Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen, a command duty officer at the Coast Guard 13th District command center in Seattle, poses for a photo at the district office March 20, 2015. Allen has been an athlete her entire life and has recently found her passion in competitive powerlifting. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Leading lady launches lifting legacy

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer She reaches down and grabs the bar. Bends her knees, lifts her chest. Takes a deep breath…and lifts. Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen, the 5-foot-2, 120-pound Coast Guard officer, has just lifted 266.7 […]