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Around Town: Swanson's weightlifting team sets numerous records

A team that trains out of Gary Swanson's garage in Union set seven national and 32 state records March 15 and 16 at the Illinois State Powerlifting Championships in Sycamore.

Swanson even got in on the competition himself at the urging of his son, Dominic, a sophomore at Huntley. The elder Swanson set a state record in the bench press for 50- to 55-year-olds at 330 pounds.

Also competing was Gary's daughter, Karlie (20), who was competing in powerlifting for the first tie.

"Dom has been on me. I know you can only bench but can you give it a shot?" Gary Swanson said his son asked him. "It was very enjoyable to compete with my son and daughter for the first time."

In addition to Karlie, six others were competing for the first time. They were Dillon Gaynor, a sophomore at Huntley; Michael Gawron, a sophomore at Marian Central; Chase Lowenstein, a sophomore at Huntley; Tim Heatley (23) from Huntley; Dan Kunkle (24); and Mike Skonieczny (45) of Huntley. Also competing was Cody Gaynor (14) from Huntley.

"They all came together," Gary Swanson said. "They put a show on."

Dominic, a veteran of the sport, set national records in squat (435 pounds), bench (297.5) and total lift (1,201.5). Karlie set national records in squat (264.5), benchpress (159.5), deadlift (314) and total lifts (738.5).

Gary said his son has emerged as a leader on the team because of his experience and his enthusiasm.

"The energy fed from [Dom] to all the kids," Gary Swanson said.

Young tumblers: Cameron Goll (11) from Algonquin and Regan Dineen (12) from Huntley made the United States Tumbling and Trampoline Association National Team.

Goll and Dineen train at Flight Club Power Tumbling and Trampoline in Huntley. Both girls qualified in tumbling and trampoline. Goll is the youngest person on the team.

Stacey Wall, Flight Club owner and coach, said making the national team at such a young age is a result of their dedication.

"Being that young, they just love the sport," Wall said. "They were willing to put in all the hard work that needed to be done."

Even being with them during training and competition, Wall said it still is amazing what Dineen and Goll have accomplished at such a young age.

"These two have just blown me away," Wall said. "They eat, breathe and sleep tumbling and trampoline."

Also qualifying for the USTA National Team was Hallie Doherty from McHenry, who trains at Fox Valley Power Tumbling in McHenry.

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