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UL Power Lifting is 2009 National Champions

The "weight" is over for the Ragin Cajuns

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 3:57pm

Last year was hard for the Ragin Cajuns' powerlifters. The men's team came in second place to Louisiana Tech and they admitted that week that beign #2 hurts.

But this year was a different story. The Ragin Cajuns Powerlifting team didn't have to strain too hard when hoisting their National Championship trophy last Saturday. All the heavy lifting was over.

UL smashed the competition in Baton Rouge to walk home with some heavy duty hardware. The women's team finished 3rd in the nation while the men outlifted everyone, good enough for a composite second place. Below is the team president summary:

On March 29th The University of Louisiana-Lafayette Men’s and Women’s powerlifting teams made history in Baton Rouge at the Collegiate Powerlifting Nationals. The Men’s team claimed their first ever National Championship on Sunday, edging out more than thirty schools for the title. After coming in second, by one point, to Louisiana Tech at the 2008 National Championships the men’s team went into this meet with the one goal of winning it all.

On the first day of the three day meet, Justin Doan placed 2nd in the 114 pound class. Chris Wright placed 3rd in the 132 class while Demetrius Thomas placed 5th. Mike Broussard won the 148 pound class national championship for the second year in a row, as well as the best male lightweight lifter. Along with his individual win, Mike Broussard broke the collegiate American bench press record with a bench of 385 pounds. Also lifting in the 148 pound class was Joshua Guillory who came in 14th. The second day held some of the largest flights of lifters but the ULL men were strong and made an impact.

Sam Bennett gained national champion status by winning the 165 pound weight class. Bennett set the Teenage American Bench Press record, Collegiate Bench press record, and Collegiate National collegiate bench press records with a strong bench of 440 pounds. Brice Higgonbotham also had a strong performance in the 165 weight class coming in 3rd place. In the 181 weight class Cameron Barrilleaux placed 18th and James Cole came in 33rd. J.P. Vincent placed 11th and Alex Thomson 13th in the 198 weight class. Going into the last day of competition UL had three lifters left.

The pressure was high but the men proved that they would not be beat, with a strong final showing. Senior/Men’s team Captain; Kerry Louque battled a tough 242 pound weight class to come out with a 3rd place finish. Colin White and Tyler Traweek were the last lifters of the day in the 275 pound weight class. White came in 3rd place and Traweek came in 12th. Adam Crepelle, Billy Naquin, and Matt Whitehurst also participated in the meet.

Other Men’s teams that placed in the top twelve were Louisiana Tech, University of Texas- San Antonio, Army, LSU, Texas A & M, Florida Gulf Coast University, Penn State, University of Texas, Sam Houston State, Navy, and Kent State.

The Women’s team placed third in the nation with only six lifters finishing the meet. Adrianne Thibodeaux placed 3rd and Terrilyn Cormier placed 6th in the 114 pound class. In the 123 pound weight class Elizabeth Fletcher placed 8th. Senior Women’s team Captain, Abby Holmes finished up her collegiate powerlifting career with a 2nd place finish in the 165 weight class.

Melissa Scott claimed the 198 pound national championship, which is the first for a ULL woman lifter in many years. Mary Diana Bradley placed 2nd in the 198 pound class. Ena Peebles also participated in the meet. Coming in first place for the women’s title was LSU, second was Texas A & M, over ULL by 2 points. Rounding out the top six were Navy, Louisiana Tech, and Penn State.

After a short break the team will start training for next year’s meets, which include Collegiate Nationals in Orlando, Florida.