U of Utah Students Take Home the "Top Climber" Title at Westminster’s Intercollegiate Climbing Wall Competition

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Utah students climbing the wall. Photo by Tom Bear

Utah students climbing the wall. Photo by Tom Bear

Students from six campuses throughout the state competed for bragging rights

SALT LAKE CITY – Two students from the University of Utah once again took home bragging rights as “top boulderers” at Westminster College’s second annual intercollegiate climbing wall competition November 17, 2009. More than 40 students from colleges throughout the state, including Westminster College, University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College participated in the contest – the largest group to compete thus far. Laura Ewald, a senior from the University of Utah, and Alix Meiners, a freshman at the University of Utah, took first place in the women’s and men’s respective categories. They also won a pair of Mad Rock climbing shoes. Showcasing their agility, skill and strength, the students competed on Westminster’s 46-foot climbing wall - the tallest on any Utah campus. The competition included a 15-foot section of the wall scattered with various “problems,” and the style being judged is called “bouldering,” an un-roped ascent. During the qualifying round, competitors tried to accumulate the highest point total they could, with values based on difficulty and fewest falls, not speed. The highest scoring climbers proceeded to the finals where they navigated new, more challenging routes. Collectively the students scaled the wall more than 100 times, with no climb being identical. “Last night’s competition was unreal,” said Liz Rogers, director of Westminster’s outdoor recreation program. “We’re discovering that climbing is becoming an extremely popular sport, and we had a ton of enthusiastic climbers compete for the top climber title. Hosting these events not only allows us to generate a little competitive spirit amongst the students, but also enables us to promote camaraderie within the college-age climbing community.”

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The final results of the “top boulderer” competition are as follows:Women 1st Place - Laura Ewald (University of Utah, senior) 2nd Place - Tracy Hansford (Westminster College, sophomore) 3rd Place - Melissa Gill (Westminster College, sophomore) Men 1st Place - Alix Meiners (University of Utah, freshman) 2nd Place - David Miller (University of Utah, sophomore) 3rd Place - Nathan Calies (Westminster College, sophomore) 4th Place - Adam Welch (Westminster College, freshman) 5th Place - Jarret Bray (Weber State, freshman) Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience.

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