Breanna Grant (left) and Farida Sadek.
#THE University of The Bahamas’ women’s judo team picked up two gold medals and a silver at the Cherry Blossom Open judo competition this weekend.
#Breanna Grant won a gold medal (70 kilogram division) and a silver medal (78 kilogram division) and Raven Pennerman won a gold medal (78 kilogram division).
#Grant won the gold medal in the 70 kilogram division after defeating Farida Sadek from The Daytona Beach Judo Club in two matches in the best-of-three series.
#Grant dominated both matches from the beginning and was able to win the series.
#“My grip sequence was really working for me today,” she said. “I was able to get the upper grip and I knew I could win the match.”
#She added that she felt a little rusty but that was short lived.
#“This is my first competition in a while and I was kind of flustered with myself,” she said. “But after I talked with coach I got more comfortable and took my time and went with the flow.”
#Pennerman took on Grant in the gold medal match of the 78 kilogram division. They are familiar with each other’s style and so it was a very tactical match.
#Pennerman was able to put Grant down with several strong throws to pick up the win.
#“Breanna is a good competitor and I am familiar with her but today she put up a strong fight,” she said. “We both put up a good fight and represented the University of the Bahamas positively this weekend.”
#Grant picked up the silver medal in the loss.