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Sweetwaterâ€™s girls scored 24 points to win the team title at the season-opening powerlifting meet Thursday in Big Spring, beating out Colorado City (23 points) and Big Spring (22).
The Sweetwater boys also went to Big Spring and fin-ished with 22 points for fourth place. Lake View won the division with 45 points.
The only weight class winner for the Sweetwater girls was Nay Gonzales, who lifted a total of 560 pounds in the 220-pound class.
However, two Sweetwater athletes placed second in their divisions â€” Alexis Thompson in the 114-pound class (450 pounds) and Valeria Zavaleta in the 123-pound class (500 pounds). Thompson was also third (99.52) in the bench press for lifters in the 97-to-165-pound classes.
Also for Sweetwater, Tier-ra Brown was third in the 132-pound class (470 pounds) and Mikki Reschman was third in the 148-pound class (615 pounds). Kristi Ward got the other team point by placing fifth in the 148-pound class with a total lift of 580 pounds.
For Sweetwaterâ€™s boys, the only individual weight class winner at Big Spring was Donald Baker, who won the 148-pound class by lifting 980 pounds. Jay Lomas (840) was second in the 132-pound class; Kendall Rea (1,130) was third in the 242-pound class; and Trey Harvey (815) in the 148-pound class and Steven Le (955) in the 165-pound class were fourth.
Three athletes were fifth â€” Brett Ashley (295) in the 114-pound class, Max Nemir (765) in the 148-pound clss and Austin Marlett (1,010) in the 181-pound class.
Both Sweetwater teams will compete again Saturday at Dublin, as well at Abil-ene Cooper on Feb. 1 and Clyde on Feb. 7.
Sweetwaterâ€™s teams will then host their own meet, the annual Arlon Barnes Classic, on Feb. 14 and the boys have a final qualifying meet on Feb. 23 at Hawley.
The regional meet for the girls will be March 2 at Fort Stockton and the boys will have their regional meet the following week, March 9, at Sundown. The girlsâ€™ regional qualifiers will go to Corpus Christi March 16 for their state meet while the boysâ€™ regional qualifiers are in Abilene for their state meet, which is scheduled for March 23.