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Waller HS Student Medals at State Powerlifting Competition

Photo of Samantha Lopez March 16 Waller High School (WHS) student Samantha Lopez competed in the Girls State Powerlifting Meet in Waco. It was Lopez’s first-year as a member of the WHS Powerlifting team, and she brought home the fifth-place medal. Powerlifting competitions consist of completing three attempts in three events: squat, bench press, and deadlift. On any attempt, if competitors cannot successfully lift two out of three lifts they are out of the competition, or disqualified if they drop the bar by releasing it.

Lopez competed in the 165 pound weight class and was initially ranked 16th out of 19 lifters. At the end of the squat and bench competitions, Lopez was in 12th place, falling 90 pounds behind for a medal. After the first two attempts in deadlift, she moved to ninth place, 20 pounds behind a medal. For her last attempt, Lopez was scheduled to be the final competitor. She was able to successfully pull 375 pounds, moving her to the fifth-place medal winner. She totaled 330 pound in squat, 130 in bench press, and 375 in deadlift.

“I am extremely proud of her determination and commitment to competing,” WHS Powerlifting Coach Michael Atwood said. “Her accomplishments are due to her hard work.”

In preparation, Lopez, along with the WHS Powerlifting team, trained three days a week. She medaled in the top three places at three invitationals meets including Magnolia, Montgomery, and Waller. She finished third at Regionals competing against all Division 1, which includes 5A and 6A schools, and won second place in 5A. Only the top two places in 5A at Regionals advance to State. Since the beginning of season in December, Lopez has increased her squat weight over 100 pounds, bench press 25 pounds, and deadlift 125 pounds.