GIRLS WEIGHTLIFTING: Jacobs wins 3rd consecutive state title

By Jordan Kroeger, SunCoast Sports

Twelve lifters made the trip to the state meet, helping the Tarpons to a fourth-place finish with a total of 13 points. Navarre finished with 22 points to win the team-title for the third in a row and the fourth time in the last five years (Sun Photo by Jordan Kroeger).

Twelve lifters made the trip to the state meet, helping the Tarpons to a fourth-place finish with a total of 13 points. Navarre finished with 22 points to win the team-title for the third in a row and the fourth time in the last five years (Sun Photo by Jordan Kroeger).

OCALA — No one can stop Charlotte High School’s Breanna Jacobs.

Not in 2015.

Not in 2016.

And not in 2017.

Jacobs won her third consecutive Class 2A state title Thursday to finish out her high school career, edging out teammate Sylvia Gardien by 15 total pounds in the 129-pound weight class at Belleview High School. Prior to Jacobs, no Tarpon had been ever crowned a state champion.

Now, she’s left a mark on the program that may never be touched.

“There will never be another Breanna Jacobs,” Charlotte coach Angie Nolan said. “That’s impressive, a three-time state champion. You can’t say never, but my gosh, that sure is tough to beat.”

“She brings a lot to our program. It’s more than her just being a competitor. Other girls aspire to be like her. They watch her walk, they want to walk like her. It’s just one of those things. And then you have Sylvia Gardien, and we were able to do the one-two punch in the 129s. What a day. What a great day in the 129s.”

Jacobs, who began the season in the 139 class before dropping weight back down to 129, finished with a total of 360 pounds — posting a bench press of 190 (she faulted on her final attempt for 200) and a clean-and-jerk of 170. She was so much stronger than the rest of the field that when she finally sat down for her first bench press, every other lifter in the class was already finished with their third and final lift.

But the long wait didn’t phase the Tarpon one bit.

“Getting the first in gave me a lot of confidence,” Jacobs said. “I knew I had some competition so I knew I had to do the best I could.”

Once Jacobs was done lifting, she watched on as Gardien took the mat for her final clean-and-jerk, which she nailed for 175 pounds to go along with her bench press of 170 for a 345 total. It was redemption for Gardien, who didn’t even medal at state a year ago after failing on all her clean-and-jerk attempts as she battled a kidney infection.

Last year was extremely disappointing for Gardien, who was expected to finish in the top-4 as a junior after placing sixth as a sophomore. But Gardien was all smiles on the medal stand Thursday evening, even if she couldn’t catch up to Jacobs.

“I’ve worked so hard for it. Summer, winter — all year,” Gardien said. “I tried getting first as hard as I could but B is incredible. That’s all I can say. She’s good.”

“She can bench 200. What kind of girl benches 200 that weighs 120 pounds? That’s unheard of.”

Twelve lifters made the trip to the state meet, helping the Tarpons to a fourth-place finish with a total of 13 points. Navarre finished with 22 points to win the team-title for the third in a row and the fourth time in the last five years.

Jena Trainor was the only other Tarpon to make it to the medal stand and she had to beat out teammate Natalie Jen to do so when the two finished in a four-way for fourth after finishing with totals of 265 pounds.

St. Cloud’s Destiny Lachendro and Bartram Trail’s Alexis Bauer won the original tiebreaker for fourth and fifth place via their original weigh-ins, but Trainor and Jen each weighed the same at their weigh-ins. That led to a post-lift weigh-in, which Trainor won.

“We had to fight it out for 6th place, which is just so heartbreaking to watch your teammates having to do it,” Nolan said. “They both weighed in the same, they both lifted the same total and here they are outside trying to sweat it off to go reweigh again. One’s going to come home with a medal and one’s not so a lot of highs and lows but what a great day.”

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team: 1. Navarre 22, 2. Spruce Creek 17, 3. New Smyrna 16, 4. Charlotte 13, 5. Timber Creek 10, T-6. Bartram Trail 9, T-6. Colonial 9, 8. Ocoee 8, T-9. Boca 7, T-9. Hagerty 7, T-9. Lake Mary 7, T-9. St. Cloud 7, T-9. Vero Beach 7, T-9. Wellington 7, T-15. Atlantic Coast 5, T-15. Lake Nona 5, T-15. Middleburg 5, T-15. Palmetto 5, T-15. Sunlake 5, T-20. Boone 4, T-20. Seminoles Ridge 4, T-22. Crestview 3, T-22. Sandalwood 3, T-24. Lakeland 2, T-24. Mandarin 2, 26. Freedom 0.

Individual 
101: 1. Payton Watson (N) 150-135-285, 2. Cheyanne Ducharme (H) 125-145-270, 3. Zeena Zayed (F) 130-135-265; 110: 1. Summer Daraio (SC) 155-145-300, 2. Rabiya Emruli (N) 140-145-285, 3. Alexis Oravets 140-135-275; 119: 1. Savannah Diel (N) 180-185-365, 2. Hilda Ortiz (TC) 150-165-315, 3. Melanie Romero (C) 135-175-310; 129: 1. Breanna Jacobs (CH) 190-170-360, 2. Sylvia Gardien (CH) 170-175-345, 3. Julia Fowler (B) 155-180-335;  139: 1. Ruth Boone (SC) 205-210-415, 2. Hannah Goodrich (NS) 170-175-345, 3. Neva Clinkscale (MB) 170-170-340; 154: 1. Kellen Marini (H) 175-205-380, 2. Naomi Rodriguez (CO) 165-195-360, 3. Rachel Speis (SC) 175-185-360; 169: 1. Judith Mandujano (LM) 205-240-445, 2. Kylani Secor (AC) 160-195-355, 3. Gabriell Senior (NS) 180-165-345; 183: 1. Jasmine Powell (BT) 160-220-380, 2. Hannah Stapleton (N) 195-180-375, 3. Anabel Fernandez (SR) 180-180-360; 199: 1. Victoria Jefferson (O) 305-205-510, 2. Victoria Scarlett (VB) 195-180-375, 3. Kelsi Smith (B) 180-185-365; UNL: 1. LeAnn Hewitt (W) 270-235-505, 2. Sa’ala McMillan (P) 195-275-470, 3. Micaiah Long (SL) 215-185-400.

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