River Ridge's LiCalsi wins second national weightlifting title
Alexis LiCalsi won her second national weightlifting title Sunday in Dearborn, Mich. The River Ridge High senior won the 63-kilogram (135-pound) title in the USA Weightlifting School Age competition. She won the girls 16- and 17-year-old class. LiCalsi had a 69K (151.8 pounds) snatch and an 86K (190 pounds) clean and jerk. She attempted a lift for a national record (202 pounds) but was unable to clear the lift.LiCalsi won her first national title last year in Georgia. She took second in the 139-pound class at the FHSAA girls state weightlifting meet in Kissimmee. She set a state record with a 195-pound clean and jerk. She also had a 165-pound bench press. LiCalsi was very happy about the national title. "I am pretty proud of myself," she said. "I do my best every time. It was more difficult this year. We were neck and neck. I kept focused. A girl from California was my main competition. She pushed me. "I am just grateful that I could come here to lift and that Coach DeGennaro, my Mom, Kathy, and my twin sister, Amber, were there to watch. The rest of my family watched it online." Her high school coach was also rejoicing over her major victory. "I think it's great,'' said River Ridge girls weightlifting coach Mike DeGennaro. "She had pretty good competition. We wanted to go for a national record. She beat a girl out of California who has been nationally ranked. She works hard and I am real happy for her." DeGennaro said LiCalsi was in the running to be selected for the USA Weightlifting team. If chosen, LiCalsi could go to a camp near the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs, Colo. Selections will be made in the next few weeks. He also talked to a few coaches about her possibly getting a college scholarship for weightlifting. McAmis wins title Shannon McAmis won the 53K (116-pound) title Saturday at the Sunshine State Games in Lakeland. McAmis, a senior at River Ridge, had a lift of 99 pounds in the snatch category and lifted 136.4 pounds in the clean and jerk to win the state title. McAmis competed at the FHSAA state meet in Kissimmee in February.
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