Sarah Rodriguez

2011 CrossFit Games

Scouting Report: Southern California Ladies Edition

A Few of the Competition Regulars

With the 2011 CrossFit Games season only a few months away, preparation for the Games is heating up. If there is anything we have learned from years past, it’s that previously low-profile athletes will come out of nowhere to challenge CrossFit’s elite.

Last week, we covered athletes out of South Africa. Today, we highlight a few of the women who are regulars to the fierce Southern California competition scene, including some of the top finishers at the OC Throwdowns and Next Level Invitationals. Among them, we have a Navy explosive ordinance disposal officer, a chemistry nerd who's shifting her life from criminalistics to CrossFit, a former rugger, and another talented athlete from Kristen Clever's box. Next week, we'll bring in the guys.

Shauna Egan

Shauna Egan comes out of CrossFit Coronado in San Diego, California. She caught our attention by placing second at the Next Level Invitational, a large unsanctioned CrossFit competition in Southern California that has drawn in Top Games athletes including Kristen Clever. Egan is a West Coast transplant, she grew up in the artisan beer capital that is Burlington, Vermont. From her early childhood through high school, Egan was a gymnast. She gave gymnastics up when she got to college, opting for endurance sports including marathons, triathlons, and a few half Ironman competitions. She was looking for “the next biggest and baddest thing” when she came across CrossFit.

Egan is drawn to what’s tough. She works as a Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Officer. As she explains, the position “is fairly physically selective and has one standard among men and women” so she is accustomed to holding her own with the guys. As part of her job, she gets to dive, jump out of airplanes, and blow things up—not too bad for the 9-5 push. 

Age:  27
Height:  5’6”
Weight:  140lbs

Fran:  4:18
Grace:  4:20
Annie:  7:23
Helen:  8:55
Cindy:  20
Diane:  5:40
Angie:  16:36
Nancy:  13:16

Fight Gone Bad:  329
400m Row:  1:49
5K Run:  20:07

Deadlift:  255lbs
Push Jerk:  147lbs
OHS:  138lbs
Clean/Jerk:  135lbs

2nd at Next Level Invitational, August 2010

Sarah Rodriguez

Sarah Rodriguez has claimed the top spots at recent unsanctioned CrossFit competitions in Southern California. She took 1st at the Next Level Invitational in August and 2nd at the OC Throwdown on this January. Her competitive sports background is short: she played soccer as a kid and continued through high school. Sarah gave up sports in college because she “was too busy being a total nerd and majoring in Chemistry.” After college, she found CrossFit and got hooked. Eager to get better at the Olympic Lifts, Sarah started training under oly coach Kris Kimura. Now, she regularly enters into Olympic lifting and CrossFit competitions.

CrossFit has changed her professional aspirations as well. The self-described chemistry nerd who was set to enter a graduate program in Criminalistics has shifted course and now works as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She has recently moved from her garage gym to a larger box, and she’s aiming for the top. Her first goal is to get her CrossFit La Verne affiliate team to the Games, and next, she’s hoping to make it there herself. She has the humility and drive that we may see her competing in the future, as she says “it’s a high goal, as there are many incredible women out there, but I’ll never stop trying.”

Age: 26
Height: 5'1”
Weight: 120lbs

Diane: 4:24 (kipping HSPU)
Helen: 8:06
Fight Gone Bad: 326
Filthy 50: 26:41

5K: 22:58
30 Muscle-ups for time: 9:07

Deadlift: 265lbs
Back Squat: 200lbs
Clean and Jerk: 147lbs
Snatch: 119lbs

9th  Southern California Regional Team Competition, 2010 
1st  Next Level Invitational, August 2010
2nd OC Throwdown, January 2011

Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan trains out of Valley CrossFit the home of 2010 Games champ Kristan Clever. She came to Los Angeles in 2007 as someone who’d always been involved in sports, but was searching for a new one. She found what she was looking for a year later when she took her first class at Valley CrossFit in June of 2008. From then on she was hooked to training and following the 2008 Games Stats online.

After a year with CrossFit, Hogan placed 18th at the 2009 CrossFit Games, two positions ahead of Rebecca Voigt. She says that “after participating in the 2009 Crossfit Games, I couldn't wait for the next chance to compete at Crossfit.  The Crossfit Games is something I look forward to and train hard for all year long.  Every day, every class, every time I step in the gym I am working to better myself and raise my level to that of my peers.  It's challenging, exhausting, and painful, but I always come back because ultimately I know where I want to be and I know what it will take to get there.”

Hogan has skill in technical movements, particularly the Olympic lifts. Hogan claimed first at the CrossFit USAW Open with a bodyweight snatch and two hundred pound clean and jerk. Her 3:54 Grace with 135 lbs., is the fastest female time we've seen at the men's as prescribed weight.

Age: 27
Height: 5'9
Weight: 160

Grace: 3:54 rx'd@ 135#
Jackie: 8:17 rx'd@ 45#
FGB: 360

Overhead Squat: 205
Clean & Jerk: 200
Snatch: 158
Bench: 180
Press: 120

6th   Southern California Regional, 2009
18th CrossFit Games, 2009
20th  Southwest Regional, 2010
3rd   Next Level Invitational, Aug. 2010
1st   CrossFit USAW Open (75kg+ class)
2nd UTC CrossFit Challenge, Jan. 2011

Beth Guse

Beth Guse trains out of CrossFit Kinnick in Redlands, California. She is a Midwest transplant, exchanging the rolling plains and brutal winters of Wisconsin for the West Coast.

Since arriving to the SoCal competition scene last year, Guse has placed well and kept improving. One year into her CrossFit training, she placed 3rd at the S. California Sectional and 24th at the Southwest Regional. After another six months of preparation, she came to the OC Throwdown earlier this month and took home 1st.

Her athletic background likely has contributed to her success at CrossFit competitions; Beth has experience in tough sports. She ran track and field in high school, and played hooker for the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire rugby team. She feels confident pushing her body hard, and moving quickly through WODs.

We asked her what played to her strengths at the OC Throwdown, and she believes she excels at the workouts that are more like metcons with high reps, less weight, and bodyweight movements or running. She claimed 1st in an event that included a run, 20 kettlebell swings, and 20 pull-ups for three rounds. She’s not shabby in the olympic lifts or weighted WODs either, given her near bodyweight snatch and 3:09 Rx’d Fran. We’re looking forward to seeing more of what she can do in competition.

Age: 29
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 116

Fran: 3:09
Helen: 8:45 
Diane: 4:29
Jackie: 7:51
Squat clean: 150
Snatch: 113
Deadlift: 256
Back Squat: 187

Filthy Fifty: 19:53
5K: 22:08
400M: 1:17

1st : OC Throwdown, January 2011
3rd : S. California Sectional, 2010
24th : Southwest Regional, 2010

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8 comments on this entry

1. Mustafa wrote...

Way to represent, Sarah and Katie!!

2. Jeremy Kinnick wrote...

Beth is a BEAST! Very proud to train her daily! You make us all proud at Crossfit Kinnick!

3. Crossfit Coronado wrote...

Shauna, way to represent Crossfit Coronado! Everyone at the gym loves you!

4. Clint CFCoronado wrote...

Rock on Shauna!

5. Bev Allaire wrote...

Yeah Beth! Your Crossfit Kinnick family is so proud of you ! You're a beast girl!

6. Rocco wrote...

Way to represent, Coach Sarah Rod! Small but mighty!

7. JoAnn wrote...

Not only is Sarah an incredible athlete but she is an awesome trainer who will bring many she trained into Regionals! She inspires all of us at the box from our kids to our masters! Go Sarah!

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