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Olympians to unveil routine Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex has a sanctioned simulation scheduled for figure skaters.

World and Olympic pairs team members Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett highlight a slew of skaters participating.

Denney and Barrett are scheduled to debut their program for the 2010 season.

Tickets for the event are limited and cost $5, which helps offset the skaters’ training expenses.

Cal Ripken clubs dominate tournaments

The Manatee Cal Ripken Baseball 8-and-under team went undefeated to win their district tournament at Lake City earlier this month.

Now the team based out of Heritage Harbour heads to Palm Beach Gardens for the state tournament July 4th weekend.

If they win the state tournament, then the squad will head to the Southeast Regional beginning July 15 in Greenville, N.C.

Over at Manatee West Cal Ripken, two additional teams are set for action.

The 11-and-under ballclub begins its state tournament July 8 in Jupiter.

The Manatee West 14-and-under squad visits Sarasota in a best of three series July 9-11.

League administrator Ryan Moore said they had over 90 kids play in the first season of the new league, which began in January.

The Cal Ripken division is for all age groups 12-and-under, while the Babe Ruth division is for older players and on the bigger, regulation-sized baseball diamond.

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Weightlifters set records at Memorial Open

Susan Carrington and Huguette Salahuddin recently took part in The Mike Witmer Memorial Open.

The lifters, who are members from Muscle Works Gym, were in different age groups in the meet held in Tampa.

Carrington, a consultant, competed in the 55-59-year-old bracket at the 132-pound class.

She squatted 100 pounds, benched 60 pounds and dead lifted 170 pounds.

Salahuddin, a dentist, competed in the 50-54-year-old division in the 198-pound class.

She squatted 175 pounds and set masters records in the Raw United Federation with a 125-pound bench and 260-pound dead lift.

The event was a raw meet, meaning a singlet and lifting belt are used — no other equipment.

The women were trained by Paul Des Bois and assisted by Margaret Kirkland.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017.