Team USA making final preparations in Houston ahead of 2019 Pan American Championships

By Kelsey Kennedy | April 17, 2019, 3:20 p.m. (ET)

(Houston, TX) April 17, 2019 -- Members of Team USA arrived  in Houston Wednesday to make last minute preparations for next week’s Pan American Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Texas Strength Weightlifting Center is hosting the athletes for training sessions twice per day until April 25th, when the last athletes head to Guatemala City for the competition.


USA Weightlifting’s Senior Director of Sports Performance and Coaching Education, Mike Gattone and Technical Director, Pyrros Dimas will be on hand through the weekend as athletes and personal coaches prepare for the first gold level qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games of the calendar year. Athletes will leave for Guatemala in shifts, according to the date of their competition.


The 2019 Pan American Championships have major implications for athletes with Olympic dreams. It’s the second of four senior gold level qualifying events this quad. Qualifiers are ranked gold, silver and bronze to indicate the weight given to ROBI scores from the competition, with gold being the highest.


Team USA Women:


Name

BW CAT

Hometown

Coach

Club

Alyssa Ritchey

49kg

Perrysburg, OH

Max Aita

Team Juggernaut

Morghan King

49kg

Atlanta, GA

Spencer Arnold

Power & Grace Performance

Jourdan Delacruz

55kg

Atlanta, GA

Spencer Arnold

Power & Grace Performance

Caitlin Hogan

55kg

Long Beach, CA

Russell McCarthy

Academy of Weightlifting

Jessica Lucero

59kg

Orange, CA

Juan Martinez Baro

Academy of Weightlifting

Taylor Turner*

59kg

St. Johns, FL

Vance Newgard

Vero Beach Weightlifting

Mattie Sasser

64kg

Chicago, IL

Dave Ester

Unattached

Hunter Elam*

64kg

Lewisville, NC

Travis Mash

Mash Mafia Weightlifting

Mattie Rogers

71kg

Orlando, FL

Danny Camargo

Team OC

Kate Nye

71kg

Oakland Township, MI

Josh Galloway

Team Hercules

Jenny Arthur

76kg

Colorado Springs, CO

Kevin Doherty

Unattached

Sarah Robles

+87kg

League City, TX

Tim Swords

Team Houston




Team USA Men:


Name

BW CAT

Hometown

Coach

Club

Jordan Wissinger

67kg

Denver, PA

Dane Miller

Garage Strength

Alex Lee

67kg

Chandler, AZ

Shahin Nasirnia

Alee Athletics

CJ Cummings

73kg

Beaufort, SC

Rayford Jones

Team Divergent

Harrison Maurus

81kg

Auburn, WA

Kevin Simons

Alpha Barbell

Christian Rodriguez Ocasio

81kg

San Ramon, CA

David Spitz

California Strength

Jordan Cantrell

89kg

Clovis, CA

Travis Mash

Mash Mafia Weightlifting

John Downey*

89kg

Irvine, CA

Russell McCarthy

Barbells for Boobs Weightlifting

Jason Bonnick

96kg

Laxahatchee, FL

Brian Secrest

Vero Beach Weightlifting

D’Angelo Osorio

102kg

Vallejo, CA

Rob Earwicker

Lift 6 for 6 Weightlifting

Wes Kitts

109kg

San Ramon, CA

David Spitz

California Strength

Caine Wilkes

+109kg

Matthews, NC

Chris Wilkes

Little League Weightlifting

Keiser Witte*

+109kg

Phoenix, AZ

Shahin Nasirnia

Alee Athletics



A schedule will be posted once the start list is finalized. Find the live stream from Guatemala City HERE if and when it becomes available.