Carlsbad women make strong showing in bodybuilding contest

COAST CITIES — North County bodybuilders Jennifer Rawls, Carrie Miller-Esayian and Gabriele Truitt all made a statement at the 25th annual Border States Bodybuilding and Bikini contest.
Rawls, a Carlsbad native and 38-year-old mother of two, competed in her second show this year in the Bikini division. She won her over-35-short class, won the unlimited for all short-and-tall classes in that age group and also placed second in the over-35 class.
Rawls won her second Sword, an award for overall excellence at a show, and is now qualified for a national show.
Miller–Esayian, a 44-year-old Carlsbad native and also a mother of two, took home top awards as well, in the Bikini division. She placed second in the tall and over-35 class and fourth in the unlimited for all classes and has qualified for a national show.
Truitt, a Carlsbad resident, is a 26-year-old from Guatemala and is married to a U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant. This was her first Body Building Bikini contest, and with less than three months training, she placed sixth in her class of 22 in the under-35 class.
Carlsbad resident Jim Smith, who works with these competitors, said, as he watched the morning prejudging, “ I knew this could happen as they all looked really fantastic. They all worked so hard as a team for their bodybuilding moment in time. The interesting fact is that while these three women compete in these contests and train for many different personal reasons, they really have a lot in common and have become best of friends. They have shown what anyone can do with hard work and dedication to a set goal no matter where you are in your life.”

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