U.S. National Bouldering Championships

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U.S. National Bouldering Championships

Daniel Woods and Alex Puccio repeated as the U.S. bouldering champions at the ABS 8 National Championship. The three-day competition at the Earth Treks gym in Maryland determined the U.S. champs for adult men and women, as well as five age-group categories of younger climbers.

In the final round of the men’s and women’s open, the problems were easier than the qualifiers, or maybe the competitors were just too strong. Four men and eight women flashed all the final problems, forcing a jumbo superfinal round. Then, three men flashed the superfinal problem, requiring a second superfinal that was set with all three climbers watching. No one got anywhere on that one, so judges had to count back to the qualifiers to determine the final ranking. Meanwhile, Alex Puccio reached a clear high point in the women’s superfinal, a slightly tweaked version of the men’s first final-round problem.

See video and listen to podcasts from the comps at www.podclimber.com. Find full results at www.absnationals.org.

Male Open 1. Daniel Woods 2. Paul Robinson 3. Sean McColl (CAN) 4. Matt Bosley 5. Ethan Pringle

Female Open 1. Alex Puccio 2. Elizabeth Asher 3. Angela Payne 4. Kasia Pietras 5. Tomoko Ogawa (JAP)

Male Junior 1. Ryan Roden 2. Bryan Hopkins 3. Bret Johnston

Female Junior 1. Catherine Pietras 2. Elizabeth Broun 3. Laura Lingeman

Male Youth A 1. Mike Foley 2. Ryan Sewell 3. Brian Antheunisse

Female Youth A 1. Marah Bragdon 2. Tiffany Hensley 3. Emily Ziffer

Male Youth B 1. Gregor Peirce 2. Julian Bautista 3. William Butcher

Female Youth B 1. Francesca Metcalf 2. Sasha DiGiulian 3. Jena Lupia

Male Youth C 1. Joshua Levin 2. Andy Lamb 3. Charlie Andrews

Female Youth C 1. Cicada Jenerik 2. Sierra Blair-Coyle 3. Dana Riddle

Male Youth D 1. Calvin Wagner 2. Liam Vance 3. Wade Walker

Female Youth D 1. Sera Busse 2. Callie Walter 3. Maddie Rafkin

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