After missing her first two squats, Deanna Walterscheid knew her shot at making it to the state meet came down to a final lift.
“I was scared. My squat opener was bigger than I have ever done before,” she said. “After missing the first two, I cried and was a little upset. Coach [Jonathan] Ryle and my big sister calmed me down.”
Walterscheid nailed her final squat attempt of 330 and went on to win the Region 6 Class 3 medal in the 148-pound division. She lifted a total of 800 pounds, winning by 45 pounds and booking her trip to the Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association’s state meet in Corpus Christi March 14-15.
“It’s pretty awesome. I’m so happy that I’m going,” Walterscheid said. “It’s my first time to state my senior year. I didn’t think I’d make it.”
Walterscheid lifted 145 on bench press and 325 on deadlift.
She will be joined at state by teammate Mikela Beck, who won the 114-pound class, lifting 590 pounds.
“I’m super excited. It hasn’t hit me yet,” Beck said about earning a state spot.
Beck came from behind to win her class. She recorded a squat of 205, putting her 15 pounds behind the leader. Her bench press of 105 left her in the middle of the pack.
Beck quickly rose up in the ranks with a deadlift of 260 on her first try.
“It put her even with the leaders,” Ryle said.
Beck then tied the region record for her weight-class with a deadlift of 280 to put her in first.
“I was supposed to be in first by 35 pounds but lost 20 pounds on squat and had to make up for it,” Beck said. “Coach Ryle and Coach [Scott] Broussard reassured me that I could catch them on deadlift.”
As a team, Paradise finished third in the region.
Kailyn Carwile took fifth in the 123-pound class, lifting 585. Carressa McCasland finished eighth in the 114-pound division with a tally of 500.