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Shoreline Athletics–Week 5–Open Review

Well folks, that’s a wrap!  The 2017 CrossFit Open is OVER!  What an exciting time at Shoreline Athletics.  It was inspiring to watch so many of our athletes push themselves to places that they never have (or haven’t in quite some time), achieve new skills, and of course, show an amazing sampling of camaraderie!

Let’s see where we stacked up in week 5:

Men’s RX

  1. John Lynch (10:19)
  2. Ryan Hocking & Colby Morawski (11:49)
  3. Geno Bontatibus (12:14)
  4. Frank Vigliotti (12:35)

The overall Men’s RX Leaderboard at Shoreline Athletics for the 2017 season is:

  1. John Lynch (18 points)
  2. Geno Bontatibus (20 points)
  3. Frank Vigliotti (29 points)
  4. Ryan Hocking (54 points)*

* I include a 4th place finisher because Geno performed movements/weights at Master’s 55-59 prescriptions.

Women’s RX

  1. Megin Oczcowski (8:33)
  2. LP (8:42)
  3. Bianca Fiondella (9:37)

The overall Female RX Leaderboard for the 2017 Shoreline Athletics Open is:

  1. Megin (8 points)
  2. LP (19 points)
  3. Bianca (31 points)

Men’s Scaled

  1. Dick Winslow (8:41)
  2. Chris Guandalini (9:03)
  3. Themis Kyriakides (10:43)

This leaderboard also reflects the scores for the Men’s scaled Master’s leaderboard this week.

The overall leaderboard for Men’s Scaled in the 2017 Shoreline Athletics CrossFit Open is:

  1. Chris G. (246 points)
  2. Themis (248 points)
  3. Dick W. (251 points)

This leaderboard also reflects the overall leaderboard for the Men’s Scaled Master’s Division at Shoreline Athletics for the 2017 season!

Women’s Scaled

  1. Jen Gregoretti (8:24)
  2. Taylor Maffeo & Amy Vercillo (8:31)
  3. Lisa Pageau (10:37)

The overall Women’s Scaled Leaderboard for Shoreline Athletics for the 2017 CrossFit Open is:

  1. Taylor Maffeo (222 points)
  2. Amy Vercillo (226 points)
  3. Dale Stewart (259 points)

Master’s Scaled Women

  1. Jen Gregoretti (8:24)
  2. Lisa Pageau (10:37)
  3. Diane Krickmier (11:22)

The overall Master’s Women Scaled Leaderboard for the 2017 Open at Shoreline Athletics is:

  1. Lisa Pageau (265 points)
  2. Diane (Krickmier (272 points)
  3. Aimie Likens (287 points)

Master’s RX Men

  1. John Lynch (10:19)
  2. Geno Bontatibus (12:14)
  3. Frank Vigliotti (12:35)
  4. Joey Herten (14:51)

The overall Men’s RX Master’s Leaderboard for the 2017 Open at SA is:

  1. John Lynch (18 points)
  2. Geno Bontatibus (20 points)
  3. Frank Vigliotti (29 points)

Female Master’s RX Leaderboard

  1. LP (8:42)
  2. Lara McGlashan (17:12)
  3. Mary Pont (17:36)

The overall Female RX Leaderboard for the 2017 CrossFit Open at SA is:

  1. LP (19 points)
  2. Connie Meierdiercks (68 points)
  3. Mary Pont (130 points)


Team Shoreline Athletics–Home of Shoreline CrossFit came in 66th place this week with a 51st place finish overall in the Northeast Region.  This placement will go up as top athletes accept their Regional invitations and their scores are removed from the team roster.  Contributing this week were: John Lynch, Vigs, Zach Shepard (13:10), Megin, LP, and Bianca.

The Shoreline Sixpacks came in 150th this week and placed 190th overall! Contributing members to this week’s score were: Colby, Ryan H., Joey H., Amanda Magleby (10:24), Sarah Lipp (11:31), and Jackie Mac (14:05).  Cheers to coming in the top 200 out of over 4,000 teams in the Northeast!

And I’d like to personally thank the Sixpacks for their unwavering support of our community at SA.  Many members would come at both 6am and 6:30 pm (beers in hand!) to support their peers.  That’s what it’s all about!!

Now to our athletes moving on….

Shoreline Athletics has THREE Master’s athletes moving on to the Online Qualifier that will take place between April 24-30th.  These athletes have a chance of cashing a ticket to the CrossFit Games in August!

John Lynch-45-49 Age Division

John came in 2nd in CT, 3rd in the Northeast, and 20th in the WORLD (out of 12,400 athletes!)!  Let’s talk about John’s 3rd place finish WORLDWIDE in 17.1, and 6th place finish in 17.4… This guy has a STRONG chance of going to Wisconsin (that sounds so weird…Wisconsin…)!

Geno Bontatibus-55-59 Age Division

Geno came in 1st in CT, 4th in the Northeast, and 35th in the WORLD (out of 3,650 athletes)!  Geno had a 9th place finish WORLDWIDE on 17.4.  This guy can go all the way this year!!!

Mary Pont- 50-54 Age Division

Mary placed 5th in CT, 22nd in the Northeast, and 167th WORLDWIDE (out of 10,400 athletes!!!!)!  In case you didn’t know, Mary has A LOT going on in her life at the moment.  She works full-time, is a mother of two, and a supportive wife of a husband who is fighting a courageous battle against cancer.  If you ask me, Mary already won!

Lauren Plumey- 35-39 Age Division

I placed 1st in CT, 4th in the Northeast, and 87th in the WORLD (out of 25,000 athletes)!  To be honest, I originally thought I’d have a better shot at the Games than this; this Open was humbling.  However, I am proud to have qualified for the next stage.  My priority is motherhood these days, and getting an hour in a day to workout 5 days a week is an accomplishment for me!  I’ll give it my best in the Qualifier, but realistically, my 2017 journey will end there (and I’m okay with it 🙂 )

Now, on to our shining star: Meg-O.… Megin came in 3rd in CT, 24th in the Northeast, and 252 WORLDWIDE (out of 140, 800 athletes)!!  In order to advance to the Regional in May, athletes must come in the top 20 in their region.  This currently places Megin four places out.  This being said, if 4 athletes in the top 20 decide to go team (which 2 definitely are), Megin qualifies.  If they do not, Meg’s 2017 journey ends here.  As you can imagine, this is frustrating (Meg would qualify in any other region besides the Northeast), but Meg is realistic and knows that this is part of life as a competitive athlete.

 Just to give y’all some perspective on how much the game changes each year: in 2012, I placed 5th in the Northeast, in 2013, 13th, in 2014, 21st, in 2015 29th, in 2017, 88th!!!  Now, you could argue that having a baby is the reason for this drop, but it is not! I truly haven’t changed much with the birth of Asa (in fact, after testing previous WODs, I’ve gotten better!).  The game has changed…The population increases each year, and the athletes entering the sport become more highly skilled (and people literally quit their jobs to CrossFit!).

This year, Meg had a 16th place finish in the WORLD in 17.3, and 37th place finish in 17.4.  That’s out of almost 141,000 people!!!! WHAAAATTTT??!!

Mark these words: NO ONE works harder in their training at Shoreline Athletics than Meg.  So, if perchance, her Games journey for 2017 ends here, that’s all that it is…the end for 2017; you’ll see a better, fitter, more focused, Meg in 2018….don’t you worry about it…

So, it’s over… NOW IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!!! Please join us at the Thimble Island Brewing Company, 16 Business Park Drive, Branford on April 22nd at 12:30. Thank you to Aimie L. and Matt M. (of the Shoreline Sixpacks) for reserving space for their SA Family.  Feel free to bring a dish to share and we’ll celebrate all of your accomplishments, and acknowledge our Open winners listed above.  Even if you didn’t participate this year, please come to celebrate the amazing community that we have at Shoreline Athletics!!  I better see you there!

A special thanks to Chris Bruno for capturing so many awesome images of the Open at Shoreline Athletics!

Shoreline Athletics-Open Week 4 Review

Well folks, four down and one to go!  We saw some impressive performances this week. With a repeat workout, you’re forced to compete against the younger (1 year, or in my case, one year and one person 😉 version of yourself.  Almost all of our athletes beat their scores from 2016.  Let’s see how we did:

Men’s RX

  1. Geno Bontatibus & John Lynch (255 reps)
  2. Frank Vigliotti (243 reps)
  3. Ryan Hocking (201 reps)
  4. Joey Herten (193 reps)

* I include a 4th because being a Master 55+ Geno performed push-presses instead of HSPUs, as RX’d by CrossFit HQ.

Overall, the Men’s RX Leaderboard reads:

  1. Geno with 11 overall points
  2. John with 14 overall points
  3. Frank Vigs with 19 overall points

Will John catch Geno this week?!!!

Women’s RX

  1. Meg O. (290 reps)
  2. Bianca Fiondella (239 reps)
  3. LP (232 reps)

Overall, the Women’s RX Leaderboard reads:

  1. Meg with 7 points
  2. LP with 17 points (I’m comin’ for you, Meg!!!)
  3. Bianca with 28 points

Men’s Scaled

  1. Dick Windslow (275 reps)
  2. Themis Kyriakides (242 reps)
  3. Nick Thompson (245 reps)

Overall, the Men’s Scaled Leaderboard reads as follows:

  1. Chris Guandalini (205 points)
  2. Themis Kyriakides (205 points)
  3. Sal Esposito (208 points)

This is really anyone’s to win!  Go hard this week, gentleman!

Women’s Scaled

  1. Taylor Maffeo (255 reps)
  2. Amy Vercillo (242 reps)
  3. Jen Gregoretti (239 reps)

Overall, the Scaled Women’s Leaderboard reads:

  1. Taylor (184 points)
  2. Amy (188 points)
  3. Dale Stewart (213 points)

Who will take first: Taylor or Amy?!!?  We’ll see!

Master’s Men RX

  1.  Geno B. & John Lynch (255 reps)
  2. Frank Vigs (243 reps)
  3. Joey Herten (193 reps)

Overall, the Men’s Master’s RX Leaderboard reads:

  1. Geno (11 points)
  2. John (14 points)
  3. Vigs (19 points)

Master’s Women RX

  1. LP (232 reps)
  2. Connie Meierdiercks (190 reps)
  3. Mary Pont (177 reps)

These standing reflect the overall Master’s Women’s Leaderboard as well.

Men’s Master’s Scaled

  1. Dick Windslow
  2. Themis Kyriakides
  3. Nick Thompson.

Overall, the Men’s Master’s Scaled Leaderboard reads:

  1. Chris Guandalini (205 points)
  2. Themis (205 points)
  3. Sal Esposito (208 points)

Once again, this is anyone’s game!!!

Women’s Master’s Scaled

  1. Jen Gregoretti (239 reps)
  2. Andrea Brooks (212 reps)
  3. Lisa Pageau (209 reps)

Overall, the Women’s Master’s Scaled Leaderboard reads:

  1. Lisa Pageau (223 Points)
  2. Andrea Brooks (232 Points)
  3. Aimie Likens (240 Points)


Team Shoreline CrossFit–Home of Shoreline Athletics placed 25th this week!!!  We are currently in 51st place in the Northeast.  LET’S MAKE IT OUR GOAL TO COME IN TOP 50!!  CAN WE DO IT?!!! This week’s contributors were John Lynch, Vigs, Will Brown (185 reps), Meg, Bianca, and LP.

The Shoreline Sixpacks placed 199th this week, and are sitting in 203rd overall.  CAN THE SIXPACKS STAY IN THE TOP 200 IN THE NORTHEAST?!!!  Those who contributed to this week’s score were: Ryan Hocking, Joey Herten, Colby Morawski (180 reps), Amanda Magleby (198 reps), Sarah Lipp (189 reps), Mary Pont (177 reps).

Athletes with the Potential to Advance

Okay, Shoreline… SOOOO… we have FIVE athletes with the potential to advance on from the Open stage of competition.  They are going to need your full support this week!

Megin Oczcowski– Meg is currently sitting in 3rd in CT, 25th in the Northeast, and 210th in the world.  Meg needs (WILL!) to creep up to 20th (or 22 because at least 3 girls are going team in the top 20) to qualify for the East Regional in May.

John Lynch– John is currently 1st in CT, 4th in the NE, and 24th in the world for the 45-49 age division.  John merely needs to remain in the top 200 in the world to advance to the Master’s Qualifier next month.  I’d say it’s safe to say he’s all set 🙂

Geno Botatibus– Geno is currently 1st in CT, 3rd in the NE, and 40th in the world for the 55-59 age division.  Geno also needs to stay in the top 200 for his age group to advance.  There isn’t a doubt in my mind that he will successfully do this!

Lauren Plumey– Lauren is currently in 1st in CT, 8th in the NE, and 110th in world.  LP needs to stay in the top 200 of the 35-39 age division to advance…Don’t worry, double-unders have got to be coming this week!

Mary Pont-Mary is currently in 4th place in CT, 22nd in the NE, and 176th in world for the 50-54 age division.  Remember when we said we needed you to get Mary up a few spots to be in the top 200 last week??!!  Well, we did it!  Now, let’s keep her there!

We look forward to seeing what the concluding workout of the Open brings!  See y’all on Friday night at 6:30!

Friends, Zach and Will side-by-side in the HSPUs

Mary, pushing hard through the deadlifts.

The First Accomplishments of 2017

Hey folks!  It’s been awhile since we’ve posted all of your awesome accomplishments on this blog (blame Asa for being all-consuming 😉 But, it’s time that we get back into showcasing all of your hard work at Shoreline Athletics!  PLEASE remember to record your accomplishments–both big and small–on our accomplishment board.

Let’s see what went down during the months of January and February:


Matt Stebbins PR’d his power clean 225lbs and overhead squat (235), Kristine Capstick split jerk 150lbs, and Jackie Maculatis also set a PR on her split jerk at 110lbs.  Meg Testa snatched 195lbs, Dean Alderman set a PR on his hang squat snatch (155), Kristine Capstick squat cleaned 165 for a new PR, and Erica Lee PR’d on her back squat (155).  Mike Bergantino pulled 376 for a new deadlift PR, Sarah Lipp set a PR on her front squat (170), and Chris Taber did a front squat into a split jerk at 295lbs.  Matt Stebbins set a PR on his deadlift (375) and bench press (210), Maria DePaola deadlifted 165 for a new PR, and Jess Hoover back squatted 190lbs.  Chris Taber squatted 440×2 and sumo deadlifted 475, Mary Pont swung a 53lb kettlebell in a workout, and Ben Callahan back squatted 95lbs.  Kristine Capstick squat clean thrustered 125lbs and Bradley Roth also set a PR on his thruster (265).

Body Weight & Endurance PR’s

Ashley McCaherty connected toes to bar, Eric Hanson PR’d on his 2,000m row (7:32), and Paul Emery rowed 500m in 1:42.  Jess Hoover PR’d on “Cindy” with 23 rounds + 2 reps, Adina Papuga did toes to bar, Dave Brownell strung together 60 double unders, and Erin Brown did her first ring muscle up!  Paul Emery strung together 61 double unders, Amanda Magleby got her ring muscle ups back, and Bridget Wirtz set the Branford High School pole vault record with 11’6”!



January anniversaries at Shoreline Athletics included Joe Narsico, Jay Caron, and Dave Strong all celebrating 4 years, Mary Pont and Brandon Esterby celebrating 5 years, and John Pomeroy had his one year anniversary at SA.  February anniversaries at SA included Kaitie Witt who has been with us for 2 years and Monica Vidro with her SEVEN year anniversary!

I just love so many things about this photo:
1. Meg hitting the final lift of 17.3 (obvi!)
2. Zach’s (the boyfriend) reaction.
3. Mark’s (the father) reaction
4. Chu (the coach) serious as a heart attack…