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Members of the Citrus girls weightlifting team pose with the runner-up team trophy earned at districts Friday, Jan. 21 at Leesburg High School.

The Citrus and Lecanto girls weightlifting teams flexed their muscles Jan. 21 at the District 2A-8 Meet at Leesburg High School.

The Hurricanes were district runner-up in the traditional lifts (bench press and clean and jerk) and fourth in a new category this season, the snatch lift. The Panthers took second in snatch and third in traditional lifts.

Citrus is sending 15 lifters to regionals, including a pair of district champs, while Lecanto has 12 advancing and also had a pair of district winners.

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The top six place finishers in each weight class advance to the Region 2A-2 Meet, to be held Saturday, Jan. 29 back at Leesburg High School.

Winning district crowns for Citrus were Laci Hindalong at 110 pounds in the traditional lifts and 154-pounder Rebecca Tatun, who won both the traditional and snatch titles and is looking to become a four-time state qualifier this weekend.

Other Hurricanes advancing to regionals are Jaden Buschena, Darla Edwards, Brooke Grace, Olivia Hudson, Baylie Inwood-Goodwin, Cortlyn McClain, Kiera Palmer, Keirstin Perkins, Myrina Reardon, Sierra Stahl, Alyssa Turner, Paisley Williamson and Sophie Wood.

“It was a team effort that we could not be more proud of. Every girl had a job to do, and they all performed wonderfully,” Citrus head coach Linnet Calise said. “Some were battling injuries and other setbacks, but they came together and supported each other as they always have.”

Lecanto’s gold-medal winners were returning state place finisher Allison Wilson at 139 and 183-pounder Jacquelyn Finch. Britta Halloway at 101 was district runner-up, as was 110-pounder Ava Rueck.

Other Panthers moving on to regionals are Alex Garcia at 110, Mackenzi Grey at 119, Mallori Grey at 129, Lauren Brady at 154, Kim McGeorge and Meera Patel at 169, Olivia Booher at 199 and Suttonanne Higginbotham in the unlimited class.

“Lecanto’s overall team roster is primarily made up of freshmen and sophomores this year, so as we reload our roster we are very proud of our overall performance and improvement from week to week,” Lecanto head coach Peter Rausch said. “To qualify 12 individual lifters and finish district runner-up in snatch and third in traditional is a bright light for the future of Lecanto lifting.”

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