USA Weightlifting Announces Senior Pan American Championships Team

Check out the full team rosters for the Pan American Championships!

Earlier today, USA Weightlifting announced the roster of athletes that will be competing at the 2019 Pan American Championships. The 2019 Pan American Championships are set to take place on April 20-28 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This competition is a big deal for a handful of athletes, as it’s a Gold qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

What does that mean? In order to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, athletes must compete in a total of six events in the span of the 18-month Olympic Games qualification period. This 18-month qualification timeline is broken into three different periods, and athletes must have competed in at least one event during each time period and must have accrued a total of one Gold-level event, and a second Gold or Silver-level event. This means that this competition is checking a major Games qualification box for many Olympic hopefuls.

Keep in mind, this event is the Pan American Championships, and not the Pan American Games (a silver-level event), which are being in July in Lima, Peru. USA Weightlifting stated in their press release that the Pan American Games team will be announced in the spring. 

Pan American Championships Teams

Check out the full team rosters below, which come directly from USA Weightlifting’s press release. Note, an asterisk next to an athlete’s name means reserve. 

Men’s Pan American Championships Team

Name BW CAT Hometown Coach Club
Jordan Wissinger 67kg Denver, PA Dane Miller Garage Strength
Alex Lee 67kg Chandler, AZ Shahin Nasirnia Alee Athletics
CJ Cummings 73kg Beaufort, SC Rayford Jones Team Divergent
Harrison Maurus 81kg Auburn, WA Kevin Simons Alpha Barbell
Christian Rodriguez Ocasio 81kg San Ramon, CA David Spitz California Strength
Jordan Cantrell 89kg Clovis, CA Travis Mash Mash Mafia Weightlifting
John Downey* 89kg Irvine, CA Russell McCarthy Barbells for Boobs Weightlifting
Jason Bonnick 96kg Laxahatchee, FL Brian Secrest Vero Beach Weightlifting
D’Angelo Osorio 102kg Vallejo, CA Rob Earwicker Lift 6 for 6 Weightlifting
Wes Kitts 109kg San Ramon, CA David Spitz California Strength
Caine Wilkes +109kg Matthews, NC Chris Wilkes Little League Weightlifting
Keiser Witte* +109kg Phoenix, AZ Shahin Nasirnia Alee Athletics

Women’s Pan American Championships Team

Name BW CAT Hometown Coach Club
Alyssa Ritchey 49kg Perrysburg, OH Max Aita Team Juggernaut
Morghan King 49kg Atlanta, GA Spencer Arnold Power & Grace Performance
Jourdan Delacruz 55kg Atlanta, GA Spencer Arnold Power & Grace Performance
Caitlin Hogan 55kg Long Beach, CA Russell McCarthy Academy of Weightlifting
Jessica Lucero 59kg Orange, CA Juan Martinez Baro Academy of Weightlifting
Taylor Turner* 59kg St. Johns, FL Vance Newguard Vero Beach Weightlifting
Mattie Sasser 64kg Chicago, IL Dave Ester Unattached
Hunter Elam* 64kg Lewisville, NC Travis Mash Mash Mafia Weightlifting
Mattie Rogers 71kg Orlando, FL Danny Camargo Team OC
Kate Nye 71kg Oakland Township, MI Josh Galloway Team Hercules
Jenny Arthur 76kg Colorado Springs, CO Kevin Doherty Unattached
Sarah Robles +87kg League City, TX Tim Swords Team Houston

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