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Crystal River lifters easily handle county competitors

The Crystal River girls weightlifting team took the Citrus County Activities Association title with 52 points Wednesday at the Citrus High gym.

Lecanto was second with 29 points and Citrus had 27 points.

Crystal River's Breanna Driver set the county's unlimited class bench press record with a 200-pound lift. She won the unlimited class with 365.

"It feels good," Driver said. "It's an honor to come here and support my school. It was a lot of hard work."

Her coach savored the team's first CCAC weightlifting title.

"It's special for these seniors who have endured three different coaches before I came," coach Charles Brooks said. "They have endured my ranting and raving. It is special for them."

Lecanto's Jennifer Corriveau won the 101-pound class. She bench pressed 100 pounds, then had 95 pounds in the clean and jerk. The junior, also a cheerleader, is in her first year of competitive weightlifting.

"It feels good," Corriveau said. "I train hard. I'm really thrilled."

Her coach was impressed with Corriveau and her teammates.

"I am constantly amazed with these young ladies," Bob LeCours said. "I think with the youth movement we have with 11 freshman, better days for Lecanto are ahead. Jennifer has a warrior's attitude. She is extremely coachable."

Citrus senior Kate Ericson won the 110-pound class with a 205 total. She had a 95-pound bench press and lifted 110 pounds in the clean and jerk.

She qualified for the unofficial state meet and hopes to qualify for the FHSAA-sanctioned meet this year.

"It's pretty good," Ericson said of her triumph. "I'm a little disappointed with myself because I really wanted to do 120 (in the clean and jerk)."

Ericson's coach was happy with her performance but had mixed feelings about the rest of the team's efforts.

"Some did well and some did not do quite so well," coach Doug Patton said.

"Some of them had their best lifts here."

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