Now that we know how to and who to watch at this weekend’s CrossFit Regionals, it’s time to address another vital question: who will come out on top?

With fewer than 1% of athletes and teams advancing from the Open to this second stage of competition, the Regionals field is undeniably deep with talent. This  year’s workouts favor well-rounded athletes, and there are plenty of new(ish) faces with a legitimate chance to pilfer a spot atop their Super Regional podium.

Expert Predictions Regionals Week 1

But who will be the best performers across all seven events? We can wait until Sunday to find out, but what’s the fun in that? Let’s speculate!

For my — and your — entertainment, I asked some friends, some of whom also happen to be exercise-for-time experts, for their picks for Top Five Women of Weekend 1 (regardless of Region; these are just the ladies we’re guessing will perform exceptionally well). 

Here are our picks, listed in alphabetical order:

Picks from Daniel Tyminski

(Daniel is a 4-time CrossFit Games Individual competitor)

Kristine Andali

Chyna Cho

Lauren Fisher

Becca Voigt

Kara Webb

Picks from Jay Adams

(Jay is a five-time CrossFit Regionals competitor and Head Coach at CrossFit Union Square)

Kristine Andali

Chyna Cho

Brooke Ence

Molly Volmer

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Kara Webb

Picks from Liz Adams

(Liz will be competing in her fourth Regionals the last weekend of May, her second as an Individual)

Kristine Andali

Chyna Cho

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Tia Clair-Toomey

Camillle Leblanc-Bazinet

Kara Webb

Picks from Ian Berger

(Ian is a six-time CrossFit Regionals competitor)

Kristine Andali

Chyna Cho

Tia Clair-Toomey

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Kara Webb

Picks from Keka Schermerhorn

(Keka has served as Head Writer for the CrossFit Regionals East and North East Regions)

Kristine Andali

Chyna Cho

Tia Clair-Toomey

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Molly Volmer

Kara Webb

My Bonus Pick (Because I can!)

Becca Voigt

Picks from Brooke Siem

(2015 was Brooke’s first year competing at Regionals; you can read about her experiences here)

Chyna Cho

Brooke Ence

Chelsey Grigsby

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Kara Webb

Picks from David Tao

(David once set a world record for running five kilometers while eating ten hot dogs)

Kristine Andali

Colleen Fotsch

Chelsey Grigsby

Alexis Johnson

Kara Webb

While most names made it onto  at least two experts’ lists, Kara Webb is the only athlete to make it onto  all seven top fives. There are also a number of would-be Games rookies, being picked to outshine tried-and true veterans. What do you think of our expert picks? Who are your picks for Top Five Women this weekend?

Tune in on Monday morning to see how our experts fared.

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