Last year, Dan Bailey placed third at the SoCal Regional. This year, with NorCal and SoCal combined, Bailey occupied the top spot during the entire three-day competition, finishing in first.
What was the difference between 2014 and 2015?
Consistency, Bailey said.
“Last year I missed my snatch and bombed the last workout. If I had done that this year I wouldn’t have done as well,” he said.
Now that he’s made it to the Games, Bailey’s plan for the next few months is “work on my weaknesses and enjoy training.”
Neal Maddox and Jon Pera, the second- and third-place finishers, both said this is their last year competing as individuals.
“Six for six, baby!” Maddox said after placing second.
“This is my last year as an individual,” Pera said, “but I enjoyed the entire weekend.”
Brooke Ence, the winner of the women’s competition, was still in shock when the weekend was over.
“I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about first,” Ence said. “This is my second year as an individual competitor, and I honestly didn’t think I could do it.”
Ence will make her first trip to the Games this year.
Rebecca Voigt, who finished in fifth, is making her eighth consecutive trip to the Games, an all-time record.
“Eight is great!” Voigt said.