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Mac University climbers reach second rung


(Photo: Fredrik Sy/University Bouldering Series)

(Photo: Fredrik Sy/University Bouldering Series)

The podiums were a bit crowded on the weekend for the conclusion of the University Bouldering Series.

Staged at Hamilton’s Gravity Climbing Gym, the UBS produced two-way ties for first, second, and third in the men’s open individual competitions which featured athletes from McMaster, Guelph, Ryerson, Queen’s, York, Toronto, Brock, Trent, Wilfrid Laurier, Western, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Also competing were athletes from Dalhousie (Halifax) University, Rochester, N.Y., and teams from Durham, Fanshawe, Conestoga, Georgian, Sheridan, and Humber colleges, and the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

It was the first time ever the UBS had dual winners for the top-three spots.

Overall, the University of Waterloo’s climbing team placed first at the competition with McMaster University securing second place, and Queens University narrowly grabbing third.

The top three male competitors were: Nathan Furst Nichols from Rochester University and Evan Waugh from University of Waterloo, first with 2,845 points each; Evan Mori from Rochester Institute of Technology and Ian Branda from University of Western Ontario, second with 2,841 points each; and Kevin Westernmann from University of Waterloo and Jake Tiger from OCAD, third with 2,836 each.

The top three female competitors were: Adelia Wong from Rochester Institute of Technology, with 2,556 points; Emily Cornelisse from the University of Guelph, with 2,482 points; and Jess Pelow from York University, with 2,441 points.

“This competition was hugely successful,” said UBS co-founder David Albert-Lebrun. “We had over 200 registered climbers, making Volume 11 the largest turnout in UBS history.”

Students competed for cash prizes and climbing gear.

Since the birth of UBS in 2011, co-founders Max Summerlee and Albert-Lebrun have been extremely dedicated to developing the climbing community at the collegiate level, aiming to unite post secondary climbers across Canada in a positive and fun competitive environment.

“We are only looking to continue to grow larger, and I think the success of Volume 11 is a huge testament to achieving that reality,” says Summerlee. “It is our goal to eventually have competitions each month in every province, with a nationwide finals for the top competitors to wrap up the season. We’re very excited about having already secured an interest for this series next year in Quebec and B.C.”

Bouldering is an internationally recognized sport that doesn’t use ropes or harnesses. It consists of short routes, called “problems”, usually less than 15 feet tall, which require a climber to reach the top of a boulder using specifically designated hand and foot holds. Each problem that a competitor attempts to climb has a set number of points associated with it on their score card. The highest number of points that can be awarded is the problem number x 10. For example, problem number 23 would be worth a maximum of 230 points (23 x 10).

A competitor achieves the highest number of points if they get to the top of the problem on their first try. If a competitor reaches the top of the problem on their second try, they are awarded the points that equal the problem number x 10 – 5. So for problem 23 they would get 225 points (23 x10 -5).

If a competitor reaches the top of a problem on three attempts or more, they are awarded the points that equal the problem number x 10 – 9. So for problem 23 they would earn 221 points (23 x 10 – 9).

At the end of allotted climbing time, the six highest scores achieved by each competitor determine their ranking. Scores from each school are also tallied to provide an overall total for the winning school based on the male and female scores. Climbers compete in various skill levels.

Gravity Gym has been host site for the International Federation of Sport Climbing Bouldering World Cup for the past two years. This was the first time it staged the UBS event.

Winners of each category included:

Beginner (Male)

1, Kiyo Campbell, Guelph, 1,862
2, Deron Caplan, Guelph, 1,816
3, Denzil Barkley, Waterloo, 1,811
4, Samuel Koebrich, Queens, 1,751
5, David Evans, Guelph, 1,742
6, Daniel Johnson, Toronto, and Henry de Valence, Queen’s University, 1,696
8, Simon Baer, Waterloo, 1,691
9, Andrew Lim, McMaster, 1,646
10, Kyle Aitken, Waterloo, 1,641
11, Mitchell Guichon, Queen’s, 1,606
12, Steven Hancock, Georgian, 1,601
13, Oliver Kuo, Queen’s, 1,578
14, Liam Dow, McMaster, 1,575
15, Aarij Irfan, McMaster, 1,567
16, Justin Ho, Western, 1,565
17, John Di Bella, Western, 1,517
18, Andrew Nguyen, McMaster, 1,512
19, Solomon Barkley, McMaster, 1,498
20, Dan Kelly, Queen’s, 1.485
21, Armando Villanueva, Toronto, 1,480
22, Adomas Kulesza, McMaster, 1,461
23, Takeshi Kanaya, McMaster, 1,460
24, Dan Nguyen, McMaster, 1,450
25, James Xie, Queen’s University, 1,205
26, Matt Ruppenthal, Georgian College, 1,117
27, Camron Edwards, Brock, 1,092
28, Tim Federspiel, Waterloo, 1,015
29, Mac Csikos, Brock, 970
30, Wilmer Ponce-Tamayo, Brock, 967
31, Philip Young, 945
32, Faleh Altal, Queen’s, 941
33, Alex Tieu, Queen’s, 891
34, TJ Wu, McMaster, 858
35, Daniel Vliegenthart, Waterloo, 782
36, James Lamers, Toronto, 760
37, Thomas Kjellberg Jensen, Guelph, 626

Beginner (Female)

1, Kelsey Watts, Queen’s, 1,786
2, Ida Angback, Queen’s, 1,681
3, Kendra Oudyk, McMaster, 1.400
4, Nathalee Ewers, McMaster, 1,396
5, Kathleen Zhang, Waterloo, 1,392
6, Odelle Ma, Queen’s, 1,375
7, Crystal Wong, Toronto, 1,340
8, Brianna Wilson, Western, 1,119
9, Amanda Thatcher, Queen’s, 1,025
10, Carolyn Chong, McMaster, 995
11, Allegra Pearce, Guelph, 952
12, Emilia Dinkha, McMaster, 941
13, Larissa Naccarato, McMaster, 605
14, Hannah Mandrish, Ontario Institute of Technology, 590
15, Anna Socha, McMaster, 578
16, Lindsay French, McMaster, 556
17, Veronica Budny, McMaster, 456
18, Natalie Chin, McMaster, 281
19, Kristy Yiu, McMaster, 187

Intermediate (Male)

1, Adriaan Hoekman, Queens University, 2,261
2, Michael Xu, McMaster, 2,251
3, Geoff Michalak, Guelph, 2,236
4, Pat Obrien, Georgian, 2,206
5, Brendan Kaus, Western, 2,155
6, Brandon Vermeer, Guelph, 2,150
7, Cole Merrill, Guelph, 2,141
8, Oliver Lestyan, Western, 2,135
9, Roland Eyssette, Queen’s, 2,132
10, Craig Knuff, Georgian, 2,061
11, Cameron Elgie, Guelph, 1,988
12, James Tonogai, Western, 1,966
13, Rooke Reyes, Durham, 1,943
14, Mike Craddock, Conestoga College, 1,918
15, Sunny Basi, Waterloo, 1,902
16, Blair Stevens, Queen’s, 1,851
17, Logan Bell, Queen’s, 1,553
18, Zach Fournier, Fanshawe, 1,400
19, Cody Dirse, Western, 1,136

Intermediate (Female)

1, Paula Bulux, Toronto, 2,131
2, Sarah Vierthaler, Guelph, 2,067
3, Evet Dinkha, Waterloo, 2,027
4, Jazmyne Watson, Western, 2,021
5, Robin Scott, Queen’s, 2,000
6, Emma Waugh, Queen’s, 1,991
7, Linda Fan, Waterloo, 1,962
8, Nicole Bollinger, McMaster, 1,931
9, Audra Worsley, Guelph, 1,837
10, Vida Wang, McMaster, 1,795
11, Rachel Man, Western, 1,786
12, Olga Khudoyarova, McMaster, 1,767
13, Jennifer Veitch, McMaster, 1,661
14, Alex Farquharson, McMaster, 1,646
15, Sophya Yumakulov, York, 1,580
16, Chiara Wharton, Waterloo, 1,568
17, Angela Hong, Toronto, 1,565
18, Allison Radich, Guelph, 1,540
19, Sara Carlson, Georgian, 1,490
20, Cristina Leduc, Western, 1,201

Open (Male)

1, Nathan Furst Nichols, Rochester, and Evan Waugh, Waterloo, 2,845 each
2, Evan Mori, Rochester, and Ian Branda, Western, 2,841 each
3, Kevin Westermann, Waterloo, and Jake Tiger, Art and Design, 2,836 each
4, Jason Dionisio, Humber, and Dillon Elliott, Waterloo, 2,827 each
9, Jonathan Stillman, Western, 2,812
10, Ian Mercer, Waterloo, 2,802
11, Marcel Skura, McMaster, 2,786
12, Andres Acevedo, Queen’s, 2,730
13, Connor Flynn, Waterloo, 2,702
14, Javier Romualdez, Toronto, 2,663
15, Sean Mercer, McMaster, 2,584
16, Stephan Dube, York, 2,579
17, Felix Franz, York, 2,577
18, Jon Shen, Western, 2,576
19, Neil Abe, Toronto, 2,547
20, Mark Westerink, McMaster, 2,545
21, Kyle Alber, Wilfrid Laurier, 2,526
22, Alejandro Reinosa, Wilfrid Laurier, 2,518
23, Spencer Arbuckle, Western, 2,515
24, Anthony Hong, McMaster, 2,411
25, Chase Richardson, Dalhousie, 2,402
26, Vincent Marois, McMaster, 2,398
27, Jeremy Waugh, Queen’s, 2,303
28, Eamon Killip, Trent, 2,252
29, Alex Yates, Durham, 2,242
30, Aaron Vogan, McMaster, 2,218
31, Greg Misner, McMaster, 2,211
32, Cyril Francis, York, 2,125
33, Jan Gosmann, Waterloo, 2,071
34, Robert Lau, McMaster, 2,025
35, Jonathan Oldenburger, Waterloo, 1,936
36, Colton Homewood, McMaster, 1,652

Open (Female)

1, Adelia Wong, Rochester, 2,556
2, Emily Cornelisse, Guelph, 2,482
3, Jess Pelow, York, 2,441
4, Lissette Velasquez, Rochester, 2,167
5, Scarlett Gauthier, Waterloo, 2,162
6, Holly Fisher, McMaster, 2,157
7, Kate Rogers, Sheridan, 2,097
8, Alana Petrella, McMaster, 2,092
9, Christabel Jean, Queen’s, 2,056
10, Kyle Hogan, Waterloo, 2,050
11, Nicole Pauli, Conestoga, 1,801
12, Kamelia Valkova, Guelph, 1,781
13, Emma Dahan Meyboom, Guelph, 1,701
14, Lourdes Wong, Rochester, 1,570

Universities

(Universities are ranked by the top 3 Male, top 3 Female, and top 6 Combined – 3 Male, 3 Female- competitors)

1, Waterloo, 14,747
2, McMaster, 14,095
3, Queen’s, 13,341
4, Western, 13,237
5, Guelph, 12,913
6, Toronto, 11,942
7, York, 11,302
8, Georgian, 7,358
9, Rochester Institute of Technology, 6,967
10, Laurier, 5,044
11, Rochester University, 5,012
12, Durham, 4,185
13, Conestoga, 3,719
14, Brock, 3,029
15, Ontario College of Art and Design, 2,836
16, Humber, 2,827
17, Dalhousie University, 2,402
18, Trent, 2,252
19, Sheridan, 2,097
20, Fanshawe, 1,400
21, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 590

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