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Adams, Loewen, and Eramo O’Connell Make Moves on Day 2 of Syndicate Crown

May 21, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Ava Kitzi
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At the end of Day 1 at Syndicate Crown, three Games vets–Haley Adams, Kristi Eramo O’Connell and Arielle Loewen–sat outside of Games qualifying spots, by quite a bit actually. But, Saturday is moving day, and move all three these ladies did.

The details: Day 1 didn’t go well for Adams, Eramo O’Connell or Loewen and it mostly had to do with Event 1, the CrossFit standardized barbell complex.

  • Haley Adams lifted 200 pounds and carded a 23rd place score.
  • Arielle Loewen hit 210 pounds, good enough for 16th. 
  • Kristi Eramo-O’Connell recorded 215, which put her in 12th.

Two of the three started their comebacks early, as Adams won Event 2 “Oregon Trail” and Loewen took 6th. Eramo-O’Connell dropped further, finishing in 17th. The event was a work capacity test with Echo Bike calories, dumbbell grunt work and Torque Tank pushes.

As Day 2 dawned, Adams grabbed a third place finish in “2014 Regionals Event 5,” a workout that lined up very well for her with shuttle runs and legless rope climbs, while Eramo O’Connell knocked it out of the park, taking an event win and setting a world record in process with a time of 3:21, 11 seconds faster than Tia-Clair Toomey. Loewen also performed well, taking 8th and continuing her crawl back up the leaderboard.

Skiing with Karen, individual Event 4 is where things really picked up for this crew. Adams hit full send in the triplet plus one of ski cals, wall balls and GHDs with handstand walks in between each ascending round of reps. Adams is one of, if not the best in the world at GHD sit-ups and crushed the workout, finishing it in 24:18, just under the 25 minute cap. The only other athlete to finish it was Loewen who came in second at 24:21, just three seconds behind Adams. Eramo O’Connell hit the time cap but still carded a 6th place finish.

The bottom line: As the dust settled on moving day, Adams held firmly onto a Games qualifying spot in third place, only 10 points out of first. Loewen sits in sixth, two points out of qualifying for the Games for a second year in a row, and Eramo O’Connell is in seventh place with a bit of work left to do.

With two workouts left on Sunday, there are 200 points up for grabs, and all three of these athletes can make their case for a Madison berth.

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