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State meet wrap up

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From meet director, Barry Rickards:

"The State Meet results are posted on this site. The meet was successful with 73 lifters on 2 platforms. My thanks to all the volunteers (Judges, Spotters, Scorers, Check In and Attempt recorders) for ensuring a good experience for lifters. We still had problems with a few lifters bringing non USAPL standard equipment, which they could not use in the meet.

7 lifters broke American records, several State records were broken and many Meet PRs were set! If you go into this sport with the aim of breaking records or waiting until your lifts are perfect, you are in it for the wrong reasons. Sure these are all rewarding to any lifter, but the friendships, friendly rivaleries, improving form in the gym and beating your own Meet PRs will provide a complete experience.
Best Lifters:
Male Full Power - Keith McHoney (66kg) 515 wilkes
Female Full Power - Shalona Connelly (52kg) 392 wilkes
Teen Full Power - Jacob Moore (120kg) 423 wilkes
Bench Only - Justin Shepherd (120+kg) 133 wilkes
All from South Carolina - SC Strong!"

Note From State Referee Kevin Locklear

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To all,

Now that the SC state meet roster is full, it might be a good time to address some things for the new to USAPL lifter. With the rise in popularity of raw powerlifting, it has become somewhat of a challenge just to make the meet roster. A two platform meet is a rather large undertaking, considering the people who run these meets volunteer their time. If you didn’t make the roster, come out anyway. You may be able to help, and in doing so, you will be helping promote USAPL in South Carolina. Remember, every pound that is lifted on meet day, is first lifted by a loader or spotter.

To our new lifters, when you step on that platform, you will more than likely lift just as you train. Now, it’s probably safe to assume that you have trained hard, and that you have expectations of your performance. Please, don’t cheat yourself by not listening to the commands of the lift, or cutting your squat short. If you start before the “start” command in the bench, or “squat” command in the squat, it’s a no lift. Whether you move the weight or not, if you miss any of the commands of the lift, it will be a no lift.

In these last few weeks, get your training partners and or coaches to call the lifts for you. In the bench, take the hand out and hold for a “start” command. Take the bar to your chest, hold it motionless and get a “press” command. Hold it at the lockout and get a “rack” command. In the squat, walk it out and set it up quick. The head judge is watching the side judges to signal that you are set, steady, and have control of the weight. The longer you take to set up, the longer it will take to get the “squat” command. When you get the squat command, you have to descend until the upper most part of your thigh at the hip, goes below the top of the knee. The side judges will be looking at your hip crease and drawing a line to the top of the knee. Once it has gone below, you have broken parallel. Nothing more is needed, and nothing less will be acceptable. If you are squatting high in training, you will more than likely squat high when you hit the platform. This is where your training partners really need to be honest with you, and you with yourself. Parallel, is not acceptable depth in USAPL!

Use these last couple of weeks to make yourself technically sound and know, that when you step on that platform and make your attempt, that you have made it in one of the most respected powerlifting federations out there. Good luck to all, train hard, and we will see you on the platform!



State Meet Is Full

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From the meet director:

""The USAPL SC State Championship roster is full, and I have started an Alternate roster to replace cancellations. The roster is posted at

There are 16 women and 13 teens on the roster. The youngest lifter is 8 years old and the oldest 81. The weigh in for this meet will be in kilos to prepare for the 2015 change to National Weight classes in all USAPL meets. See the June 29, 2014 update from Jon Mouzon below, which gives more detail on the kilo classes.
Good luck to all lifters.
A correction to my last update (November 1, 2014): 
I incorrectly posted Brian Mason as a SC lifter but he is registered as a GA lifter. Thus the records for 220 Raw Open remain as in the existing records - squat 529 (Scott McDowell), bench 385 (Brian Mason*), deadlift 600.7 (Steve Yeargin), total 1449 (Scott McDowell).
*Brian was registered in SC in 2013.
I apologize for this error to all of you and Brian Mason. 
Brian beat all his PRs at the GA State Meet."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:09


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After talking with Jennifer Thompson, State Chair for NC, we have decided to implement the following new policy for our States of North and South Carolina:

Starting with the SC State Championship this coming December, those lifters who volunteer to spot and load at one of our meets held in the Caroilnas will be allowed to lift in a future USAPL NC or SC event for free.  This will be limited to one division in either full power or bench only and only in our States.  Please contact Jon Mouzon or Jennifer Thompson for more information.  We are still in need for spotters and loaders at our upcoming SC State meet so give me a call at 864-844-0083 if you want to be included.

Jon Mouzon - USAPL SC State Chair

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 21:52

State Meet 2014 update

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From the meet director:
"The roster for the State meet (Dec 13) is posted at There are 20 spots left and I anticipate the roster being full by mid November. We have some big lifters and 13 woman lifters. Also a lot of new SC lifters which is great to see!
Congratulations to SC lifters at the recent GA State Championships (October 25/26) who did SC proud. Heather Faas, Keith McHoney, Brian Mason, Keane Steele, Justin Shepherd and Mike Price took 5 golds, 3 silvers, best male lifter (Keith), 3rd best male lifter (Justin) and broke 3 American Records and 13 SC Records. There were 227 lifters on the roster with some world class lifters so there was fierce competition for medals and awards. SC Strong!"

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