Weightlifter Mattie Rogers (76KG) Breaks 3 Senior American Records at 2022 USA National Championships
To Rogers, this record-laden performance was a huge, necessary step forward.
On July 2, 2022, weightlifter Mattie Rogers stole the show during the 2022 USA Weightlifting (USAW) National Championships Week in Las Vegas, NV. Rogers showed off her strength and broke three Senior American Records in the snatch, clean & jerk, and total while competing in the 76-kilogram division.
The last time Rogers competed on a sanctioned lifting platform was during the 2022 USAW North American Open Series 1 in March 2022. She took home first place in the 81-kilogram weight class. With three records and some gold medals in the 76-kilogram division at the 2022 USAW National Championships, Rogers has shown off her continued versatility.
Here are her top stats from this contest:
Mattie Rogers (76KG) | 2022 USAW National Championships Top Stats
Rogers’ snatch figure topped Kate Vibert’s former American Record from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by one kilogram. She extended the current clean & jerk by two kilograms, surpassing Jenny Arthur’s mark from 2018. Finally, Rogers’ top total exceeded Vibert’s former best American Record total of 249 kilograms (548.9 pounds), which Vibert also set at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Notably, Rogers actually left subsequent attempts at extending her snatch and clean & jerk records on the table. The American athlete notched her American Record snatch on her second attempt, then waved off the rest. Meanwhile, on the clean & jerk, Rogers made an opening lift of 140 kilograms for the American Record, then declined further opportunities.
Here is the podium for the 76-kilogram division at the 2022 USAW National Championships:
Women’s 76KG Podium | 2022 USAW National Championships
1. Mattie Rogers
Snatch — 112 kilograms (246.9 pounds) | Senior American Record
Clean & Jerk — 140 kilograms (308.6 pounds) | Senior American Record
Total — 252 kilograms (555.5 pounds) | Senior American Record
2. Estelle Rohr
Snatch — 93 kilograms (205 pounds)
Clean & Jerk — 122 kilograms (268.9 pounds)
Total — 215 kilograms (474 pounds)
3. Christine Middleton
Snatch — 92 kilograms (202.8 pounds)
Clean & Jerk — 118 kilograms (260.1 pounds)
Total — 210 kilograms (463 pounds)
In an Instagram post on her performance, Rogers reflected on her dominant performance and what to possibly expect moving forward.
“Only took three of the six attempts to stick with our training plan with a quick hop over to the training hall after to finish up the day with a nice personal record triple,” Rogers wrote. “Got to compete in the class my body is most comfy in and set all-new American records for the snatch, CJ, and total. Happy with this checkpoint!”
Rogers’ Near Future
Another 2020 Tokyo Olympian, Rogers has made steady progress since that fateful competition. In each of her last two contests — the 2022 USAW North American Open Series 1 and 2022 USAW National Championships — the American athlete has now improved upon her previous best-ever total of 246 kilograms from Tokyo.
For Rogers to do that while competing in lower weight classes than her time in Tokyo might say a lot about her prospects as qualifications for the 2024 Paris Olympics start to ramp up. Notably, Rogers competed in the 87-kilogram division in Tokyo. Based on her Instagram caption, it appears that 76 kilograms is where the athlete feels most comfortable as a competitor. Her best finish in this division is a bronze medal from the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships.
Unfortunately, while it is still a category in American contests, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is dissolving the 76-kilogram division for Paris 2024. That means Rogers will have to either bulk up and compete at 81 kilograms or +81 kilograms, or she may feature at 71 kilograms. In that case, she might square off against Vibert and even rising star Olivia Reeves for a spot on the Team USA roster in an intriguing battle.
Depending on the division she chooses to qualify for, Rogers could have a very different journey to Paris. As that competition starts to get closer and closer in the side mirror, she’ll undoubtedly push herself even more in training and other contests.
Featured image: @mattiecakesssss on Instagram