California Regional Day 2 Recap: King Josh

Day 2 of the 2016 CrossFit Games Regionals in California are in the books and we're getting an idea of who will be qualifying for Carson.

Team Results and Storylines

With six of nine events wrapped up, we have a good idea of which teams are in the running to go to Carson. Diablo CrossFit Anejo had a dominant Saturday racking up a 1st, 1st, and 2nd finish in today’s events.

While Diablo CrossFit Anejo holds onto the top spot, Invictus is only 33 points behind them in second place. If Diablo CrossFit Anejo keeps up this level of performances, they’ll be hard to catch but Invictus is up to the challenge.

Rounding out the top 5 is Team CDR, CrossFit 808, and CrossFit Davis. CrossFit Costa Mesa (6th), EndGame Athletics (7th), NorCal Redwood City (8th), and CrownTown (9th) are all close enough to 5th to make a good run at a qualifying spot if 808 or Davis meltdown on Day 3.

Women’s Results and Storylines

Welcome to the Lauren Fisher show, everybody. After two days of competition, Lil Fish is comfortably in 1st place with Games veteran Becca Voigt 33 points behind her. Jamie Hagiya dropped to 3rd today after finishing in 1st yesterday, but she’s still pretty comfortably in the top 3.

Alessandra Pichelli hasn’t been consistent, but where she has been effective, she’s been dominant. With two 1st place finishes and a 3rd place finish, she’s sitting in 4th because of a 31st and 22nd place finishes in events 2 and 4.

Brooke Ence showed up big in Event 5 with a 3rd place finish to move into 5th place, but her spot is all but guaranteed. Colleen Fotsch and Chyna Cho are within 6 points of 5th place and tomorrow’s events work in Cho’s favor.

Expect to see Lauren Fisher solidify her first place finish and expand her lead on Day 3. Becca Voigt has pretty much locked in her unprecedented 9th trip to the Games, so the real questions for Day 3 are can Jamie Hagiya stay in the top 5, can Alessandra Pichelli find some consistency, and will Brooke Ence be able to keep Colleen Fotsch and Chyna Cho off her back?

Men’s Results and Storylines

Josh Bridges is on a tear. He utterly dominated Day 2, with a 3rd place finish and two 1st place finishes. With Day 3, Bridges has two opportunities to expand his lead. Event 6 is an unknown with the 225lb overhead squats, but if the 405lb deadlifts in Event 5 were any indication, he’ll be just fine.

Rasmus Wisbech Andersen is in second and while his spot isn’t guaranteed, it’s pretty safe which is more than can be said about 3rd through 5th. Henry Lopez, Dan Bailey, and Marcus Filly round out the top 5 and only 3 points separate them. Day 3 will definitely shuffle the leaderboard, but I expect all three of these athletes to make a good claim on a spot.

On the outside looking in are Christian Lucero (6th), Jason Carroll (7th), and Garret Fisher (8th). There are only 24 points between 5th and 8th, so expect to see Lucero, Carroll, and Fisher throw caution to the wind on Day 3 in order to maximize their opportunities at finishing in the top 5.

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