Ten Masters Athletes Double Qualify for Semis: Potential Backfill Spots Available
Editors Note: As we are informed of athletes on this list, written numbers from the time of publishing will become inaccurate. Please refer to the table below for our most up to date and accurate information.
A couple weeks ago we outlined the timeline of events for Age Group athletes who had the potential to qualify for Semifinals in both the individual and age group divisions.
Remind me: The 2022 CrossFit Quarterfinals occurred over a span of six weeks. If an athlete qualified through the Open, he or she was allowed to compete in all three Quarterfinal divisions (Individual, Team, and Age Groups), but is only able to compete in one division for Semifinals.
- Registration for the Individual Semifinal closed prior to the Age Group Quarterfinals taking place, so athletes were given the green light to register as an Individual with the option to rescind it later on if they also qualified for the Age Group Semifinal.
- Age Group Semifinal registration is open from May 10 to May 23, which runs alongside Week 1 of Individual Semifinals, and it remains unclear if there is a deadline for Age Group athletes to rescind their Individual invitations.
With the finalization of leaderboards still pending, it appears that a select group of ten Masters age athletes (eight women and two men) have indeed qualified via both paths for Semifinals. This is significant because now these ten athletes will have to decide which paths to pursue for the rest of the season.
Who Are They?
|Week||Individual Semifinal||Gender||Athlete||Age Group||Place in AGQ|
|1||Lowlands Throwdown||F||Aneta Tucker||35-39||1st|
|3||Far East||F||Maryam Zanbagh||35-39||24th|
|3||Far East||M||Ram Dover||35-39||27th|
|3||Granite Games||F||Jenn Ryan||40-44||2nd|
|3||Granite Games||F||Rebecca Voigt Miller||40-44||7th|
|4||Copa Sur||F||Anita Pravatti||35-39||4th|
|4||Copa Sur||F||Jimena Delamer||40-44||8th|
|4||Strength in Depth||M||Ioannis Papadopoulos||35-39||8th|
|4||Strength in Depth||F||Angelica Bengtsson||35-39||12th|
|4||Strength in Depth||F||Samantha Briggs||40-44||6th|
*We do acknowledge the possibility of missing someone in this list, as they are created manually, and we do not have access to official backend data belonging to CrossFit. If we have forgotten someone, please let us know so we can update accordingly.
What Does It Mean?
For each athlete above who chooses to compete in their age division, it will open up a Semifinal spot for the next individual in line in their continent. Similarly, if any of them choose to pursue the individual path, that will open up a potential backfill spot for the next Masters athlete up in their division.
From a timing perspective, the case of Hayley Murillo is most pressing as Aneta Tucker is not registered for the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown, and her spot has already been backfilled. In general, the faster these athletes are (1) given the opportunity to decide, and (2) able to confirm their decisions officially, the better it is for everyone involved.
- Competition directors for live Semifinals need to know who is competing at their event and who is not.
- Athletes, coaches, and support teams need to know when and where they are competing so they can plan accordingly, not just from a training perspective, but also logistically (travel, lodging, time off work or away from families, etc).
The Bottom Line: Regardless of their final decisions, each one of these athletes have accomplished something incredible by qualifying for Semifinal events in two CrossFit divisions through two separate competitions. We expect there will be some who remain on the Individual path, while others choose to go the age group route. Either way, all ten Semifinals (excluding the Last Chance Qualifier) will be over and done with six weeks from now, leaving a very narrow window for roster adjustments.