August 12, 2006 - Washington, D.C.
Ms. Fitness Eastern USA
Ms. Fitness Eastern USA was held in the Nation's Capitol serving as a stepping-stone to Ms. Fitness USA, the national championships, taking place 4 weeks after.
Massachusetts' Yenny Polanco claimed the title. She excelled in the swimwear round gaining an 8.5-point lead in scoring helping her overcome the other challengers. Polanco incorporates her speed jump rope talent into her routine, showing off some of the skills she acquired during the time she became a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion. The highlight of her routine was a high kick turned cartwheel move.
Illinois' Stacy Aulner was runner up. A BodybuildingBikinis.com sponsorship helped her make it to the exciting event from afar. Aulner got the highest mark in the routine round. An array of elements displaying her strength, flexibility, and skill in a variety of movements saw to that. She demonstrated flips, hand stand walks, splits, high kicks, L-holds and planges, all with skilled execution and fluid transitions between.
3rd Place went to New York's Deazie Gibson. She scored highest in the Evening Gown/Speech round. Gibson made some changes since her last appearance at the event, and all for the better. She sculpted a leaner, curvier physique and came up with an outfit and routine that dazzled onlookers.
Her leather attire and shades and Matrix movie theme made a visual impact. Her sculpted curves showed nicely in the outfit. It was especially enjoyable to see her lean back in and arch-around movement as if dodging gunfire to the sound effect, as Keanu Reeves was seen doing in the movie.
New York's Tina Thompson-Pope's flexibility is about the best out there. Her range and balance during moves like the heel stretch and straddle press on elbows never ceases to amaze onlookers. She's also an artful performer using her ballet and dance talents and uses costumes to lend a dramatic effect. She performed a unique variation of a plange seldom seen that appeared like human art itself.
Florida's Angela Glenn performed in a sexy outfit using a Cat Woman theme.
Maryland's Kate Grevey was strongest in the swimsuit round. She showed a lean, toned physique, nice abs, and had a golden tan to set it all off nicely.
Maryland's Patti Franklin show sculpted abs with deep lines that set her physique off. She displayed perfect split leaps and L-holds during her Scooby Doo themed routine, which included backflips as well.
Maryland's Christine Woods showed off excellent flexibility during her performance.
Virginia's Cheri Clarke gave good demonstrations of high kicks, split leaps and the toe stretch move.
August 12, 2006 - Washington, D.C.
OCB Presidential Cup Bodybuilding & First Lady Figure and Fitness Model Championships
Seventy-two competitors were greeted by a packed audience at the fifth annual Presidential Cup event. The new OCB Fitness Model division made its debut at this event and April Marie DelGuidice's appearance was a great example of what it was meant to be like. Her stylish stances, poses and movements were reminiscent of a runway model.
Monica Maines made an excellent selection for the fitness apparel round. Her stylish garb both complimented her physique, skin tone and hair color and showed her great abs. Sherilee Newton appeared natural and confident on stage and made a nice choice of fitness apparel, using a red sports bra for contrast against her dark skin color and spandex shorts, which paired with the top made for a nice ensemble of the imagined "fitness model" look.
At the top of a strong inaugural field however, Yenny Polanco emerged as the Fitness Model division winner. She looked stunning in a fashionable fitness outfit and brought an ideal sense of style to the swimwear round, donning shades and sporting trendy swimwear. The look was suggestive of a tropical beach setting that made for a nice contrast against her skin, hair and body type.
Polanco's confidence was enhanced with sexy stances and movements, conveying a very photogenic and marketable package. She rounded out that package with a stunningly fit, toned body and is an ideal representative of what the OCB Fitness Model division was envisioning when created.
In the Figure category, Qawnana Crockett came in at her all-time best to clinch first place in both the novice and open classes in which she entered. Her polished look was highlighted by fine upper body conditioning and she had the bronzed, satiny skin coloring desired in fitness competitions. She made noticeable improvements with her presentation as well and looked stunning in her side poses.
Jenifer Wellman showed up with an impressively dry and defined upper body that her abs set off nicely. Stacy Marsh looked stunning with her golden tan, toned and balanced physique and shapely curves. The blonde Marsh's striking "Figure" look captured first in her class in the Novice division.
Other notables were Cher Weal who displayed well-rounded muscle shape and curves highlighted by eye-catching abs. Lisa Daly may have had the hardest physique among the figure competitors, while Joy Fenton's abs jumped out among her nicely sculpted upper body. Sherilee Newton's physique was almost as stunning as her stage presence, which was spectacular.
She's a natural in the public eye and has the physique to match her presence. She showed soft, pleasing curves, excellent symmetry and beautifully shaped muscle. The one to rise to the top and claim the Open overall title, however, was Tiffany Moore. She showed all-around firmness, appealing lines of definition, an impressive v-taper and hourglass symmetry.
Next on the venue was women's bodybuilding. Petite yet sleek Kelsey Doucette took the Female Best Poser award for the second time in as many outings this year. She also claimed the award at the April Richmond, Va. show. This time she came in with even more detail and shape carved out. Her presentation belied her 19 years and she has a promising future in the sport.
Celeste McKeefery was a standout in the women's bodybuilding. Her hardness couldn't be touched. She claimed the overall title and became eligible for IFPA pro competition in the process.
In men's bodybuilding Frank Barnes showed a thick, solid and ripped upper body to take the Novice title. Peter Conduragis performed a routine that ended with the audience screaming their lungs out wanting more. One of his routine's highlights was a backwards bend around an arch, complete with gunfire sounds reminiscent of the famous Matrix movie scene.
Neal Grossman appeared back on the circuit after overcoming surgery. Grossman picked up where he left off, collecting first place titles in the Masters 55+ divisions.
The Masters 35+ and third Open Class brought about a unique set of events. The top four placements in the Masters division were all within one point of each other in scoring. The top two ended in a tie while third and fourth were also tied and only a point behind. After the dust settled and ties were broken the order was Keenan Wilburn first, Dave Grogan second and David Moore third.
Ken Brumfield showed up looking more cut and harder than ever before to take first in his Open class. Anthony Primola was next thanks to a rock-hard upper body and striking symmetry.
Massive David Neil, Jr. took third in his class. Frank Barnes' ripped upper body got past Neil, but it was Garrett Rhodes who ended on top. Rhodes is becoming known as "The Shredder," a name he lives up to every outing. He showed deeply carved muscle separation throughout, as well as fully pumped muscles. It was all set off by striated glutes, one of the best indicators of extreme conditioning.
Nate Hagerty and Duke Bell battled for the top spot in the third Open class. Hagerty came in with his usual lean and hard conditioning, perfect coloring, and trademark massive traps. He showed noticeable size gain since his win at the OCB Blacksburg, Va. show 10 months prior. His appearance was near flawless, but the elder Bell brought ripped conditioning, a massive upper back and muscle thickness, which seemingly gave him the edge to claim the class title. He would eventually claim the division overall title and lay claim to the IFPA pro card that came with it.
August 12, 2006 - Washington, DC
IFPA U.S. Capitol Women's Pro Bodybuilding Classic
Women's natural pro bodybuilding was at the nation's capitol August 12, 2006 for the IFPA U.S. Capitol Pro Classic. Ten ladies took part in the inaugural IFPA event, which was paired with the fifth annual OCB Presidential Cup.
Illinois' Sue Steele-Bergman competed in her first pro event. She's sure to rise in the ranks given her enthusiasm to be among the pros in the sport, and continued training will bring forth additional size that will make her more of a threat. She's an artful poser and had pleasing muscle shape.
Wisconsin's Normajean Harness' posing routines are always moving and full of emotion. Harness won an IFPA pro qualifier three month's earlier in Ann Arbor, MI but couldn't seem to nail her peak and display as chiseled of a look for this time.
Virginia's Cassondre Wilburn carries a lot of size and looks solid from head to toe. She showed some striations in her pecs but they weren't enough to move her up past 8th place.
Maryland's Deb Samuels showed great upper body conditioning and hardness to take 7th place.
Georgia's Dana Easterling didn't carry as much size as some of the others, but her nice dry, hard look revealed the detail to land her in 6th place. The symmetrical shape and length of her thighs paired with her slim waist and high lat tie-ins give her a pleasing symmetrical appearance.
Massachusetts' Christy Resendes appeared to be carrying the most size among the impressive lineup and took 5th place. There were four others who showed up a little harder though, and were able to rise above Resendes' size. Virginia's Linda Carpenter was one of those competitors. She took 4th place. She looked most impressive when hitting her most muscular pose, which showed her great upper arm size, brought out crazy striations throughout her shoulders and chest, and had her thick traps bulging up off her upper back.
Colorado's Leanne Allen took third in the show and the $500 cash prize that came with the placement. She displayed what was probably the most impressive upper body size when hitting her front lat spread and front double biceps poses, and the deep muscle bellies of her abdominals helped set off her appearance.
Maryland's Frances Parker made a statement at the pro level by finishing as runner up in her first pro show and claiming the $1,000 cash prize for doing so. Her skin looked bronzed, satiny and paper-thin and presented a nice polished look to her well-rounded, shapely and full biceps and shoulders. She treated the audience with an artful routine, complete with painted face for a more dramatic touch, and claimed an additional $100 cash prize for being named best poser of the show.
Florida's Karen Taylor earned the overall title. She packed an impressive amount of muscle and showed crisp, rock-hard muscle and razor cuts to boot. Prominent vascularity showed in her legs and striations covered her pecs and shoulders. A $2,000 cash prize and custom IFPA Pro ring came with the victory.
All competitors had to pass a polygraph exam prior to the show as a means to screen for use of banned substances in the drug-tested event. The top four place winners had to provide specimens for urinalysis as well.
Photos and video of the event are available. Ordering information can be found on the contest results page for the show on the IFPA website, www.IFPApro.com. The promoters wish to send a special thanks to Bodybuilding.com, Core Nutritionals and Fitness & Physique Magazine for their sponsorship of the event.