- January 12, 2023
Matanzas and Flagler Palm Coast each won district girls weightlifting championships.
The Bulldogs swept the District 4-3A traditional and Olympic titles at University High School on Wednesday, Jan. 25. They will send 14 lifters to the regional championships on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Oakleaf High.
The Pirates won the traditional title and finished second behind New Smyrna Beach in the Olympic competition at the District 6-2A meet, which they hosted on Jan. 25. Matanzas is sending 13 lifters to the regional at Leesburg on Feb. 2.
Seabreeze is sending three lifters to Leesburg: Camilla Arellano, who won the district Olympic title at 129 pounds, and Rylie Deiter (110) and Charlotte Lowe (154) in the traditional competition.
FPC won 10 individual titles at district. Aryanna Rosa (119), Brianna Tucker (129), Chloe Long (145) and Midlyne Thomas (183) won both competitions. Leila Turner (139) and Zoey Gotera (unlimited) won the Olympic competition.
The Bulldogs qualified six other lifters in both competitions: Madeline Brinker (101), Angelis Rosa (101), Nereyda Campos (110), Alexa Calidonio (199), Ashlyn Hardy (199) and Colleen Haaf (unlimited). Sherlande Paul (154) and Kelsey Coyne (169) qualified in the Olympic competition.
Matanzas' Sarah Sanchez (154) and Samantha Simon (unlimited) won district championships in both competitions. Jordan Crews (129) and Maria Kelly (139) won titles in the traditional competition.
Kelly, Crews, Sanchez, Simon, Aiyana Reyes (101), Rilee Whitmore (169), Eva Ossler (183) and Alexi Rosario (199) advanced to regional in both competitions.
Aryanna DiFatta (110) advanced in the traditional competition, while Carina Tavares (119), Isabella Hille (183) and Kaitlin Kostal (199) advanced in the Olympic competition.
The traditional competition includes clean and jerk and bench press, while the Olympic competition also counts the clean and jerk along with the snatch lift.