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

NameWeight CategoryHometownClubCollege/University
Christian Rodriguez-Ocasio85kgToa Baja, Puerto RicoStoneage Weightlifting ClubEast Tennessee State University
Zachary Karlins85kgOrlando, FLFlorida EliteUniversity of Central Florida
Darren Barnes56kgSt Louis, MOEast Coast GoldLindenwood University
Andrew Cheung56kgRichmond, CASense Gym WeightliftingMidwestern University
Jake Baker105kgAurora, CODelta WeightliftingCalifornia State University, Sacramento
Drake Thompson105kgEnglewood, OHPinnacle WeightliftingSinclair Community College
David Jorge+105kgMorristown, NJEast Coast GoldUnion County College
Javier Pagliery+105kgMiami, FLTeam Soul MiamiSt. Thomas University


Team USA Women

NameWeight CategoryHometownClubCollege/University
Shannon McNames48kgWilmington, DEWest Chester WeighliftingWest Chester University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Roberts58kgSnellville, GAEast Alamama WeightliftingUniversity of North Georgia
Taylor Turner58kgSaint Augustine, FLVero Beach WeightliftingNorthern Michigan University
Adrianne Acosta63kgForest Lake, MNMash Mafia WeightliftingHerzing University
Kristin Pope63kgAtlanta, GATeam JuggernautCCC
Danielle Hudes69kgMedford, NJEast Coast GoldPima Medical Institute
Sylvia Hoffman69kgPhiladelphia, PAEast Coast GoldPikes Peak Community College
Ruby Haman75kgColorado Springs, COPinnacle WeightliftingUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Nick English contributed reporting to this article.