Pacific soccer goalie tackles any and all obstacles in “Wipeout”

Brenna Crump '23 climbs obstacle course

Pacific women's soccer goalie Brenna Crump '23 scales an obstacle on TBS show "Wipeout".

Brenna Crump, at 5-foot-5, may not be the most physically imposing goalkeeper on Pacific’s women’s soccer team, but she is very athletic, poised under pressure—and, admittedly, a bit of a thrill seeker.

In addition to her soccer success, Crump ’23 is an avid snowboarder, and she one day hopes to be a skydiving instructor. But there’s more: Last summer, she competed in the TBS network obstacle-course show “Wipeout” with her older sister Crystal. The competition is physically demanding, with many aerial and water obstacles.

“I saw that they were looking for people from the SoCal area, so I applied,” Crump said. “They were looking for partners, though, so I signed my sister up as well.” The Crumps won their episode of the show, which is hosted by professional wrestler and actor John Cena, comedian Nicole Byer and model Camille Kostek.
Brenna and Crystal Crump were dubbed “legacies” since their mother, Brenda, and brother, Matthew, competed on the show several years ago. 

“After we finished, I just wanted to go back and do the entire course again,” Crump recalled. “I was really there to go on the obstacles and see if I could do them ... Don’t be scared to try anything in life.”

Brenna and Crystal Crump

Brenna Crump '23 (left) and sister Crystal competed together, winning their episode of the show.

Crump said she would love to compete in other obstacle course shows such as the ultra-demanding “America Ninja Warrior.”
For now, it’s soccer and classroom studies for the civil engineering major. In a recent interview, she reflected on a remarkable season for Pacific women’s soccer as well as her studies and future plans.

Crump helped lead the Tigers to their best season of the past decade (a 10-6-3 record). She led the West Coast Conference with 85 saves and eight shutouts and was named WCC Defensive Player of the Week.

She feels at ease playing goalkeeper. “It’s a high-anxiety position but I just stay focused and involved in the game at all times,” she said.

Crump is very involved in her future career, working over the summer at Clark Pacific, a construction company. She was president of the Pacific branch of the Society for Black Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Her brother is an electrical engineer. 

“I am more interested in the architectural side, like structures and buildings and how they are built,” she said.

Crump comes from an athletic family. Her mother played college basketball and her father, Gary, was a wrestler, both at Michigan State University. Her sister played soccer for UC Davis. Crump looked at multiple schools, including her parents’ alma mater, but fell in love with Pacific after her first visit.

“I knew it was where I wanted to be,” she said.