GHS's Kinsler wins her third state weightlifting title
Published: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.
KISSIMMEE — Gainesville senior Jessica Kinsler put herself into some elite company Saturday with her effort at the FHSAA State Girls Weightlifting Meet.
Kinsler became just the seventh lifter in state history to win three state titles and set a pair of state records, as she took home the 154-pound weight class at the Kissimmee Civic Center.
On her way to the championship, Kinsler broke her own bench press record three times at 154 pounds and finished with a total of 260 pounds, 35 more pounds than what she totaled in the lift last year.
She finished with a total between the bench press and clean-and-jerk of 440 pounds, which surpassed the previous mark of 410 pounds held by Kristian Rainge-Campbell of Port Orange Spruce Creek for the 154-pound class.
On her first bench attempt of the day, Kinsler surpassed her state record from a year ago with a lift of 245 pounds.
From there, she nailed her second attempt of 255 pounds, before finishing with a final lift of 260, which brought the entire venue to its feet.
“I need to get it and go three-for-three on bench,” Kinsler said. “It feels great and it feels great to break my bench record three times today and the overall total record.
“We did great as a team and I love all of my teammates. It's been a lot of fun.”
Kinsler won her weight class by 85 pounds over Pensacola Pine Forest's Alexandria Benboe and her bench press was 85 pounds than the next nearest competitor in the class, which was performed by Wekiva's Cris'tiani Polllack.
“I'm proud of all of the girls,” Gainesville coach Steve Bauer said. “I'm going to miss my seniors (GHS had five among its eight lifters). They worked hard and it's sad to see them go, but in life everything changes, so you go with the changes.
“It's been a lot of fun over the last four years.”
Gainesville finished the meet with 11 points, which was good for a fifth-place tie with Wekiva and New Smyrna Beach.
Port Orange Spruce Creek won with 28 points, 11 better than Navarre.
Other area lifters who placed were Columbia's Kayla Carman (110-pound class/fourth place/280-pound total), Interlachen's Hannah Ogle (129-pound-pound class/fourth/300-pound total) and Gainesville's Janice Kinsler (139-pound class/fifth/345-pound total) and Breanna Thomas (169-pound class/fifth/345-pound total).