PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Recent Arnold graduate and former Lady Marlin weightlifter Morgan Wiebers made program history as the first Arnold lifter to receive a college weightlifting scholarship.
Wiebers is going to Marian University in Indianapolis, joining the program's first weightlifting team.
Arnold weightlifting coach Josh Flaig says Wiebers is the second female in Bay County history to get a scholarship.
In college, it's not considered girls weightlifting. There's only a few programs that have what is called "Olympic-style weightlifting" or Olympic weightlifting.
There's no bench, just snatch, and clean-and-jerk.
Wiebers lifted three years at Arnold, competing last year in the 119 weight class, benching 145 and getting 150 on clean and jerk, enough to place third at state.
"If you told me when I first started this that I was going to have a scholarship, I wouldn't have believed myself," Morgan Wiebers, Arnold alum and Marian University freshman weightlifter said. "My coach told me that I'll have at least 12 training sessions a week. So it's probably twice a day. So I'll go to practice, go to school, then back to practice and back to studying. So that's basically going to be my life for the next four years."
Coach Flaig says the process of finding a college Wiebers could continue her weightlifting career at went like this, "The kids are working so hard and it's a shame that they don't have more opportunity outside of high school for all the work they put in," Josh Flaig, Arnold weightlifting coach said. "And so we were like why not? And we just started looking around online and we reached out to a couple of contacts and we found out that Marian was putting together a weightlifting team so one email let to another."
"It's a huge deal," Wiebers said. "I think it hasn't fully hit me yet because I'm not up there. But it's just something crazy that's happened to me. I'm super excited for the opportunity though."
Wiebers heads for Indianapolis August 11th.