Northern Michigan University Olympic Training Site athlete Ryan Borges earned a silver medal after placing second at the USA National Weightlifting Championships July 17-20 in Salt Lake City, Utah this past weekend. Teammate Andrew Vrabel also had a top five finish.
Ryan Borges, in the 56 kilogram division, placed second after lifting a total of 218kg ?? 95kg in the snatch and 123kg in the clean and jerk. Andrew Vrabel, in the 69kg division, placed fifth after lifting a total of 259kg ?? 114kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk.
In total, more than 400 athletes and 200 coaches from across the United States participated in the event, making it the largest National Championship in USA weightlifting history.