The junior might be a first-year performer but was the only Lecanto athlete to qualify for state in last weekend's sectional meet in Marion County. Lavertu, who competes in the 199-pound division, has a season-best total of 295 pounds (165 bench press, 130 clean). She also plays softball and is a member of the track and field team.
Q: If you could be a star for a day, whom would you chose to be?
SL: Sandra Bullock.
Q: Why her?
SL: Because of the way she acts and because she's so carefree. She's very funny. She just seems like a good person.
Q: If you were chosen to be on The Real Word, in which city would you want the show to be set?
SL: Honolulu. I'd like to travel to Hawaii.
Q: What is the toughest class you've ever taken?
SL: I don't know. I get A's and B's in everything. Math probably is the hardest. It doesn't click in my head sometimes.
Q: What's in your CD player?
SL: It has all kind of music on it, like rap and rock.
Q: What kind of outfit would you not be caught dead wearing?
SL: A full-body pleather suit.
Q: If you could eat lunch alone with the president, what would you say to him?
SL: Why did you decide to go to war?
Q: Can you find Iraq on a map?
SL: Yes (laughing), as long as it has Iraq written on it.
Q: What do you eat before a meet?
SL: Fruits and protein.
Q: What's the greatest thing about weightlifting?
SL: Lifting gives me a thrill. I love to compete. And you get to take your mind off things when you're mad.
_ KEITH NIEBUHR