May 16, 2016
Standout Women from Week 1 of the 2016 CrossFit Regionals
May 17, 2016
The first three Regionals of the 2016 CrossFit Games season are over. We saw some great performances from all the competitors at the California, Pacific and South Regionals, but these are the standout women from the first week of Regional competition:
Becca Voigt, 2nd, California
Where else could we start? At 35, Voigt was the oldest athlete competing in her division. That, of course, didn’t stop her from earning 2nd at the California Regional and becoming the first athlete to qualify for nine CrossFit Games. In fact, that’s nine consecutive Games appearances for Voigt, dating all the way back to 2008 when the Games were still held at the Ranch in Aromas, CA. She finished 7th that year, and has since gone on to build quite the CrossFit resume.
2009 CrossFit Games: 20th
2010 Southwest Regionals: 1st
2010 CrossFit Games: 7th
2011 Southern California Regionals: 1st
2011 CrossFit Games: 3rd
2012 Southern California Regionals: 2nd
2012 CrossFit Games: 10th
2012 CrossFit Invitational: Champion, Team USA
2013 Southern California Regionals: 2nd
2013 CrossFit Games: 11th
2014 Southern California Regionals: 2nd
2014 CrossFit Games: 24th
2014 CrossFit Invitational: Coach, Team USA, Champions
2015 California Regionals: 5th
2015 CrossFit Games: 31st
2016 California Regional: 2nd
2016 CrossFit Games: ?
At the 2016 California Regional, Voigt finished in the top 10 for all seven events. In four of those events, she finished in the top 5, winning one (event 6). But perhaps her most impressive moment came in the very first event of the competition: the snatch speed ladder. Athletes must complete 10 squat snatches at 185/135lbs (men/women), 8 squat snatches at 205/145lbs, 6 squat snatches at 225/155lbs, 4 squat snatches at 245/165, and finally 2 squat snatches at 265/175lbs. There is an 11-minute time cap on the event. Voigt came in with the goal of completing the six snatches at 155lbs. She completed the event in 9:25.03, snatching her listed PR of 175lbs twice in the process. She was one of just 21 women who completed the event under the time cap. Despite never winning the CrossFit Games, Voigt’s legacy in the sport of fitness is cemented through her remarkable achievement. Oh and by the way, she plans to go for 10 straight in 2017.
Kara Webb, 1st, Pacific
Webb, 26, won her fourth Regional title in dominating fashion at the Pacific Regional. Most people familiar with the CrossFit Games will be well aware of Webb’s exploits—she finished 5th at the 2015 Games and has competed at four Games in totoal. Despite never finishing on the podium at Carson, the Australian is always a favorite to win the competition, and the Regional provided a reason why. She had four event wins, all of which are current event records, and placed 3rd, 3rd, and 4th in the three other events. Webb finished the weekend with an astounding 665 points—a total that is yet to be matched by any competitor, male or female.
Lauren Fisher, 1st, California
Fisher burst on to the scene as a 20-year-old at the 2014 CrossFit Games, where she finished 9th. She failed to qualify as an Individual for the 2015 Games, but did compete with her team, CrossFit Invictus, which finished 13th. With the current level of competition in the CrossFit Games field, it can be hard for anyone to book a return trip to the Games—just ask Dan Bailey. Yet Fisher showed rugged determination that betrayed her youth as she posted three finishes inside the top 3—including an win in event 3—to secure her first Regional title and return to Carson as an Individual competitor.
Jamie Hagiya, 5th, California
Hagiya, 31, was competing at her fourth Regional competition. She had some fierce athletes to contend with at the California Regional, but was able to fend off the Regional winner from last year, Brooke Ence, for the 5th and final qualifying spot. Hagiya, a former collegiate basketball player at the University of Southern California, tore her Achilles in 2015. She has been a determined athlete in pursuit of her dream at competing at the CrossFit Games. She had to fight throughout, but came through in the clutch in the final event of the competition. She was only one point ahead of Ence in 5th, but posted a time of 3:46.13, good for 2nd in the event and locking up 5th place overall after Ence finished 5th in the event.
Whitney Cappelluci, 2nd, South
Cappelluci, 28, played collegiate rugby at the University of New Mexico before two separate ACL injuries forced her to give up the sport. In 2013, she hyperextended her elbow in event 2 on the overhead squat, and she had to withdraw from the competition. In 2015, she finished in 6th place at the South Regional, just nine points out of a qualifying spot. This year, she finally broke through and earned the right to compete at the CrossFit Games. Cappelluci had five top 10 finishes at the South Regional, including an important win in event 7 that locked her in to 2nd place overall.