athletics) made history at the 2017 Nike National Championships powered by Rogue Fitness Friday, becoming the heaviest American female Weightlifter to Clean & Jerk double her bodyweight in competition. 

Lucero’s 116kg clean & jerk set a new American Record as well as becoming only the seventh American woman to achieve the feat. She went on to sweep the podium with a 92kg snatch and a 208kg total to successfully defend her National Championship. Her 208kg total tied the American Record she set at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In fact, three American women clean & jerked double their body weight. Alyssa Ritchey (48kg, Fort Collins, Colorado, Team Juggernaut) clean and jerked 96kg, 

Caitlin Hogan (53kg, Long Beach, California, Waxman's Gym)  clean and jerked 106kg as she went 4 for 6 and successfully defended her National Championship (84kg snatch/106kg clean & jerk/190kg total). 


More records fell as the opening day of the 2017 National Championships progressed at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Chicagoland. Megan Seegert (48kg, Durham, California, Hassle Free BBC) set a new Junior American Record in Snatch with a 77kg snatch. She also set a new Junior American Record in total with 169kg.


During the final sessions of the evening, an unexplained power issue caused the lights to dim in the venue, briefly suspending the competition until power was restored.  

Crowned USA Weightlifting National Champions Friday:

48kg - Alyssa Ritchey (Fort Collins, Colorado, Team Juggernaut) (78kg snatch / 96kg clean & jerk / 174kg total)

53kg - Caitlin Hogan (Long Beach, California, Waxman's Gym) (84kg snatch / 106kg clean & jerk / 190kg total)

56kg - Michael Fox (Rose Hill, Kansas, Team Juggernaut) (106kg snatch / 132kg clean & jerk / 238kg total)

58kg - Jessica Lucero (Tustin, California, Catalyst Athletics) (92kg snatch / 116kg clean & jerk / 208kg total)

62kg - Derrick Johnson (West Hollywood, California, Texas Barbell Club) (120kg snatch / 142kg clean & jerk / 262kg total)

Male 69kg - John Stang (Corvallis, Oregon, Mash Mafia Weightlifting) (123 kg Snatch / 153 kg clean & jerk / 278kg total)

77kg - Angelo Bianco (Las Vegas, Nevada, Average Broz Gymnasium) (145kg snatch / 175kg clean & jerk / 320kg total)

Saturday brings more excitement with the women’s 69kg A session and defending National Champion Mattie Rogers (Orlando, Florida, Florida Elite). National Champions will also be crowned in the 63kg, 85kg and 94kg weight categories.

Full lifting schedule

Lifting gets started at 8AM Central time Saturday. LIVE stream available by clicking here