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No dumbbells for 17.3!

Samantha Brown

“17.3 is not going to include the dumbbell,” said Castro as the crowd behind him yelled their joy.

Most athletes were excited to see an absence of dumbbells in 17.3 and the barbell return for building snatch weights.

Alakai Crossfit planned for every athlete to reach multiple rounds of snatches. Each athlete hoped to reach a new personal best in weight or reps.

Minneli Ochavillo said the time went quicker than she expected. “I wanted to keep going. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I got to finish,’ and then I was one away from finishing [when I was time capped].”

The weight started off easy, but, in a combination of the reps and large weight jumps, even lighter weights felt heavy.

“I wanted to get to the 65 pounds. Still not close to my [personal best] but as a weightlifter, you want to go further, but my legs,” said Ochavillo.

Fellow athlete Matthew Dicristo said he did not get close to his personal best, a 175 pound snatch.

“When I picked up the [135] weight I just dropped the first rep forward. I wasn’t expecting that.”

Lauren Ho said she did better than she wanted. She reached the 135 pound bar and snatched it three times. Her personal best was a single 140 pound snatch, but accredited her improved performance to the Alakai CrossFit community.


“I wouldn’t have been able to do this if I were in training. So the community definitely helps a lot,” said Ho.


After three weeks in the Open, Hilary Steele is in 5th place in the Northern California Region. She said she gives every workout her all so that way Open workouts just feel like any other day.

“I couldn't have asked for better results. I have gone into this Open a little more relaxed and the results have been positive. Both the first workouts happened to be strengths for me so I was determined to do well on them. As for 17.3, it is definitely not the best score but I surpassed my goal. Considering my size and my max snatch I am happy with the results yet ready to get even more.”

She also said that programming mobility and recovery in combination with the right eating habits have played a role in her success. Both were part of her routine in gymnastics, so now she continues them to help make her ready for whatever her training demands of her.  

She predicts that soon, Dave Castro will throw in wallballs, which hurt her last year at Regionals. She has been practicing the movement often and believes she will handle it better this year.

She also hopes Castro will throw in handstand pushups and ring muscle ups, both movements which she is very proficient in.

If you have missed our Open box tour, there is still a few more chances. We will be at Crossfit K Block this Friday for 17.4, and then over to Arkaios Crossfit on March 24th for 17.5! We are then headed to Maui for the Doc Yogi Meet at Aloha Kihei Crossfit.

Are you doing as well in the Open as you hoped? If not, there is still time for some improvement. What have you struggled with this year? Let us know in the comments.

About the author
Samantha Brown

Samantha has been Crossfitting for 5.5 years, and enjoying desserts for even longer. A mom of two who are stuck to her like glue, she loves to meet other parents who WOD as much as she does. When she is not writing for Shakas and Snatches, she looks for places to do a pistol and throw a shaka. Connect with her on IG  @pistolsandshakas