Pro Card Dreams Come True For Lucky Six at Team U
It was party time in the Garden State on Saturday night as half a dozen of our brightest amateur hopefuls — three fitness, three figure — became newly minted IFBB pros in a sweeping, victorious romp at the Team Universe and Fitness Nationals in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Stacy Wright — who maintained focus and eventually finished second in her class after storms caused a blackout and a lengthy delay in Chicago three weeks ago at Jr. Nationals — was pretty much invincible. This time, second would have earned her a pro card, but the flaxen-haired fitness phenom did better — much better — winning the tall class and capturing the fitness overall title.
Likewise, 41-year-old fitness mom Cinzia Clapp, third at Jr. Nats, won the medium class and takes a pro card back to her hometown of Eagle River, Alaska. Meanwhile, athletic brunette Venus Nguyen — who you’ll see more of in an encore shoot from SoCal coming soon — secured her IFBB status by placing second in the short class.
On the figure side, the always consistent Joanne Murphy earned her much-deserved pro status by taking second place in class C. The tireless Floridian — still riding high after finishing third and nearly getting the prize back in Chicago — is already rumored to be making her IFBB debut at the Jacksonville Pro on August 7th.
Finally, both pro cards out of figure’s E class went to studio models. Patricia Nguyen — who placed in the top six in four national level shows last year — got the big ticket for finishing second. And Mona Muresan, recent class winner at Jr Nats, was a winner again and didn’t leave empty-handed this time. The New York City restaurant owner can grab a cab and take that pro card with her right back through the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan where a celebration is no doubt already underway.