September 17, 2015
Leaders of Week 1
By Megan Mitchell
Lesser-known teams are challenging the expected leaders.
Lesser-known teams are challenging the expected leaders.


Team Reebok Classics during Event 3.

Lesser-known teams are challenging the expected leaders.
 

The first week of the 2015 CrossFit Team Series has come to a close. With the leaderboard now packed with scores, it has become clear that this year’s competition won’t be easily ceded to a handful of super teams.

Lesser-known teams are challenging the Rogue- and Reebok-sponsored teams’ hold on the top of the leaderboard. Ben Smith’s younger brother, Alec, and the other athletes of Team Swagith Moondini (C. Wagner, C. Dardini, C. Mooney) were able to hold off Built By Bergeron (K. Davidsdottir, M. Letendre, C. Sager, M. Fraser) and Rogue Fitness Black (R. Froning, J. Bridges, S. Briggs, M. Alvarez) to claim the fourth spot on the overall leaderboard.

A team that didn’t register as a super team before the start of the competition, Midwest Exercisers (J. Long, D. Burk, M. Freeman, T. Williamson), follow right behind Rogue Fitness Black in seventh. Like Swagith Moondini, none of its athletes advanced beyond the regional level in 2015. (Read more: “Do Great Individuals Make Great Teams?”)

That said, five of the eight athletes who finished the 2014 CrossFit Team Series in first and second place, respectively, hold the same rank in 2015. Ben Smith, Stacie Tovar, and Emily Bridgers of Team Reebok East (2014, first) lead as Team Reebok Classics, and Dan Bailey and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet of Rogue Fitness Red (2015, second) are once again in second overall. 

Overall 

1. Team Reebok Classics | 1 - 2 - 1 - 3 
2. Rogue Red | 4 - 1 - 3 - 4 
3. Reebok Pump | 5 - 10 - 2 - 2 
4. Team Swagith Moondini | 3 - 7 - 4 - 8 
5. Built by Bergeron | 8 - 4 - 7 - 5 
6. Rogue Fitness Black | 20 - 3 - 8 - 1 
7. Midwest Exercisers | 18 - 8 - 5 - 6 
8. Driven Nutrition ProMO417 | 9 - 6 - 14 - 10 
9. Progenex Misfits | 22 - 5 - 6 - 7 
10. CrossFit Grandview | 7 - 15 - 26 - 9 


Event 1 - Double-under/Row/Step-up

1. Team Reebok Classics (12:05)

2. Centaurs (12:36)
3. Team Swagith Moondini (12:49)
4. Rogue Red (12:54)
5. Reebok Pump (12:55)
6. CF Diamond State No Cats (13:09)
7. CrossFit Grandview (13:11)
8. Built by Bergeron (13:14)
9T. Driven Nutrition ProMO417 (13:24)
9T. Diablo CrossFit (13:24)

Emily Bridgers and Stacie Tovar completed the chipper of 100 double-unders (each), 75-calorie row (total), and 50 dumbbell step-ups (total) in 6:19, while Ben Smith and Paul Tremblay picked up the pace slightly to finish in 5:36 for an event winning time of 12:05.

To get a sense of the top teams’ pace, remember Sam Briggs pulled over 1800 cal/hr on the rower and yet Rogue Fitness Black earned 20th on this event (total time: 13:46, female split: 7:08, male split: 6:38). 


Event 2 - Grace Ladder

1. Rogue Red (311 reps)

2. Team Reebok Classics (302)
3.  Rogue Fitness Black (294)
4. Built by Bergeron (293)
5. Progenex Misfits (292)
6. Driven Nutrition ProMO417 (289)
7. Team Swagith Moondini (283)
8. Midwest Exercisers (280)
9. Team Fitmoo (280)
10. Reebok Pump (279)

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Annie Thorisdottir, Dan Bailey and Graham Holmberg of Rogue Red finished more than 10 rounds of Grace at increasingly heavy weights in 20 minutes. When the clock hit 20 minutes, the women were 11 reps in to the 30 clean and jerks at 165 lb.

Only one other team, Team Reebok Classics, reached the women’s final barbell (165 lb.) Watch that here.


Event 3 - Muscle-up / Deadlift

1. Team Reebok Classics (7:21)

2. Reebok Pump (7:38)
3. Rogue Red (7:41)
4. Team Swagith Moondini (8:03)
5. Midwest Exercisers (8:05)
6. Progenex Misfits (8:07)
7. Built by Bergeron (8:27)
8. Rogue Fitness Black (8:45)
9. Centaurs (8:47)
10. Team Fitmoo (8:59)

Team Reebok Classics finished the 42-30-18 reps for time of muscle-ups with static 350-lb. partner deadlift hold and 350-lb. partner deadlifts in 7:21, beating the next best team by 17 seconds.

There’s over a minute-and-a-half difference between the event winners and the 10th-ranked team.


Event 4 - Thruster / Pull-up

1. Rogue Fitness Black (850 reps)

2. Reebok Pump (814)
3. Team Reebok Classics (811)
4. Rogue Red (791)
5. Built by Bergeron (783)
6. Midwest Exercisers (747)
7. Progenex Misfits (716)
8. Team Swagith Moondini (713)
9. CrossFit Grandview (703)
10. Driven Nutrition ProMO417 (690)

Going up by 5 reps each time the coed partners switched, the teams went from 5 thrusters (95 / 65 lb.) and 5 chest-to-bar pull-ups to 10 and 10, 15 and 15, 20 and 20, etc., climbing as far as possible in 15 minutes.

The top six teams made it into the round of 45 thrusters and 45 chest-to-bars. The winning team, Rogue Fitness Black, got through the thrusters and completed 40 of the 90 chest-to-bar pull-ups within the time cap.


*Please note the leaderboard may shift, affecting rankings and point totals. Go to the leaderboard to see the most up-to-date and accurate record of the competition. 


What’s Next

Come back to the Games site Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. to find out what’s in store for the final week of competition.

 

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