Well-known young superstars of U.S. climbing and new upcoming talent alike battled it out last weekend in Salt Lake City at the weekend-long
2017 USAC Bouldering Youth Nationals in the hope of earning a place in Team U.S.A. at the World Youth Championships.
Center to compete in this equivalent youth comp with others the same age as themselves. It’s perhaps no doubt that the young guns we saw in the Finals
and on the adult podiums would be top of the board in their own age category.
|1st||Margo Hayes||Kai Lightner|
|2nd||Lily Canavan||Drew Ruana|
|3rd||Grace McKeehan||Brett Walker|
Three young climbers, who all made it to Finals in the adult competition the previous weekend, filled the Junior Female Podium.
this group to do so. Lily Canavan took silver after topping problems 2 and 3 and Grace McKeehan took the bronze.
attempts to take the gold. Brett Walker took the bronze.
|1st||Ashima Shiraishi||Sam Struthers|
|2nd||Brooke Raboutou||Ross Fulkerson|
|3rd||Isabel Barrientos||Zach Galla|
Ashima Shiraishi and Brooke Raboutou, who took second and third place the previous weekend in the adult competition, battled it out in the finals for
the top spot in Female Youth A, and both topped all three Finals problems. Ashima narrowly claimed gold after a review of the live feed identified
a mistake in the scoring of a fellow competitor, which left Ashima just ahead according to the USAC Ranking Score system.
There was a similar story of close competition for the boys. Sam Struthers and Ross Fulkerson both topped all three problems. It was Sam’s performance
on the first problem that won him the gold. Zach Galla took bronze after failing to top the final problem.
|1st||Nekaia Sanders||Colin Duffy|
|2nd||Amelia Marcuson||Zander Waller|
|3rd||Sienna Kopf||Dylan Duregger|
In Youth B, Nekiaia Sanders won by a considerable lead, topping all three problems and flashing the final boulder. Amelia Marcuson and Sienna Kopf
topped two problems each.
The finals for the boys proved exceptionally tough, with each problem only seeing one top—each by one of the podium finishers. Colin Duffy, who
was the shortest competitor in this group, showed the crowd that height means nothing and took gold. Zander Waller and Dylan Duregger took silver
and bronze, respectively.
|1st||Campbell Sarinopoulous||Lucas Oddi|
|2nd||Olivia Kosanovich||Quinn O’Francia|
|3rd||Lydia Dolan||Jack Felix|
The girl’s podium required retrospective consideration of the Semifinal scores after Campbell Sarinopoulous and Olivia Kosanovich flashed all three
problems. Based on Semifinals results Campbell snagged the gold. Lydia Dolan also topped all three problems and came in third.
Lucas Oddi flashed the second boulder, which earned him the gold. Quinn O’Francia also topped out this challenging second boulder, which earned him
silver over Jack Felix, who took bronze.
|1st||Julia de la Paz||Lucas Tillery|
|2nd||Maggie Carter||Augustine Chi|
|3rd||Lilly Czerwinski||Hugo Hoyer|
Julia de la Paz took a clear gold in this category after flashing all three problems. She was also the only girl to top all three boulders. Maggie
Carter earned two tops and Lilly Czerwinski one top, which earned them silver and bronze, respectively.
Lucas Tillery took gold for the boys by flashing problem 2. Silver and bronze required a consultation of Semifinals scores and on that basis Augustine
Chi took silver and Hugo Hoyer took bronze.
Congratulations to all the competitors who took part.
You can see the in-depth scores from the comp, including which competitors will represent Team U.S.A., on the USA Climbing website. You can also see a full gallery by Bryan Rafferty from the Qualifiers, Semifinals and Finals, courtesy of FloClimbing.