Spot Bouldering Series
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Team ABC put in a great showing at The Spot Bouldering Series Gladiator Final last weekend. Over 30 ABC kids competed in the youth and adult sessions, and 5 qualified to compete in the open final! Matt Lubar actually qualified for the men’s open final as well, but he tweaked a muscle a bit during the redpoint round and he decided to rest up for upcoming nationals, so he opted out. In his place Remi Arata was the 8th man to compete in Open Finals. For the women, Megan Mascarenas qualified in first overall, Margo Hayes qualified in 4th, Isabelle Goodacre qualified in 5th, and Laurel Todd qualified tied for 7th with The Spot’s Tika Anderson. Page Kuepper and several other photographers were on hand to take photos of the event, so head over to The Spot’s facebook page to check them out if you haven’t already. Thanks everyone for coming out and thanks to The Spot for another wonderful season!
Youth Final Scores (still missing cards for Timmy Dolan, Michael Bartley, and Nick Lyon)
1. Megan Mascarenas
2. Laurel Todd
1. Margo Hayes
2. Isabelle Goodacre
1. Brooke Raboutou
2. Stella Noble
3. Ariana O’Brien
4. Ravelle Nelson
6. Nola Boasberg
8. Lilian Friefeld
10. Ari Alpert
1. Mia Manson
2. Phoebe Dolan
3. Campbell Sarinopoulos
4. Corinne Otterness
6. Ella Von Dungen
8. Lydia Dolan
10. Anna Von Dungen
1. Michael O’Rourke
2. Matt Lubar
1. Remi Arata
1. Shawn Raboutou
2. Malcolm Oliver
1. Joe Goodacre
4. Mateo Gallegos
6. Ray McVicker
1. Colin Duffy
2. Liam O’Brien
3. Cody Stevenson
4. Sawyer Reivich
5. Samuel Kuepper
7. Miguel Gallegos
9. Jed Alpert
12. Finn McDaniel
14. Nico Lopez
16. Evan Kuepper
Once again Team ABC represented well in the Open Final at The Spot Highlines & Highballs Comp. For the men, Remi Arata, Matt Lubar, Michael O’Rourke, and Coach Rob all made finals. For the women Megan Mascarenas, Isabelle Goodacre, Margo Hayes, and Laurel Todd were in. Men’s finals were especially exciting, and Coach Rob stole the show! Read about it here - Highlines & Highballs Open Final Result – UPDATED « The Spot Route Setting Blog
Full results coming soon!
Check out this cute picture of brother of ABC Pre-Team member Rachel:
Many Team ABC athletes competed at The Spot Bouldering Series’ black light comp, Psychedelia, on October 20th. This event happens every year and is a ton of fun as The Spot puts up all kinds of cool features to climb on, everybody wears costumes, and the tape art is fantastic!
This year 4 Team ABC athletes climbed well enough to compete in the single open final problem. Isabelle Goodacre, Laurel Todd, Margo Hayes, and Matt Lubar all got in to the 6-person, 4 minutes per climber finals. The problems were crazy–the men’s went up several large volumes on the front of the Font boulder, and the women’s went through two hanging dog bones and across a rolling tube on the front of the Hueco boulder.
Isabelle and Laurel both climbed through the dog bones and tube and fell trying to hold a difficult swing to hold 10. Margo fell her first try on the first move, then got back on and made it through the problem to the top out. The crowd went crazy. First-place qualifier Nina Williams came out after Margo and also sent the problem in two tries, taking first as she qualified higher than Margo. Margo got 2nd, and Spot Team Coach Tiffany Hensley took 3rd. Laurel took 4th, Isabelle 5th, and Hailey Bridgewater 6th.
For the men, Matt Lubar was the first competitor to top out the boulder and the crowd went wild. First place qualifier Ben Hoberg also finished the problem, putting him in first and Lubar in 2nd. Greg Setiz took third. More here: Psychedelia 2012 Pro Final Results « The Spot Route Setting Blog
Full results - www.thespotgym.com/CompScores/psychedeliayouthresults.pdf (Adult results can be seen on The Spot’s webpage – http://www.thespotgym.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or corrections.)
Great job to all who competed and great job Team ABC!
Team ABC competed at The Gun Show – the first comp in the Spot Bouldering Series 8. We were proud to have 6 representatives in the 12 person Open Final.
Megan Mascarenas qualified in 1st and ended up in 2nd after falling on the strange first move a few times. Once she did the move she hiked the problem, but it wasn’t enough as 2nd place qualifier Nina Williams flashed the final.
Margo Hayes qualified in 3rd and ended up in 3rd.
Laurel Todd qualified in 6th and ended up in 6th.
Great job girls!
Coach Rob qualified in 3rd and ended up in 3rd.
Elite Team Athlete Michael O’Rourke qualified in 4th and ended up in 4th.
Coach Garrett qualified in 5th and ended up in 5th.
Nice job guys!
The Gun Show had a BBQ and a dunk tank where kids had a chance to dunk their coaches. Coach Ryan was a great sport and sat on the platform as most of Team ABC took a shot at dunking him.
Full results are coming soon, but until then, here are more photos! Click the links at the bottom of the page to see the full galleries, and The Spot says even more photos from the youth event, the adult session, and open finals are coming soon. Stay tuned!
Katrin Bell photos are available for order if you’d like a blown-up print of any shots. Contact her via her website - Katrin Bell Photography – Fine Art With Photography – 904.415.3355
Official Results from The Spot Bouldering Series 7 Gladiator Finals have been posted, and you can see them here: http://www.thespotgym.com/Files/PDFs/gladYouth.pdf
Team ABC is once again in first place with 27 total competitors and 129 total team points. Below are the rankings for all members of Team ABC and ABC Kids who competed in The Gladiator Finals.
1 – Brooke Raboutou
2 – Stella Noble
3 – Ariana O’Brien
4 – Phoebe Dolan
5 – Mia Manson
8 – Corrine Otterness
13 – Campbell Sarinopoulos
15 – Lydia Dolan
17 – Anna VonDungen
21 – Elle Middleton
1 – Joe Goodacre
3 – Liam O’Brien
1 – Ivy Todd
3 – Lilian Friefield
1 – Ethan Kruteck
2 – Timmy Dolan
3 – Ray McVicker
5 – Max Manson
1 – Megan Mascarenas (1st overall after Open final)
2 – Margo Hayes (Open finalist)
3 – Isabelle Goodacre (Open finalist)
6 – Kiana Ellis
2 – Malcolm Oliver
1 – Laurel Todd
1 – Matt Lubar
3 – Stefan Lavender
4 – Nick Lyon
Nice job Team ABC and ABC Kids athletes!
We are proud and happy to announce that Team ABC athlete Megan Mascarenas flashed her final to complete her four-comp winning streak and make her the uncontested SBS 7 Champion. This means that in the last 4 Spot events Megan has performed at the highest level of any female competitor. Nice job Megan!
Garrett Gregor won his first SBS Series Comp by giving a sound flash attempt on the problem that gave him control of a highpoint that was not surpassed by any subsequent competitor. Garrett has made finals several times this season but this was his first win. To read more check out Gladiator Finals Open Final Results! « The Spot Route Setting Blog.
In total Team ABC Boulder had 4 girls and 1 coach in the 12-person open final at The Gladiator Finals at The Spot on Saturday. The Gladiator Finals was the last in the four-comp SBS 7 series that also included The Gun Show, Psychedelia, and the Highline/Highball competition. The other girls who made finals were Laurel Todd, Margo Hayes, and Isabelle Goodacre. All three girls had personal-best Spot redpoint comps by completing 5 O problems including problem O7 during the redpoint round. Laurel and Margo won their categories and Isabelle took 2nd to Margo by 2 falls. In the final the girls climbed in the first 3 positions and ended up placing 4th (Laurel) 5th (Isabelle) and 6th (Margo). Nice job girls!
Many other Team ABC Boulder and ABC for kids athletes climbed in the event. We will post further results and a rundown later this week, but until then here are the unofficial youth results from the Spot website - http://www.thespotgym.com/Files/PDFs/gladYouth.pdf - please review the results and if you have any questions or contestations please email email@example.com by Wednesday afternoon.
Fourteen athletes and
two three coaches of Team ABC spent a long week around Thanksgiving pulling down in Hueco Tanks, Texas. With the whole Rock Ranch house to themselves, the kids had a blast hanging out and climbing on North and on tours to East and East Spur with Rock Ranch Guides Nikias Kiehnle, Mogli Rios, Jackie Hueftle, and athlete, coach, and longtime Hueco climber Brian Antheunisse. Here is a short wrap-up with some highlight sends from the trip:
The trip started off well with quick sends of Un Pointe De Bleau Dans Hueco (V11) by Margo Hayes, Brooke Raboutou, Shawn Raboutou, and Megan Mascarenas (who flashed the problem).
Megan, who is 14 years old and just began entering and winning adult pro events like the Yank n’ Yard and The Spot Gun Show and The Spot Psychedelia, also sent Purple Flowers (V11), Fern Roof (V10) and Bush League (V10). She did her first V11 this summer at Mount Evans, Colorado, when she sent the compression line Mirror Mask (low start).
Shawn, who is now 13, sent his first V11 last year in Hueco and has done a couple since then. This trip to Hueco was his best bouldering trip yet, with a send of Chablanke (V11/V12), a quick send of Sunshine (V11), a flash of Fern Roof (V10), and a two day ascent of The Butterpumper (guidebook V12, now considered soft due to kneebar beta, though Shawn’s method was certainly unconventional and seemed quite difficult. To compare, Sunshine took him a handful of tries, but Butterpumper took two sessions before he sent, so for him it was certainly more difficult. Also, Shawn used some serious non-holds for his right hand low on the problem when he was unable to reach through to the high rt hand edge that without doing a few bump moves. He said that for him Chablanke and Butterpumper felt of similar difficulty).
For Brooke, age 10, Un Pointe De Bleau was her first V11. She also sent the V10 Dead Serious after reclimbing the top (Mr. Serious, V8, that she’d sent previously), quickly working the bottom out, and, after a short rest, sticking the campusy bottom moves and sending. Brooke had a little more trouble with Sunshine, and ended up falling near the end of the problem on her second day after a difficult first day of finding a way through the reachy bottom section.
Margo Hayes, 13, has also been to Hueco before, and this trip she managed to flash Fern Roof (V10) on top of her send of Un Point De Bleau (V11). She also put in some good efforts on Sunshine, but was unable to send before dark on the last day of the trip. (On a previous trip to Hueco she made an impressive flash of Mangum (V9) among other sends.)
Fifteen-year-old Stefan Lavender did the V11 Flower Power, the V10 variation Purple Flowers, and Fern Roof, as well as several classic moderates like New Religion Sit (V8).
Matt Lubar, 16, was on his first Team ABC trip to Hueco and he had a blast, sending Fern Roof as well as many of the classics like New Religion (V7), New Religion Sit, and Better Eat Your Wheaties (V8/9). He was also quite close to both his first V11, falling near the end of both Flower Power and Dark Age.
Austin Lankford, 14, had a great trip, with his first guidebook V12, Dirty Martini On The Rocks (the grade is in dispute due to new beta and the problem is widely considered to be somewhere between V9 and V11) as well as Fern Roof. Austin also got painfully close to sending Un Pointe De Bleau and Sunshine, falling from the final move of Sunshine after his first day’s effort on it. Just six months ago Austin did his first outdoors V8 at Joe’s Valley, so this trip certainly represented great progress for him.
Isabelle Goodacre, 13, did Beer Can Traverse (V9) and, like Austin, came quite close to sending Sunshine. She was also close to sending Fern Roof but was bouted by rain.
Laurel Todd, also 15, climbed Fern Roof and Better Eat Your Wheaties. Her sister Ivy, 12, did Your Brain on Drugs (V9).
Kiana Ellis, 12, came close to Your Brain on Drugs and hopes to send next trip.
Timmy Dolan, 11, did Wheaties (V8/9), and Malcolm Oliver, 13, did the difficult classic Lobster Claw (V5). Fourteen-year-old Jaime Cantarovici, on his first trip to Hueco, climbed many easier classics including some cool variations on the Kid’s Stuff wall.
Coach Garrett Gregor had an amazing trip, with sends of Crown of Aragon (V13), Shaken not Stirred (V12), Butterpumper (V11/12), Un Pointe De Bleau, Sunshine, Flower Power, and Bush League. Garrett has climbed many V12s and V13s and said that he felt Butterpumper was quite hard.
Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou was not far behind, with sends of Un Pointe De Bleau, Sunshine (one session), Fern Roof, Bush League, and the last problem she hadn’t done on the right side of the Serious wall, Serious Legends (V9).
Update! - We regret that we previously forgot to mention that Coach Didier also came along on the trip. Besides providing much-needed entertainment and driving the big white van, he spent 4 days coaching on North Mountain helping kids up climbs with his combination of super spotting, sage advice, and a healthy sense of humor. The trip wouldn’t have been the same without him–thanks Coach Didier!
The team then headed home to prepare for The Spot’s Highline Highball Comp in Boulder on December 3rd and the ABS Regional Championships at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness in Fort Collins on December 10th. For more check out these links:
Info and results from ABS Regionals coming soon, so stay tuned!