One of the cool things about having had the privilege to report on local sports for the last 10 years or so is that I’ve had the opportunity to watch several athletes grow, mature and succeed in high school, college and in a few cases beyond. One of those who has continued to excel in athletics after college has been Etna High School grad Sarah Loogman.
Loogman placed 15th in a CrossFit Regional held in Del Mar last weekend, and as you’ll soon read, she had some extra motivation. Below are several questions that I asked her earlier this week, and her answers.
How long have you been competing in Crossfit, and where is your “home” gym?
My home gym is Northstate CrossFit in Redding. I started CrossFit in February 2013, although it was with a different gym at the time.
What is the official name of the competition? Was it for the state of CA, or was it a multi-state regional?
This was the California Regional. (T)his was all of California. However, all of the other Regionals are not necessarily broken down by state. In fact there are only eight Regionals worldwide. Ours just happens to be a very small geographical area in comparison due to the competitiveness of this area.
I was tied for 14th by points, but I’m ranked 15th overall due to the fact that the girl I tied with had a higher event finish. She’s actually a former CrossFit Games champ and is a veteran of the sport. Phenomenal athlete.
How many competitors were there in your division?
Forty. The top 20 women of NorCal and top 20 of SoCal.
Please explain the process for getting to the competition.
So the CrossFit season consists of three stages, the Open, the Regionals, and the Games. The CrossFit Games are what was aired on ESPN the last few years and takes place in Carson, California.
The Open typically takes place between February – March and is literally “open” to anyone in the world. For five weeks, one workout is announced each week. These workouts are completed at your home gym and are either validated by a judge or video submission. The higher level athletes are required a few extra steps to make sure that our scores are legitimate.
Anyway…after the five weeks and five workouts, the top athletes of each region advance to the Regionals. There are 17 regions worldwide and although each of these regions used to have their own Regionals events, since last year, they are now condensed into eight “Super Regionals” which has made this competition more difficult than ever to qualify.
The California Regional is a combination of the So Cal and Nor Cal regions. They take the top 20 men and 20 women of the Open from each of our two regions to compete in the California “Super” Regional. I placed 13th in Nor Cal out of 4,990 individual women to claim one of these qualifying spots. California is also arguably the most, or at least one of the most, competitive Regionals worldwide.
The top five men and women advance to the CrossFit Games in Carson in July.
What were the individual events within the competition? What was the most difficult for you? The easiest (relatively)?
There were seven events total for the weekend, you can view them all here along with video/descriptions for each: http://games.crossfit.com/workouts/regionals/2016
Event two was initially concerning for me, as strict muscle ups are a very advanced strength and skill movement and this was the first time they ever introduced them to competition. Traditionally this has been one of my weakest movements, but it actually ended up being my best with a 7th place event finish. One that I knew I could do pretty well in was Event six, although I didn’t expect it to go as well as it did. I won my heat in that one and that was an awesome experience. I wouldn’t say easy, but definitely fun.
Were there any surprises concerning your performance over the course of the competition, good or bad?
Yes. I knew this would be a learning experience as my rookie year and it was exactly that. I was really dehydrated going into day two, but didn’t really realize it. The whole morning I felt pretty awful and had a pretty tough time getting through the first couple of events. It didn’t really show on the live feed but on Event five, I ended up having some severe muscle cramps as a combination of muscle fatigue and dehydration and the medical staff nearly took me off the field.
After a few Pedialytes and some time with the medical team, I ended up feeling great for the final day, but my irresponsibility definitely cost me some points on day two. Lesson learned. (more…)
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