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Summer 2017

Power Up

Some might unfairly visualize a weightlifting club as a bunch of musclebound meatheads grunting and throwing around dumbbells. Well, this is your WVU Weightlifting Club president. Olivia “Liv” Kinkade, a human nutrition sophomore from Morgantown, has showcased her power in Olympic-style weightlifting competitions since she was a high school junior. Here she performs a power jerk with 120 pounds stacked on the barbell. When Kinkade first joined the club, it consisted of her, her sister and 10 men. Today the WVU Weightlifting Club is made up of a female majority. “Weightlifting has taught me about myself,” said Kinkade, who’s been ranked in the top 10 in her weight class in the country. “It’s made me more comfortable with myself. With young girls, there are a lot of body image issues. I’ve come to appreciate the body for what it does, opposed to what it looks like.”
Olivia Kincade, Weightlifting Club president.
PHOTO BY RAYMOND THOMPSON JR. 

A Soar Winner

Danique Bryan helped take the WVU women’s track team to new heights this season. The nursing sophomore from Jamaica set a WVU outdoor record of 13.68 meters in the triple jump at the 2017 Big 12 Outdoor Championship in May. She walked away from the championship with a bronze medal and two All-Big 12 honors. 
Danique Bryan at track meet. WVU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

European Adventure

The WVU volleyball team embarked on a 12-day summer trip of Europe that was packed with sightseeing, culture and tons of gelato. The Mountaineers played six matches throughout Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, returning to the U.S. with a 5–1 record. Players blogged about their experience at go.wvu.edu/euroblog.
Volleyball Team in Europe.PHOTO PROVIDED

The Champ is Here

Earlier this year, Dylan Cottrell wrestled his way to a Big 12 title, the first in WVU history. The No. 2 seed, 10th-ranked Cottrell scored a 5–4 decision over Oklahoma State’s Chandler Rogers in the 165-pound finals of the 2017 Big 12 Wrestling Championship. The Spencer, W.Va., native graduated in May with his degree in communication studies and will join the wrestling coaching staff at Brown University.
Wrestler Dylan Cottrell on the mat.WVU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

The Reelest

WVU Fishing Team members Casey Lanier and Nolan Minor nabbed these beauties and finished seventh in the College Fishing Northern Conference opener at Smith Mountain Lake, Va. They reeled in a 14-pound, 12-ounce bag and qualified for the national championship in 2018. Lanier, of Sanford, N.C., and Minor, of Charlottesville, Va., are wildlife and fisheries students.
WVU fishing team members Casey Lanier and Nolan Minor hold up their winning fish.PHOTO PROVIDED

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