Ippolito climbs his way to the top

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The Brevard College Climbing team saw success for the third week in a row as they traveled to Knoxville Tennessee for a competition hosted by the University of Tennessee on Saturday. Freshman Evan Ippolito (Bangor, Pa.) climbed his way to a third place spot on the podium in the Men’s Open category. Ippolito also finished top five in the Men’s Finals Competition.

For the second weekend in a row, Lauren Fowler (Elijay, Ga.) turned in a first place finish in the Women’s Intermediate category. Freshman Samantha Munson (Midlothian, Va.) followed directly behind Fowler with a second place performance in the intermediate category, as the Tornados' women climbers reached the podium for the third week in a row. Eli Hyatt (Monroe, N.C.) climbed his way to a second place spot on the podium in the Men’s Intermediate cateorgy.

There were no team results but 47 male competitors and 17 women climbers from ten universities around North Carolina and Tennessee were represented in the meet. There were four categories for both the male and female participants including recreational, intermediate, advanced, and open. A total of 40-competition bouldering routes are marked by each category for climbers to show their skill set levels off during the competition. The athlete’s final score also determines their category placement.

After the top five male and female competitors have been determined, the final route takes place in which the climbers face off in an “on-sight” format on three different male and female bouldering routes. Climbers are not allowed to see the preset route or the other four finalists climb before it is their turn. The goal is to see which of the finalists can get the farthest or can top each route within a time frame of three minutes for each of the three routes. Ippolito made it to the finals round after proving himself to be one of the top-five male climbers in the competition.

The University of Tennessee meet wraps up the local competitions for the USA Climbing-Collegiate Appalachian Region of the season. The Tornados will have a few weeks to prepare for the USAC – Collegiate Appalachian Regional Championships on April 1. The team will travel to High Point- Riverside Climbing Gym in Chattanooga, Tenn. to compete against schools from the Appalachian Region in its first year as an athletic team.

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