Recalculation: FPC and Spruce Creek women’s weightlifting teams tied for district title

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After the spectators and all the other weightlifters and their coaches left the building, Flagler Palm Coast coach Duane Hagstrom quietly spoke to his weightlifting daughters.

Hagstrom ended the District 4-3A meet on Jan. 19 by announcing that Spruce Creek won the bench press/clean and jerk title by one point on FPC. The Bulldogs posed for photos with the second place trophy and the Hawks posed with the championship trophy.

Hagstrom told his lifters that in 2016, when the FPC men’s team finished second in the state, they didn’t win any conference, district or region titles.

It turns out that this information does not apply. The scores were recalculated later that night, and it was discovered that FPC and Spruce Creek were actually tied for the title with 65 points apiece. It made for two tag team championships that night for the Bulldogs, who also won the title in the new snatch competition.

FPC also won both competitions at the Five Star Conference meeting on December 16.

“Coach (David) Nelson (of Spruce Creek) and I are friends,” Hagstrom said. “I’m always happy to see them succeed.”

FPC has qualified 19 lifters for the Jan. 29 meet from Region 1-3A, which it will also host. Thirteen FPC lifters will compete in both the snatch and bench/clean and jerk competitions. The Bulldogs will have 18 entries in the snatch competition and 16 in the bench/clean and jerk.

“The most lifters we supported was eight,” Hagstrom told his team. “I think this year we can probably (qualify) 12 or 13.”

Several FPC lifters set personal bests during the meet. Annie Buchanan is on track to repeat as the state champion at 199 pounds. Buchanan lifted a total of 450 pounds at state last year and lifted 440 at this year’s district meet. She might have been able to match that total of 450, but she decided to increase 20 pounds, from 205 to 225, on her last clean and jerk attempt and was unsuccessful.

Brianna Tucker, a freshman weightlifter, broke her personal best of 15 pounds in the clean and jerk with a lift of 150 pounds. Tucker finished third in the bench/clean and jerk and fourth in the snatch to qualify for both regionally in the 129-pound class.

“Bri had a monster day for her,” Hagstrom said. “And she must have lost four pounds in the last two days (before the competition).”

Madeline Brinker won the snatch event at 101 pounds after learning the lift just three days before the competition, Hagstrom said.

Aryannah Rosa (101-pound class), Aun’yale Howard (139), Buchanan (199) and Colleen Haaf (unlimited) won championship medals in both events.

“My main goal every year is not to win the district championship, but to qualify as much as possible and finish as high as possible in the state,” Hagstrom said.

But he had to admit that district titles were cool too.

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