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Meet The Winners Of The 2016 CrossFit Regionals

Meet The Winners Of The 2016 CrossFit Regionals

The Regionals are the second phase of the CrossFit annual competition cycle! The 40 fittest men and women along with the 30 fittest teams from each region (The larger South Regional has 50 men, 50 women, and 40 teams) compete in hopes of qualifying for the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California.

Did you know that the starting barbell for the 2012 Snatch Ladder Regional Event weighted 155/105 lb. while this year’s starting barbell weighted 185/135 lb? The standards for strength and agility are evolving at an incredibly fast pace in the CrossFit world! Superman and Catwomen have some work to do if they want to keep their superhuman titles because some of these CrossFit athletes are just short of being supernatural!

Now, let’s take a closer look at our first place finishers (Men, Women and Teams) from every region!

  • Atlantic Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Emily Bridgers :
        • Age : 28
        • Total Points : 602
        • Bridgers finished within the top 10 in all of the events this year. This is also her third consecutive time winning Regionals! She secured that top spot by a considerable margin, too. Anna Tunnicliffe took 2nd with 533 points and Meg Reardon finished close behind Tunnicliffe with 528 points.
    • Individual Men

      • Ben Smith
        • Age : 26
        • Total Points : 618
        • Smith remained quite cozy on top of the leaderboard at the Atlantic Regionals, he took three event wins and his ‘worst’ finish  was a 7th place! The reigning ‘Fittest Man on Earth’ will not go down without a fight, he showed up to Regionals fitter than we had ever seen him before! Finishing behind him was the 2015 Atlantic Regionals winner, Noah Ohlsen, with 560 points followed by Travis Mayer with 531 points.
    • Team

      • Team Soul
        • Members : Dillon Betancourt, Rey Fernandez, Todd Smith, April Lowe, Danielle Lopiz, Lilly Bertz and Melissa Alonso
        • Total Points : 803
        • Three seems to be the magic number in the Atlantic because this team also came home with three event wins! Throughout the weekend, they managed to maintain their top position. After every event, the other teams would move around the leaderboard like popcorn but not Team Soul, from event 1 to the moment they stepped off the competition floor they clung to first!
  • California Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Lauren Fisher
        • Age : 22
        • Total Points : 563
        • The 2014 Games competitor will be back in Carson this year. Fisher was hungry for a victory after failing to qualify for the Games last year and her hard work paid off! Sometimes, disappointment can be the springboard to success! After winning event 3, it was clear to everyone that she was a force to be reckoned with.
    • Individual Men

      • Josh Bridges
        • Age : 32
        • Total Points : 598
        • Bridges had redemption on his mind during Regionals since he also failed to qualify for the 2015 CrossFit Games. In the past year, Bridges left the military and was able to focus a lot more on his training. He started off with a 10th place in event 1 but quickly moved up the leaderboard after finishing in the top 3 in the following four events. He looked fired up and unstoppable! It must’ve been the new stache!
    • Team

      • Diablo CrossFit Anejo
        • Members : Jamie Lee, Kyle Zozaya, Kyle Kleinschmidt, Pete Lemone, Kaitlin Kopp, Kayla Clark, Vanessa Santillan and Whitney Heuser
        • Total Points : 822
        • With four event wins and two 2nd place finishes, it was clear that they meant business! Their secret? Tequila! Their team bio on the CrossFit Games website states that ‘They start with Tequila and end the Games with more Tequila’! Now, that’s a competition strategy I would be willing to try!
  • Central Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Sheila Barden
        • Age : 28
        • Total Points : 565
        • One word describes Barden, fierce! In fact, she previously played on a all-boys’ tackle football team! She earned four finishes inside the top 3 including two event wins and it was just enough to earn herself the Regional title. The race was incredibly tight, she edged out Stacie Tovar by only 1 point!
    • Individual Men

      • Scott Panchik
        • Age : 28
        • Total Points : 582
        • Panchik stayed close to the top of the leaderboard all weekend but it was only during the last event that he snatched his first event win! Consistency is his secret oomph! He might not win many events but he’s always close behind the others and ready to climb up the leaderboard when it matters. In fact, that’s how he won Regionals last year, his best finish was only a third place but he managed to grab the Central Regional title anyways!
    • Team

      • CrossFit Mayhem Freedom
        • Members : Jake Lockert, James Hobart, Matt Hewett, Richard Froning Jr., Elly Kabboord, Kristin Reffett, Lauren Neal and Lindy Barber
        • Total Points : 815
        • As the reigning ‘Fittest Team On Earth’, they are probably the most famous team out on the competition floor! Team captain, Rich Froning, won the ‘Fittest Man On Earth’ title for 4 straight years (2011-2014) and he led CrossFit Mayhem Freedom to a team victory at the 2015 Games!
  • East Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
        • Age: 23
        • Total Points : 568
        • The 2015 CrossFit Games champ moved from Europe to compete in the East Region this year! The women from the East region proved to be a fierce crowd but Davidsdottir was up for the challenge. She edged out Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault for the top spot by 14 points while Michele Letendre took 3rd. It was a tight race among the East Regional women with only 52 points separating 1st and 5th place! If there’s one thing Katrin could work on before the Games it would have to be those legless rope climbs!
    • Individual Men

      • Mathew Fraser
        • Age : 26
        • Total Points : 670 (only 30 points away from a perfect score!)
        • You’ve surely heard about Mat Fraser’s amazing performance this year, conquering five out of seven events! He won the 2015 East Regionals by an impressive 74 points ahead of Alex Vigneault but that (apparently) wasn’t enough for Mat, he extended that lead this year by 84 points. Yes, Mat Fraser finished ahead of second place, Albert-Dominic Larouche, by 158 points!
    • Team

      • Team Dynamix
        • Members: Christian Harris, David Charbonneau, Farouk Houssein, Ian Berger, Amy Dracup, Andrea Ager, Becca Day, Carissa Mueller
        • Total Points : 795
        • Team Dynamix is a well-rounded team, they weren’t always THE best team on the floor but they never finished outside of the top 6! In fact, they walked away with only 2 event wins while the second place team, CrossFit Parallax, finished the weekend with 4 event wins! As you can imagine, it was a tight race with only 4 points separating the top 2 teams!
  • Meridian Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir
        • Age : 23
        • Total Points : 650
        • The  ‘Fittest Women on Earth’  title slipped through Sigmundsdottir’s fingers during the very last event in 2015! However, from her performance at this year’s Regionals, it’s clear that she won’t let that happen again! She looked focused and hungry for victory, she could very well grab that title in Carson this July! The other powerhouses joining her in Carson from the Meridian Regional are Annie Thorisdottir, Kristin Holte, Samantha Briggs and Thuridur Erla Helgadottir.
    • Individual Men

      • Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
        • Age : 23
        • Total Points : 618
        • After finishing second at Regionals in 2015, Guðmundsson was aiming for the Meridian title this year. And… he didn’t just win, he won by an impressive 85 points. He made sure the other competitors knew he would be a force to be reckoned with right from the start by wining the two first events! He made it look kind of easy, too!
    • Team

      • Nordic OPEX
        • Members: Blaine McConnell, David Shorunke, Gebriel Rutensköld, Simon Nybacka, Anna Viggedal, Bjork Odinsdottir, Camilla Salomonsson Hellman, Jenny Jacobsen
        • Total Points : 835
        • Nordic OPEX finished within the top 5 for each of the 9 events! They also finised their long and strenuous weekend with an incredible finish, they won event 9 by completing the workout almost an entire minute before CrossFit Yas who took second place in that event. Now, that’s called ending with a BANG!
  • Pacific Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Kara Webb
        • Age: 26
        • Total Points : 665
        • This women needs no introduction! After setting the impressive event 1 record of 5:29:82 during the first weekend of the month-long Regional competitions, we were reminded by broadcasters of every region, week after week, that Webb’s time was the time to beat. Did anyone beat her time? No, but almost! Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir finished with a time of 5:30:26! It was a close one! With four event wins and her ‘worst’ finish being a 4th place, Webb is surely in contention for the overall ‘ 2016 Fittest Women on Earth’ title in Carson.
    • Individual Men

      • Rob Forte
        • Age: 29
        • Total Points : 555
        • There was a bit more variance across the leaderboard on the men’s side, Forte won event 4 and event 6 but also had a 24th place finish on event 2 and a 12th place finish on event 3. However, it was enough to win! Last year, Khan Porter finished ahead of Forte by 10 points but this year Forte surpassed James Newbury by 19 points and Khan Porter by 22 points. These top 3 athletes have incredible athletic capabilities, it was really anyone’s game!
    • Team

      • Zaks Pack East Tamaki
        • Members : Callum Gifford, Mike Rankin, Richard Idoine, Zak Nothling, Gemma Root, Kirsten Palmer, Megan Signal and Nicola Hanna
        • Total Points : 820
        • Zaks Pack East Tamaki is trying to improve from their 37th place at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games last year and they are well on their way to do so! This team’s consistency played a big role in their success during the regional competition, they maintained all of their finishes within the top 6 with 3 event wins!
  • South Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
        • Age: 27
        • Total Points: 581
        • The variety of the workouts this year created a very unsteady leaderboard throughout the weekend, especially in the South! Even with two finishes outside of the top 10, Leblanc-Bazinet did enough to secure her Regional title once again! With some top athletes, like Margaux Alvarez, changing regions and other athletes retiring, the new comers of the South had a chance to prove themselves and they sure did! Leblanc-Bazinet will be joined by four athletes making their Carson debut this year. They are : Whitney Cappellucci, Alexis Johnson, Tennil Reed and Candice Wagner.
    • Individual Men

      • Roy Gamboa
        • Age : 29
        • Total Points : 578
        • Is it possible to not win any of the Regional events yet still win Regionals? Yes it is, Gamboa did it and he won by a solid 42 points! It was a much tighter race between 2nd place and 5th place with only 20 points separating them. Well-rounded athletes clearly have the upper hand in this competition, it’s not necessarily the event winners that take home the Regional titles, it’s the athletes that can manage to stay as close to the top five throughout the entire weekend. …Unless you’re Mat Fraser, then you just win everything!
    • Team

      • #TeamDensity
        • Members : Ashton Jones, Blake Aulds, Bradly Espinosa, Marco Coppola, Alexis Burgan, Dalin Kennard, Lindsay Schutzler and Nicole Capurso
        • Total Points : 758
        • #TeamDensity followed in Roy Gamboa’s footsteps by winning Regionals without winning any specific event. However, they finished seven of the nine events within the top 5 which bumped them to an overall win! Rockwell CrossFit finished just behind them with only 26 points separating the two spots. #ConsistencyIsKey
  • West Regional

    • Individual Women

      • Carleen Mathews
        • Age : 32
        • Total Points : 605
        • Did you know that Mathews has ‘CrossFit’ tattooed on her heart? Now, that’s true love! There’s a reason she keeps CrossFit so close to her heart, it has allowed her to overcome a troubling phase in her life. As we’ve all been able to witness, ‘troubled’ and ‘unsettled’ are not words that describe Mathews now, ‘strong’ and ‘powerful’ are more fitting. Although Emily Abbott and Margaux Alvarez put up a great fight for the top spot, Mathews claimed it with 42 points ahead of runner-up, Emily Abbott!
    • Individual Men

      • Brent Fikowski
        • Age : 25
        • Total Points : 623
        • After getting bumped out of the top five qualifying spots at last year’s West Regional, Fikowski had a fight or flight decision to make. Was it his time to quit or to train harder? Thankfully, he chose the latter and it paid off!  The hunger for redemption is powerful, not only did he qualify for Carson but he also won the West Regionals… by a lot! He finished 70 points ahead of Ben Stoneberg who finished second.
    • Team

      • Boise CrossFit Rainbow
        • Members : Andy Rosenbaum, Cameron Pernich, Drax Delfico, Sun Chang, Caitlin Anderson, Christie Thorwart, Dani Mosbrucker and Johanna Schroeder
        • Total Points : 850
        • After making their first appearance at the Games in 2014, they are back and stronger than ever! They’ve been called underdogs in the past but with this win under their belts, Broise CrossFit Rainbow have shown the world their true colors! Watch out, these guys will be legitimate contenders for the title in Carson!

As we’ve said before, the standards are higher than ever and the events are getting harder, too. In fact, none of the teams were able to finish all of the events under the time cap this year.

So, have you booked off July 19th to July 24th? Get ready for an incredible showdown!

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