BATON ROUGE, LA — The LSU Women’s Powerlifting Club took home its fourth national championship at the USA Powerlifting Collegiate Nationals on April 20 in Killen, Texas. The team has previously won championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
In addition to bringing back another team title to Baton Rouge, several Tiger lifters were crowned individual national champions. Allegra Hudson in the 103-pound weight class, Kayli Alphonso in the 114-pound weight class and Ariel Parker in the 184-pound class all earned first-place honors. Additionally, Team Captain Jackie Victoriano also picked up a third-place medal in the 138-pound class.
The LSU men’s team was a strong contender, but just missed taking home first, as the University of Texas won the national title. LSU finished fourth in the event, with second-place individual honors earned by lifters Malcolm Richard in the 264-pound class and Garrett Bottesy Bailey in the 205-pound weight class. Taylor James-Lightner won a third-place medal in the super heavyweight class.
The men’s club has previously won national championships in 2007 and 2012. The two teams have also won three combined titles since 2007.