Dowda second at State Powerlifting
By Brady Keane BCC Contributor
After four years of early morning workouts and long Saturday meets, senior Bryce Dowda's hard work paid off this past weekend as the multi-sport star placed second in the State Powerlifting competition.
"It felt amazing!" Dowda said. "Once I lifted 570 on deadlift and secured second place, I felt nothing but happiness."
In THSPA powerlifting, young men and women across the state of Texas compete in different weight classes in deadlift, squat, and bench. In the 275lb. division, Dowda placed second at the Regional meet behind the 2013 State Champion, with a total of 1555 pounds in the three lifts. Impressively, Bryce added 20 pounds to his lift total at the state meet.
In order to place second at the state competition, Dowda had to get 555 on deadlift, something that he wasn't able to pull up at the regional meet.
"At first I was worried I wasn't going get it because at regionals I tried 555 and didn't get it," Dowda said. "But I kept thinking I have to get this, and when I went up then and pulled it and got all green lights, I was ecstatic!"
According to head powerlifting coach John Irvin, Dowda is the first Bulldog since Tyler Stephens in 2010 to even qualify for the state powerlifting meet.
"I am proud of how Bryce has handled this season by working with the equipment necessary to get him to state," Irvin said. "He jumped a combined 145 pounds this season out of the three lifts."
On top of placing second at the state powerlifting meet, Dowda was also honored with a Football First Team All-District Defense award.
"It feels so good knowing that I ended my senior year on a good note," Dowda said.