UTSA women's powerlifting wins first national championship in club sports

UTSA women's powerlifting team

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(May 1, 2014) -- UTSA Club Powerlifting sent 25 competitors to the 2014 USAPL Collegiate Nationals in Orlando, Fla., in April. The women's team won the National Championship Title with three individual championship titles, a top-three finish and three top-10 finishes. This is the first national title for UTSA club sports.

Molly Zunker, a senior from Thrall, won the national title for her weight class (47 kg/103.6 lbs.) for her fourth national title. Zunker also won national titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Allegra Hudson, a junior from Wylie, won the national title in her weight class (43 kg/94.7 lbs.). Victoria Vargas, a sophomore from Moore, won the national title in her 52 kg./114.6 lbs. weight class.

Following UTSA Women's Club Powerlifting were the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (second place) and the University of Texas at Austin (third place).

The men's powerlifting club finished third. Nine of their 18 competitors finished in the top 10. Two teammates won second place in each of their weight classes: Eduardo Estrada, a freshman from Gonzales (59 kg./130.0 lbs.), and Bryce Siecko, a senior from Tomball (83 kg./182.9 lbs.). Mauricio Valdez, a junior from San Angelo, won third place, behind Siecko, in the same weight class.

The club has produced individual national champions for five years running. Molly Zunker started the streak in 2010, and continued that trend in 2011 and 2012. Jeff Button won an individual national champion title in 2013. This year, Zunker was joined by her teammates Hudson and Vargas to keep the winning streak strong.

UTSA Campus Recreation, in support of its vision to be a recognized leader in student development and collegiate recreation, supports students each year to represent UTSA at Club Sports regional and national tournaments.