Girls weightlifting hosts Oviedo for senior night

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photo by Marietta Jordan

Senior Ava Thornsbury holds the bar above her head while completing a snatch of 115. The snatch movement was introduced last year to the competition and requires lifters to lift the bar from the ground to above their head in one movement.

It was senior night for girls weightlifting, and the nerves were high. For many seniors, it was their first time lifting in a regular season meet, but by the end of the night, the spirits were high as each senior was walked out and celebrated. 

For their second meet of the season the girls weightlifting team took on Oviedo on Nov. 16. Following the meet Hagerty hosted their senior night celebrating their 16 seniors. 

Hagerty defeated Oviedo with a 76-9 Olympic division win and 65-23 Traditional division win. 

To kick off the meet, the team started with the snatch movement, proceeded by clean and jerk and finally bench. New this year, the scoring system is divided into two divisions: Traditional and Olympic. Traditional scoring consists of the lifters total highest bench and clean and jerk while Olympic scoring consists of the lifters total highest clean and jerk and snatch. 

The team is one of the largest on campus, with 67 girls, many of whom are new to the team. 

Top performers against Oviedo included seniors Delaney Geiger and Ava Thornsbury along with juniors Bayley Basco and Elizabeth Ruplinger. 

“The team did really well and had a lot of energy and I personally did really good,”  Basco, who had two personal records, said. 

Basco took home first place in her weight class with a 150 clean and jerk, 115 bench and 120 pound snatch.

 The team only has two regular season meets remaining: at home against Lake Mary on Nov. 30 and their make-up meet on Dec. 7 at Winter Springs. After competing against Winter Springs two starters from each weight class will compete in the SAC Championships which will take place at Lyman on Jan. 11. 

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