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Meet TCPalm’s 2022-23 Girls Weightlifting All-Area Team

SportsMeet TCPalm's 2022-23 Girls Weightlifting All-Area Team

It was another excellent season for the strongest girls on the Treasure Coast as the area produced 31 state qualifiers and at the state meet, a total of 10 medals were claimed.

Vero Beach, after winning their seventh straight district and regional championships as a team, produced the most state medals as three lifters brought home five combined medals with three of those gold medals.

Seniors Arianna Keyes and Karma French took the top spots in their weight classes with Keyes sweeping the traditional and Olympic lifts and French winning at the Olympic lifts to help Vero Beach finish in third as a team in the Olympic lifts.

Led by Keyes and French, who became the fifth and sixth competitors from Vero Beach to win individual state championships, the team again led the area at the state tournament finishing in a tie for third as a team in the Olympic lifts and was sixth in the traditional lifts.

Lifter of the Year

Arianna Keyes, Vero Beach

Vero Beach's Arianna Keyes competes in the snatch event as part of the Olympic lifts portion of the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Year: Senior

Highlights: In her lone season for Vero Beach after competing at Centennial her prior three years, Keyes made giant leaps with her strength to proper her to success at the state championships. After winning district and regional titles in the Olympic and traditional lifts, Keyes achieved a new state record in the snatch for the unlimited division in 3A with a lift of 170 pounds and added lifts of 195 on the bench press and 215 for the clean-and-jerk for totals of 365 pounds in the Olympic lifts and 410 pounds for the traditional lifts to win state titles.

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First Team

Karma French, Vero Beach

Vero Beach's Karma French competes in the snatch event as part of the Olympic lifts portion of the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland. French won the gold medal in the Olympic lifts at 110 pounds in 3A.

Year: Senior

Highlights: French won district and regional titles in the Olympic and traditional lifts and delivered a memorable performance at the state championship, lifting 125 pounds for the snatch and 160 pounds on the clean-and-jerk for a 285-pound total that won the state title in the Olympic lifts at 110 pounds in 3A. French added a lift of 130 pounds on the bench press for a total of 290 pounds in the traditional lifts to earn a bronze medal.

Aliciana McCloyne, Treasure Coast

Year: Senior

Treasure Coast's Aliciana McCloyne competes in the clean-and-jerk event as part of the Olympic lifts portion of the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Highlights: In her final high school season, McCloyne had an excellent season finishing up with a bronze medal in Olympic lifts at 154 pounds in 3A with 145 pounds on the snatch and 180 pounds on the clean-and-jerk for a 325-pound total. McCloyne also won district and regional titles in the Olympic and traditional lifts, finishing ninth at state in the traditional lifts.

Sophia Gannascoli, Jensen Beach

Year: Senior

Highlights: Specializing in the traditional lifts, Gannscoli had a big senior season winning district and regional championships before finishing fourth at the state championship at 139 pounds in 2A with lifts of 160 pounds on the clean-and-jerk and 170 pounds on the bench press for a 330-pound total.

Jensen Beach's Sophia Gannascoli competes in the clean-and-jerk event as part of the Olympic lifts portion of the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Enyjai Tyson, Vero Beach

Year: Junior

Highlights: Tyson made big strides from her sophomore year and first won district and regional titles in the Olympic and traditional lifts before winning two state medals. Tyson took fourth in the traditional lifts (390 pounds) and fifth in the Olympic lifts (345 pounds) with lifts of 145 pounds on the snatch and 195 pounds on both the bench press and clean-and-jerk.

Vero Beach's Enyjai Tyson competes in the clean-and-jerk event as part of the Olympic lifts portion of the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Vanessa Hernandez, Sebastian River

Year: Senior

Highlights: Hernandez was a district champion in both the Olympic and traditional lifts at 119 pounds before finishing fourth in the Olympic lifts at the state championship in 2A, putting up 110 pounds on the snatch and 150 pounds for the clean-and-jerk for a 260-pound total and added a seventh place finish in the traditional lifts.

Sebastian River's Vanessa Hernandez competes in the clean-and-jerk event as part of the Olympic lifts portion of the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Isabella Ramirez, John Carroll Catholic

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Ramirez won district and regional titles in the unlimited division and at the state tournament brought home a fourth place finish in 1A with lifts of 130 pounds on the snatch and 190 pounds for the clean-and-jerk for a 320-pound total.

John Carroll Catholic sophomore Isabella Ramirez took fourth place in the 1A unlimited division for the Olympic lifts at the FHSAA Girls Weightlifting Championships that took place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

Mollie McCain, Vero Beach

Year: Junior

Highlights: McCain won district titles in both the Olympic and traditional lifts, was a regional champion in the Olympic lifts and at the state tournament finished eighth in the Olympic lifts and tenth in the traditional lifts in 3A at 183 pounds.

Bliss Weiler, South Fork

Year: Junior

Highlights: Weiler was a district runner-up in both the Olympic and traditional lifts and at the state tournament finished eighth in the Olympic lifts and tenth in the traditional lifts in 2A at 110 pounds.

Sydney Thompson, Vero Beach

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Thompson was a district and regional runner-up in both the Olympic and traditional lifts and at the state tournament finished ninth in the Olympic lifts and 11th in the traditional lifts in 3A at 110 pounds.

Kendall Lopez, Centennial

Year: Junior

Highlights: Lopez was a district and regional champion in the traditional lifts and at the state tournament finished 11th in the traditional lifts and 15th in the Olympic lifts in 3A at 101 pounds.

Karen Martinez, Vero Beach

Year: Senior

Highlights: Martinez was a district and regional champion in both the Olympic and traditional lifts and at the state tournament finished 16th in the Olympic lifts and 18th in the traditional lifts in 3A at 119 pounds.

Mikale Lemons, John Carroll Catholic

Year: Sophomore

Highlights: Lemons was a district champion in both the Olympic and traditional lifts and at the state tournament finished 15th in the Olympic lifts and was also 15th in the traditional lifts in 1A at 154 pounds.

Erin Kleinschmidt, Vero Beach

Year: Junior

Highlights: Kleinschmidt was a district and regional champion in the traditional and Olympic lifts and at the state tournament finished 18th in the Olympic lifts in 3A at 183 pounds.

Ava Sesack, Vero Beach

Year: Junior

Highlights: Sesack was a district runner-up in the Olympic lifts, won the regional title in the Olympic lifts and at the state tournament finished 19th in the Olympic lifts in 3A at 129 pounds.

Honorable Mention

Nikayia Wilder, Fort Pierce Central senior, unlimited

Cayle Bihl, Vero Beach sophomore, 101 pounds

Jada Mosley, Vero Beach sophomore, 169 pounds

Carol Martinez, Vero Beach sophomore, 139 pounds

Carlie Kovaleski, Vero Beach junior, 119 pounds

Grace Thomas, Jensen Beach junior, 119 pounds

Olivia Gilliard, Jensen Beach sophomore, 129 pounds

Madison Montgomery, Martin County junior, 139 pounds

Ashli Sivalls, Treasure Coast junior, 119 pounds

Amonty Johnson, Sebastian River senior, unlimited

Paisley Bergen, South Fork sophomore, 119 pounds

Alani Moody, John Carroll Catholic sophomore, 183 pounds

Evemya Joesph, John Carroll Catholic freshman, 183 pounds

Ariadne Rodriguez, John Carroll Catholic sophomore, 183 pounds

Makayla Williams, Centennial junior, unlimited

Kayley McElligott, South Fork senior, 119 pounds

Emmalee Abbott, Treasure Coast sophomore, 129 pounds

Coach of the Year

Pete DeLuke, Vero Beach

Highlights: With one of his youngest teams ever, DeLuke led Vero Beach to their seventh straight district and regional titles and had 12 state qualifiers. Under DeLuke, Keyes and French became the fifth and sixth athletes to win individual state championships.

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