Women's climbing crushes Brevard Boulder Bash

BREVARD, N.C. – Senior Lauren Fowler (Elijay, Ga.) turned in a first place finish in the intermediate division at the Brevard Boulder Bash, hosted by the Brevard Rock Gym on Saturday afternoon.

All four of the Tornado’s women’s climbers placed in the top three places of their respected categories. Fowler was pleased with her performance and credits all the teams hard work and preparation to her success.

“I think I was climbing at the level I should be with all the workouts and practices that our coach has us doing,” said Fowler. “It’s also been really awesome to train with the three other women on the team and push each other in practice, and then see everyone climbing their best. All of us placed at our home competition and that was pretty powerful to me. I feel like we are really growing as not just a team, but as a climbing family.”

The bash consisted of competitors from Western Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and Duke University. This was the first meet hosted by Brevard College since the climbing team became an official athletic team last November. There were no team results in the competition just individual.

The Tornados held their own against the bigger schools, with Fowler turning in the top place finish in the women’s intermediate. Sam Munson (Midlothian, Va.) followed with a third place finish in the same category.

In the women’s recreational division, the Tornados took the top-two places. Freshman Caroline Safford (Isle of Palms, S.C.) and Audrey Ashburner (Liberty, N.C.) climbed their way to first and second place respectively.

On the men’s side of the Brevard Boulder Bash, Freshman Nathan Boepple (Clover, S.C.) turned in a third place score out of 20 competitors in the intermediate division. Boepple is new to the sport of climbing, but is already letting his presence be known in the climbing community.

“The competition was extremely inspiring for me because during it, I was able to place third in the intermediate category after only starting to climb this semester,” said Boepple. “I also was able to climb one of my hardest boulder problems to date at the competition and I could not have done it without the encouragement from my teammates.”

Taylor Everard (Summerville, S.C.) and Sam Willis (St. John, Ind.) finished in second and third place in the recreational portion.

The participants were rewarded for their top five hardest bouldering problems of the day, which they have to finish from the bottom to the top with control in order for each route to count. Different judges are placed throughout each route to sign off on each of the climber’s scorecard as they approach each wall, make attempts and finish each climb.

The Tornados will return to competition next weekend as they travel to Knoxville, Tennessee for an event hosted by the University of Tennessee. This will be the last meet to prepare the Tornados for the regionals competition on April 1.

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