Always accurate Regionals predictions

Here is my 4th (???) installment of predicting the results of Regionals. I have yet to miss any pick. Ya, last year, when Dan Bailey didn’t make the Games, I predicted that. Or when that obscure gym from the Meridian Regional made the Games, I predicted that. I called Rich Froning retiring from individual competition before he did.

I’m that good.

Go ahead, look it up. It’s all on this site somewhere.

On to this years perfect predictions.

First weekend – I CAN’T WAIT!!

East Regional

  • Women: Hard not to pick Katrin Davidsdottir to win this region, right? She is the reigning two time Fittest Woman on Earth. But I’m going with Kari Pearce to pull out the upset with Katrin finishing second. Wrapping up the top 5 I will go with Dani Horan, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault and Chelsey Hughes.
  • Men: Um, duh, Mat Frazier. I’m not going against him. Patrick Vellner will finish in 2nd, but well behind Frazier. Alex Vigneault, Chase Smith and Albert-Dominic Larouche take the remaining qualifying spots. It sucks not having Lucas Parker at the Games…but it ain’t happening this year.
  • Teams: CrossFit Milford, Pro1 Montreal and Reebok CrossFit One take the top 3 spots. Team Back Bay and Ocean States Finest go to the Games, too.

South Regional

  • Women: Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet wins the region and this year she will finish top 5 at the Games. I’m calling that now. Margaux Alvarez, Tennil Reed, Brenda Castro and Alexis Johnson qualify.
  • Men: Niklas Hecht wins over Roy Gamboa. He comes strong out of Vegas. Travis Williams, Sean Sweeney and Tommy Vinas round out this region. I miss the days when a bunch of Colorado athletes owned this group. Colorado is hard to find now other than CLB.
  • Teams: Wasatch Brutes, Salt Lake City CF, EADO Elite Blue, Max Effort Avengers and CrossFit Jaakarhu win.

Pacific Regional

  • Women: Really hard to pick against Kara Webb, and I am not. She edges out Tia Toomey. Does it really matter past those two? I don’t think so. Anyone else out of this region is shark bait at the Games.
  • Men: Ricky Garard, Rob Forte and Khan Porter stand on the podium. James Newbury and Mitchell Sinnamon take spots in Madison.
  • Teams: I’ll just go with the top 5 teams out of Australia. Asia gets blanked.

California Regional

  • Women: What used to be a beast of a region has certainly fallen. Lauren Fisher is back and healthy and wins. Chyna Cho is right there along with Alessandra Pichelli. Kirsten Pedri takes fourth and I have to pick Becca Voigt to go to her 35th straight CrossFit Games. No Jamie Hagiya this year.
  • Men: Josh Bridges should clean up. No really heavy barbells to slow him down this year. Jason Carroll and Christian Lucero are next up with Julian Alcaraz (and all those Street Parking WODs with dumbbells) and Lorin Adams rounding out.
  • Teams: Going to be hard to be NorCal, I think. Invictus always sends a team and this time Paradiso, 209 Sport and 808 go to the Games.

Central Regional

  • Women: This might be the stacked female region. Sara Sigmundsdottir wins it. Kristi Eramo and Stacie Tovar come in next. Brooke Wells makes it, but without a really heavy barbell she doesn’t have home run power this year. Jenn Smith takes the final spot.
  • Men: Scott Panchik wins. The men side is stacked here, too. Sam Dancer somehow pulls out second without the help of a heavy barbell….or any barbell. Zak Carchedi goes to the games along with Alex Anderson and Dan Bailey (who will need to come out of the 2nd heats on Friday).
  • Team: Obviously Mayhem Freedom. They win almost every event and OC3, Timberwolf, 417, Three Kings and Koda CrossFit go to the Games.

Meridian Regional

  • Women: Sam Briggs benefits from no barbells. Jamie Greene looks poised to make noise at the Games. Annie Thorisdottir will squeak out third over Kristin Holte. Emma McQuaid comes out of nowhere to take fifth. Some of the other Dottir’s succeed with a heavy barbell, so this will not be their year.
  • Men: Jonne Koski wins and Karl Gudmundsson taking second. Frederik Aegidius joins his girlfriend (Annie) and Lukas Hogberg and Elliot Simmonds go. Rasmus has to wait until next year to play with Fisher in Madison.
  • Team: I have to be honest – I don’t know any of these teams. So…I’m going to abstain. I can’t be wrong if I don’t pick.

West Regional

  • Women: I think Emily Abbott won almost every Open workout in this region, so she wins. Carly Fuhrer, Carleen Mathews, Alex Parker and Emily Rolfe go.
  • Men: Brent Fikowski podiums in Madison this year. Sam Kwant takes second. Tyson Takasaki returns and Ben Stoneberg and Mitch Wagner take the final two spots.
  • Team: CrossFit Fort Vancouver is always at the Games. Marysville, Armoury, Taranis and Cascade qualify.

Atlantic Regional

  • Women: Emily Bridgers cleans up. I feel like all of these workouts are in her wheelhouse. Alison Scudds makes it along with Alea Helmick, Meredith Root and Cassidy Lance-McWherter.
  • Men: The Smith boys take one and two with Ben edging out younger brother Alec. Noah Ohlsen comfortably gets in and Jacob Anderson and Travis Mayer take the final two spots.
  • Team: 12 Labours wins. Balance, Diamond State, Training Think Tank and Peak 360 also go to Madison.

There you have it. Book it. Bet it. Money.

Only 3 more days!!!

Did you actually search to see if I am always right? I’m hardly EVER right…

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