Spring 2017 TSC Results

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Spring 2017 TSC results are final!

Thank you to everyone who took part in this very unique day of worldwide strength, spirit, and camaraderie—and a special thanks to all of our hosts and judges across the globe. This could not happen without you guys.

As StrongFirst’s VP of Marketing, I was able to fly out to one of the largest TSC events, and the host site of our (still undefeated) Elite Champion Derek Toshner—his brother and fellow SFG Team Leader Ryan Toshner’s place at TNT Performance in Brookfield, WI.

As is common at the Tactical Strength Challenge, regardless of location—virtually every competitor (photo below) pulled a PR lift that day, with many PRing in all three. We had three ladies that drove three hours each way to participate (thanks, guys), and also competing that day were many folks (of all ages) for whom this Spring 2017 TSC was their first-ever strength competition experience. That is what we love about this event!

Spring 2017 TSC

There are dozens and dozens of inspiring photo and video posts on Instagram from this TSC, and we encourage you to check them out here: #tacticalstrengthchallenge, as well as on Facebook’s Tactical Strength Challenge page. We’d share a few of them here but honestly it’s impossible to choose. We’re just very happy that so many of you had such a great time.

A Word About TSC Scoring

The reason we require an SFG Instructor as a host judge is because we need some way to help ensure that judging standards have an acceptable level of consistency, based on a shared experience and understanding of safe and complete execution. Even with this requirement, judging challenges arise.

It is for this reason that we have initiated some new rule clarifications, as well as a video review for any potential top-ten finisher in each division. StrongFirst Chief Instructors along with additional SFG Leadership were responsible for reviewing these videos, and for adjusting the counted reps/attempts where necessary. If counted reps were called into question, both the athlete and the event organizer were contacted to discuss it.

While this is a fairly labor-intensive process and does delay the publication of the final results, and while the true spirit of the Tactical Strength Challenge is a competition not with your fellow athletes, but as a challenge to improve yourself and your own lifts, it will always be important to us that consistent judging takes place. We will continue to do everything we can toward this end, for every TSC ongoing.


Competitors: If you wish to purchase an additional shirt, we have a very limited quantity available HERE (and once they’re gone, they’re gone).

Top Combined Scores in Each Category

And so now, let us acknowledge the highest combined scores in each of the ten categories. For full rankings and Spring 2017 TSC results, please visit the leaderboard HERE.

Women’s Novice

1st: Sabrina Marthaler Hoppe, Noonan Sport Specialists
Snatches 164, FAH 90 sec, Deadlift 270

2nd: Dorthy Lola Sumruld, Primitive Strength
Snatches 150, FAH 105 sec, Deadlift 260

3rd: Kety, Power Body
Snatches 175, FAH 64 sec, Deadlift 298

Women’s Novice 16kg

1st: Tina McDermott, Hybrid Fitness
Snatches 135, FAH 117 sec, Deadlift 314.15

2nd: Vanessa Kenyon, Hybrid Strength
Snatches 132, FAH 67.87 sec, Deadlift 336.2

3rd: Karen Lawler, Velocity Strength & Fitness
Snatches 130, FAH 61 sec, Deadlift 315

Women’s Open 12kg

1st: Nicola Few, Hybrid Strength
Snatches 146, Pull-ups 10, Deadlift 253.53

2nd: EllieJane78, Banks O Dee
Snatches 142, Pull-ups 8, Deadlift 280.5

3rd: Jackie Olson, Local Gym
Snatches 139, Pull-ups 15, Deadlift 250

Women’s Open 16kg

1st: Jackie Michaels, TNT Fitness Results
Snatches 158, Pull-ups 13, Deadlift 370

2nd: Noriko Kariya, Wu-Tang Clan
Snatches 142, Pull-ups 15, Deadlift 330

3rd: Val Hedlund, Pacific Strength
Snatches 137, Pull-ups 21, Deadlift 320

Women’s Elite

1st: Hyunjin Choi, Powerzone
Snatches 122, Pull-ups 11, Deadlift 363.7

2nd (tied): Vix Sharp, Hybrid Fitness
Snatches 116, Pull-ups 11, Deadlift 319.67

2nd (tied): Erin Koeck, TNT Fitness Results
Snatches 117, Pull-ups 0, Deadlift 370

Women’s Masters

1st: Patti Opalacz, TNT Fitness Results
Snatches 153, Pull-ups 7, Deadlift 300

2nd: Michele Payne, Breakthrough Strength & Performance
Snatches 153, Pull-ups 3, Deadlift 307.2

3rd: Salwa Flewell, ProjectMove
Snatches 140, Pull-ups 11, Deadlift 235

Men’s Novice

1st: Dennis Koester, TNT Fitness Results
Snatches 146, Pull-ups 25, Deadlift 475

2nd: Stef S, Box 33
Snatches 148, Pull-ups 22, Deadlift 462.9

3rd: CJ, The Sect
Snatches 147, Pull-ups 20, Deadlift 435

Men’s Open

1st: Mike Wagner, TNT Fitness Results
Snatches 160, Pull-ups 24, Deadlift 615

2nd: Aldo, Palextra
Snatches 141, Pull-ups 24, Deadlift 573.2

3rd: Tim Barrett, Sky
Snatches 149, Pull-ups 22, Deadlift 550

Men’s Elite

Derek Toshner not only ranked first in overall Elite Division scores yet again, but also ranked first in EVERY individual category. Incredibly impressive.

1st: Derek Toshner at TNT Fitness Results, Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin
Snatches 137, Pull-ups 22, Deadlift 635

2nd (tied): Maverick, Mavrx Training
Snatches 102, Pull-ups 21, Deadlift 550

2nd (tied): Noah Maxwell, Max-Level Fitness
Snatches 127, Pull-ups 19, Deadlift 565

Men’s Masters

1st: Michael Knight, Art of Strength
Snatches 144, Pull-ups 16, Deadlift 415

2nd: Brian Guensler, Equinox
Snatches 128, Pull-ups 13, Deadlift 530

3rd: Mark Merchant, As One
Snatches 131, Pull-ups 16, Deadlift 385


Congratulations to all of you!


Craig Marker
Craig Marker, Ph.D. CSCS, StrongFirst Certified Senior Instructor Emeritus, is a fitness enthusiast who has spent his life trying to help people improve their lives. As a professor, he works with students on how best to understand research and place it into context. He has published over fifty articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods.

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