Two locals fare well at USA Climbing Nationals

Youth Scene

July 22, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Nathan Withey, left, and Sara Griffith, of Huntington Beach competed at the USA Climbing Nationals in Atlanta.
Nathan Withey, left, and Sara Griffith, of Huntington… (Independent )

A pair of climbers from ClimbX Indoor Rock Gym in Huntington Beach competed at the USA Climbing Nationals July 9 through 12 in Atlanta.

Nathan Withey, 12, earned a 31st-place finish and Sara Griffith, 13, placed 34th in their division, which included 334 athletes who were judged in both difficulty and speed. Griffith competed in both categories and Withey in difficulty, their coach Bryan Leipper, co-owner of ClimbX Indoor Rock Gym, said.

Leipper said that Withey and Griffith had to compete in three local events to qualify for nationals. The regional tournament was held in Tucson and divisional tournament in Boulder, Colo. The two finished among the top four-to-six in their division at each event to earn a bid to nationals.

The USA Climbing Nationals is the culmination of the sport climbing season that runs March through July.

"It is a testament to their dedication to climbing and training to make it to a national event," Leipper said of Withey and Griffith. "They had a wonderful opportunity to compete against the best young climbers in the United States. Sara and Nathan climbed exceptionally well and they will be able to use this experience to assist them in their future competition climbing careers."


Leipper said that Withey and Griffith take part in two two-hour training sessions weekly at ClimbX Indoor Rock Gym, in addition to outdoor climbing trips.

ClimbX will host a national bouldering competition Nov. 13 at its gym. The competition is open to all climbers.


Surf City Cyclones capture title: The Surf City Cyclones, a girls' Under-10 soccer team out of AYSO Region 56, went undefeated last weekend to win its division at the Wolfpack Invitational at UC Irvine.

Coached by Alan Walencewicz, the Cyclones defeated Canyon Futbol Club (3-2), South Bay Force Blue (3-0), West Coast FC United Blue (2-1) and in Sunday's title game, edged FC Long Beach, 2-1.

Thirteen teams competed in the girls' U10 division.

Wolfpack U11 boys win division: The Wolfpack Under-11 boys' soccer team showed early indications of how it will do this fall when it moves up to the U12 boys' Silver division by winning the Wolfpack Invitational Sunday at UC Irvine.

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