Tommy Hackenbruck, pictured here setting the top time in the Row/Sledge event on Saturday (4:36), finished second overall in the 2009 Games.
Tommy participated in the NW Regional Qualifiers and won the final workout by a significant margin. He failed to qualify though, because of the stellar deadlifts and presses put up by his competitors. Undeterred, he entered via the online last chance qualifier. It's a good thing, too, because Tommy was in first place overall going into the last event (by one point over Mikko Salo). Mikko won the final Chipper and the title, but Tommy's performance was good enough to keep him in second.
Tommy's performance landed him a little local fame. Lya Wodraska from the Salt Lake Tribune featured Tommy in a recent story. He had played middle linebacker for the Utes (University of Utah football team), and the article is called Hackenbruck Excels in New Sport.
Congrats Tommy! At only 27, I'm sure we're going to see more of him in the coming years.