USA Weightlifting Announces 2017 Summer Universiade Team

Earlier tonight, USA Weightlifting announced the official lineup for their Summer Universiade Team, the group of young American athletes who are headed to Taipei to compete from August 19-30 of this year.

The Summer Universiade is held every two years by the International University Sport Federation.

Earlier this month, USA Weightlifting’s University & Under 25 National Championships served as the final qualifier for the Universiade. At that competition, 58kg lifter Taylor Turner broke a nearly 15-year-old Junior American Record in the snatch to highlight an eventful weekend in Gainesville, Florida.

The full roster for both the Men and Women is below. Congrats to all the team members!

Team USA Men

Name Weight Category Hometown Club College/University
Christian Rodriguez-Ocasio 85kg Toa Baja, Puerto Rico Stoneage Weightlifting Club East Tennessee State University
Zachary Karlins 85kg Orlando, FL Florida Elite University of Central Florida
Darren Barnes 56kg St Louis, MO East Coast Gold Lindenwood University
Andrew Cheung 56kg Richmond, CA Sense Gym Weightlifting Midwestern University
Jake Baker 105kg Aurora, CO Delta Weightlifting California State University, Sacramento
Drake Thompson 105kg Englewood, OH Pinnacle Weightlifting Sinclair Community College
David Jorge +105kg Morristown, NJ East Coast Gold Union County College
Javier Pagliery +105kg Miami, FL Team Soul Miami St. Thomas University


Team USA Women

Name Weight Category Hometown Club College/University
Shannon McNames 48kg Wilmington, DE West Chester Weighlifting West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Roberts 58kg Snellville, GA East Alamama Weightlifting University of North Georgia
Taylor Turner 58kg Saint Augustine, FL Vero Beach Weightlifting Northern Michigan University
Adrianne Acosta 63kg Forest Lake, MN Mash Mafia Weightlifting Herzing University
Kristin Pope 63kg Atlanta, GA Team Juggernaut CCC
Danielle Hudes 69kg Medford, NJ East Coast Gold Pima Medical Institute
Sylvia Hoffman 69kg Philadelphia, PA East Coast Gold Pikes Peak Community College
Ruby Haman 75kg Colorado Springs, CO Pinnacle Weightlifting University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Nick English contributed reporting to this article.