The prolific powerlifter somehow outdid herself in Texas.
Modesty and consistency have likely described Samantha Rice’s powerlifting outlook. The powerhouse recently gave the sport’s community another example of her uniqueness strength and transcendence.
On Apr. 10, 2023, Rice shared a comprehensive Instagram post recapping her 90-kilogram weight class, first-place performance at the 2023 USA-UA Pioneer on the Beach. By the competition’s end, Rice captured three all-time raw World Records on her squat (267.5 kilograms/589.7 pounds), deadlift (280 kilograms/617.3 pounds), and total (702.5 kilograms/1,548.7 pounds). Rice wore a lifting belt for her top pull and a belt and knee sleeves for her top squat. The contest, which marked the third Pioneer title of Rice’s career (2020-2021, 2023), took place on Apr. 8, 2023, in South Padre Island, TX.
According to Open PowerliftingRice’s squat record milestone officially takes back the 90-kilogram World Record from Sherine Marcelle. Before Rice took the record back, Marcelle had held the record for just about two weeks after scoring a 262.3-kilogram (579-pound) squat at the 2023 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Femme Fatale III.
Regarding Rice’s deadlift, she eclipsed her own previous raw all-time record milestone of 275 kilograms (606.2 pounds). The competitor notched that previous achievement in a first-place performance at the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Pro Raw Championships.
Finally, last but not least, Rice’s new record total also rewrites her own tally in the record books. The previous 90-kilogram all-time raw World Record total of 687.5 kilograms (1,515.6 pounds) was also set by Rice at the 2022 USPA Pro Raw. In the span of just about half a year, Rice has added 15 kilograms (33 pounds) to her record total.
Here’s an overview of Rice’s top stats from her Pioneer on the Beach performance:
Samantha Rice (90KG) | 2023 Pioneer on the Beach Top Stats
- Squat — 267.5 kilograms (589.7 pounds) | All-Time Raw World Record
- Bench Press — 155 kilograms (341.7 pounds)
- Deadlift — 280 kilograms (617.3 pounds) | All-Time Raw World Record
- Total — 702.5 kilograms (1,548.7 pounds) | All-Time Raw World Record
Per Open PowerliftingRice’s competitive record, which dates back to August 2014, is unblemished. The athlete has never lost a sanctioned powerlifting contest. At this meteoric rate, it’s unclear when or if she ever will.
In her Instagram post, Rice beamed about her latest competitive exploits. She also considered how she might spend a well-earned and lucrative $20,000 cash prize.
“I came home with $20,000, my third Pioneer championship belt, and three all-time World Records,” Rice wrote. “Surrounded by some of the best people in my life… that’s what makes this all worth it. Now, time for a new Momma SUV!”
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