CrossFit Regionals Week 2: Experts Predict Top Women (with Special Guest Becca Voigt)

Week 1 of the 2016 Regionals is done and, thanks to live streaming and archived footage, we were able to see how the first batch of athletes handled the workouts on the competition floor.

I was looking forward to seeing Regional Nate in action, and Alethea Boon’s performance — she was the only female athlete coming within 10 reps of finishing the workout — made me immediately regret not having her as one of my picks for Week 1. But she wasn’t the only surprise of the weekend; over 67% of athletes who competed at the Games in 2015 failed to qualify for the 2016 Games after Week 1 of Regionals.

For Week 2, I have once again asked the “experts” to pick their Top Five Women, regardless of Region. There are only two regions competing this weekend, but that doesn’t make picking any easier. Will we see more household names struggle to make the cut? Will new names succeed in closing the gap, and punching their first ticket to the Games.

This week, our special guest is none other than 9-time CrossFit Games qualifier Becca Voigt. Read below to see which women Becca thinks will perform well in Week 2!

Here are this week’s picks, in alphabetical order:

Picks from Becca Voigt

(Becca is the first nine-time qualifier for The CrossFit Games)

Emily Abbott

Margaux Alvarez

Emily Bridgers

Carleen Matthews

Meg Reardon

Picks from Jay Adams

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

Emily Abbott

Margaux Alvarez

Emily Bridgers

Alex Parker

Anna Tunnicliffe

Picks from Liz Adams

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

Emily Abbott

Christy Adkins

Emily Bridgers

Alea Helmick

Cassidy Lance

Picks from Ian Berger

(Ian is six-time Regionals competitor, BarBend author, and occasional athletic-wear model)

Emily Abbott

Margaux Alvarez

Emily Bridgers

Alea Helmick

Anna Tunnicliffe

Picks from Keka Schermerhorn

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

Emily Abbott

Margaux Alvarez

Emily Bridgers

Alea Helmick (Bonus Pick!)

Carleen Matthews

Anna Tunnicliffe

Picks from Brooke Siem

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

Emily Abbott

Emily Bridgers

Cassidy Lance

Alex Parker

Anna Tunnicliffe

Picks from David Tao

(David didn’t do so well with his Week 1 picks)

Emily Abbott

Margaux Alvarez

Emily Bridgers

Talayna Fortunato

Courtney Walker

Last weekend, Queen Kara performed as predicted. This week, there are two more names making their way onto all of our experts’ lists. Emily Abbott and Emily Bridgers are this week’s most common inclusions, and everyone we asked picked them to advance.

What do you think about this week’s list? Are we missing someone? Leave your picks below to see how you stack up against our experts.

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Keka Schermerhorn :Keka (like Becca, but with a K) is a professional chef and lifelong athlete who believes in a holistic approach to fitness. As a child she took ballet classes; in high school she earned a spot on the boy’s wrestling team. After college, Keka relied on ballet, boxing and kettlebells as a way to stay fit. Keka has earned her CrossFit Level 1, Level 2 and CrossFit Kids Certificates. She is responsible for the CrossFit Kids program at Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave and CrossFit Union Square in New York City. She is also the Head Writer in the East for the Reebok CrossFit Games, and a contributing writer for CrossFit Games, CrossFit Community, and Greatist.