Brevard Climbing Team to compete at USA Climbing Regionals

BREVARD N.C. – The Brevard College Climbing team will compete in their first USA Climbing – Collegiate Appalachian Regional Championship, as an official athletic team on Saturday, April 1, at the High Point Riverside Climbing Gym in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Brevard has seen much success this season, as senior Lauren Fowler (Elijay, Ga.) has placed first in the intermediate division in two competitions. Freshman Evan Ippolito (Bangor, Pa.) turned in a top-five performance in the Men’s Finals Competition at the University of Tennessee Competition on March 4.

The team has had past success in the regional competition as a club team, finishing in second place in both 2014 and 2016. The Tornados will look to capture the championship in their first year as an official athletic team sponsored by the college.

The event will feature 38 competitors including 12 females and 26 males. The competitions will be broken up into three different disciplines. The first is speed climbing in which the climbers scale a 50 foot wall for the quickest time. The second area is the sport/lead climbing. The competitors will use a harness and rope to try to complete challenging routes from the bottom to the top while clipping themselves into quick draws as they progress to the top of the rock wall. The last discipline is bouldering, where athletes will attempt problems ranging in difficulty such as recreational, intermediate, advance, and open that require technique, strength and problem solving skills to conquer the routes. The climbers will have the opportunity to participate in all three events during what is known as the “Redpoint” style competition.

Eight schools will be represented at the competition, most of the teams the Tornados have faced throughout the season. Brevard is one of the smaller schools in the meet, as universities such as Duke, Western Carolina, UNC, UT Chattanooga, and Middle Tennessee State University will be in attendance.

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