Twenty-One New Female IFBB Pros Crowned

Tonight was “Female Friday” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of Hardbody women took the stage at the 2012 NPC Teen, Collegiate & Master’s National Championships. Many of the women have come close to turning pro a number of times and found theri pot of gold tonight, while others left looking for another rainbow.


The main take away from this show is be patient and remember persistence pays off. Women like Esmeralda Saxenian… She went from a 12th place finish at the 2006 NPC Excalibur to an overall win and IFBB pro card tonight. The overall 45+ Figure Winner, Krista Dunn didn’t quit when she placed 14th at this year’s NPC JR USA. She hit the gym harder, improved to 5th at JR Nationals and then 3rd at Team Universe before tonight’s victory. Sherri Gray was in the dreaded 16th place spot at the 2008 NPC JR USAs. She took home top honors and a pro card in the Women’s 35+ Women’s Bodybuilding.

Who turns pro at this show in the women’s divisions?

• Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Over 35
• Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Over 45
• Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Over 55
• Overall Figure Over 55
• Top 3 places (6 Height Classes) in the overall of Figure Comparisons Over 45
• Class winners (6 Height Classes) Figure Over 35
• Class winners (4 Height Classes) Bikini Over 35
• Class winners (2 Height Classes) Women’s Physique Over 35
• Class winners (2 Height Classes) Women’s Physique Over 45

Congrats to the new female IFBB Pro Card Winners from tonight’s NPC Master’s Nationals:

• Esmeralda Saxenian – 35+ Overall Winner
• Krista Dunn – 45+ Overall Winner
• Katerina Tarbox
• Melanise Pettee
• Tina Bozman
• Nancy Bowlin
• Marci Colliau
• Kenyatta Jones Arietta
• Rebecca Book

• Frances Mendez – 35+ Overall Winner
• Cheryl Cooke – 45+ Overall Winner
• Danielle Soucek
• Chris Kramer
• Tracy Bacon
• Leonie Rose

• Deborah Lee – Overall Winner
• Lynn Sambuco
• Michon Leddy
• Heather Gonyea

• Sherri Gray – 35+ Overall Winner
• Paula Francis – 45+ Overall Winner

Complete results and photos at


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