On November 7th the Northeastern university Women’s Powerlifting team traveled to the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut with 11 members ready to compete. Six new members stepped on to the platform for the first time alongside 5 veterans all hoping to achieve new personal records and qualify for collegiate nationals.
The competition this year was tougher than ever before due to the increasing size of women’s teams across the Northeast with the growing popularity of our sport.
In the -57 kg weight class, Melissa Ho and Casey Landry battled against Bianca Thomas from Worcester state University. This was Melissa’s first meet and she successfully completed an impressive 7 out of her 9 attempts. Melissa got all of her squats finishing with 67.5 kg (148.8 lbs), she benched 40 kg (88.2 lbs), and deadlifted 75 kg (165.3 lbs) securing a third place finish. Casey had a perfect meet going 9 for 9 with a final squat of 90 kg (198.4 lbs), bench of 42.5 kg (93.6 lbs), and deadlift of 115 kg (253.5 lbs). Casey finished in second place with a massive 42.5 kg gain on her raw total from last year.
In the -63 kg weight class, Northeastern had 3 lifters compete; Jordan Green, Abbey Clapp, and Sharmin Mahmud. Sharmin ended the day with a 75 kg (165.3 lbs) squat, 42.5 kg (93.6 lbs) bench, and she went 3/3 on her deadlifts getting 95 kg (209.4 lbs). Abbey squatted 92.5 kg (203.9 lbs), benched 50 kg (110.2 lbs), and deadlifted 105 kg (231.4 lbs). This raw total qualified Abbey for Collegiate Nationals, which is an incredible achievement for a first year lifter. Jordan Green closed out the weight class and won first place against tough competition from the University of Rhode Island. Jordan had a near perfect meet going 8/9 with a 122.5 kg (270 lbs) squat, 75 kg (165.3 lbs) bench, and 150 kg (330.7 lbs) deadlift. Jordan also made a huge gain an added 37.5 kg to her raw total from last year.
The -72 kg weight class also had three Northeastern lifters; Kelsey McCarthy, Kate Driscoll, and Karnee Berejiklian. Karnee had a great meet going 7/9 with a 92.5 kg (203.9 lbs) squat, 50 kg (110.2 lbs) bench, and 107.5 kg (236.9 lbs) deadlift. Kate also went 7/9 with a 110 kg (242.5 lbs) squat, 62.5 kg (137.7 lbs) bench, and 137.5 kg (303.1 lbs) deadlift. Kate also qualified for Collegiate Nationals with this raw total and will be competing in Providence in April. Kelsey McCarthy had an amazing meet going 8/9 with a 150 kg (330.6 lbs) squat, 72.5 kg (159.8 lbs), and huge 175 kg (385.8 lbs) deadlift. Kelsey not only won her weight class but she won best overall lifter, which means pound for pound she was stronger than everyone else. Kelsey added 45 kg to her raw total in just 3 months since a meet she did this summer.
In the -84 kg weight class Northeastern had 2 lifters, rookie Hana Shuck and 1 year veteran Corinne Bowers. Corinne had a perfect meet going 9/9 with a 105 kg (231.4 lbs) squat, 62.5 kg (137.7 lbs) bench, and 120 kg (264.5 lbs) deadlift. Corinne added a massive 55 kg to her raw total from last year and got third place in the -84 kg weight class. Hana also had a fantastic meet going 8/9 with a 112.5 kg (248 lbs) squat, 62.5 kg (137.7 lbs) bench, and a 130 kg (286.6 lbs) deadlift. Hana not only qualified for Collegiate Nationals with her total, but she won her weight class going against older lifters at the very first meet she competed in.
Finally in the 84+ kg weight class only veteran Moriah Buckwalter competed for Northeastern. Moriah also had a perfect meet going 9/9 with a 122.5 kg (270 lbs) squat, 67.5 kg (148.8 lbs) bench, and 145 kg (319.6 lbs) deadlift. Moriah won first in her weight class and added a huge 52.5 kg to her raw total from last year.
Overall the Northeastern University Women’s Powerlifting team won first place against other teams in the northeast like the University of Rhode Island and Boston College to name a few. The rest of our members who did not compete at this meet will be competing in December at the 2015 American Open in Boston, MA. Next semester all of our lifters will be getting into gear and preparing for Collegiate Nationals where we will be defending our 2nd place standing and coming for first.