Dianna Dahlgren, Candice Lewis, Stephen Cook, Tamee Marie and Harold Kelley each won their respective divisions at the 2012 IFBB Houston Pro on Saturday night.
Coming off a second consecutive top-five finish at the Bikini Olympia, Dahlgren had to hold off an ever-improving Justine Munro to notch her second win of the 2012 season. Dahlgren’s first win of the year came at the Los Angeles Grand Prix in July. With the win, she has now won a contest in each of her first three years in the IFBB Professional League.
Munro, a second-year pro from Canada, finished as the runner-up and continued to establish herself as one to watch. On the heels of placing 8th at the Bikini Olympia, Munro was looking for her second win of 2012 – her first came at St. Louis Pro one week before the Olympia. The second-place finish was her third of the year for Munro.
Tawna Eubanks (3rd), Ashley LeBlanc (4th) and Ashley Kaltwasser (5th) rounded out the top five.
If there were a Rookie of the Year award in the IFBB Professional League, Candice Lewis would certainly be the odds-on favorite to win. Lewis, who turned pro at the 2011 Jr. Nationals, won for the third time of the year – an astounding accomplishment for any competitor, but an even more impressive one for a rookie.
She had to deal with an accomplished veteran in Teresa Anthony, who was coming off her second straight top six finish at the Figure Olympia. There, Anthony finished one spot ahead of Lewis (7th). But Lewis turned the tables in Houston in another close matchup between the two.
Stephen Cook waited a while to make his pro debut, but the wait was worth it as he came out on top in one of the deepest Men’s Physique lineups of the year. Cook won his pro card by winning the Overall at the 2011 Jr. Nationals.
Alex Carniero (2nd), Jason Poston (3rd), Sadik Hadzovik (4th) and Michael Anderson (5th) rounded out the top five.
Tamee Marie has quietly joined Sara Hurrle as the two Women’s Physique pros with multiple victories on their resume. Marie’s first win came at the Greater Gulf States in June. Things were much different for Marie tonight than they were a year ago when she finished 13th in the Figure division.
Tycie Coppett and Mikaila Soto placed second and third, respectively.