Collegiate National Championships Recap

This past weekend, starting on April 26, was the 2019 Collegiate National Championships. Athletes from 94 colleges across the U.S. gathered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the final U.S. speed, lead and bouldering competition of the year. After over 80 local and regional events, collegiate athletes were ready for the crowning opportunity to declare their team number one.

Qualifiers took place on the 26 for all three disciplines. For bouldering, it was a modified repoint format, meaning that there were 12 boulders per gender and competitors had three hours to give each boulder a maximum of seven attempts.  Each boulder was worth 25 points and athletes turned in their highest cumulative score. For lead, the competitors turned in the sum of their three highest scored routes. Speed climbing took place on the 10-meter IFSC route and athletes turned in their best time of two runs. The top twenty athletes from each discipline advanced.

The winners from each discipline can be found below. Complete results can be found on USAC.

Climbers shared their thoughts from the event on Instagram.

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HOLY SHIT! What a weekend! Absolutely blown away to have closed out @usaclimbing Collegiate Nationals with a 1st place in sport and a 3rd in bouldering. 🥇🥉 This is my first time winning a US comp at this level and my first national title since 2014, when I won the British Junior Bouldering Champs 😮 This competition might not mean much for some people, but recently life has brought me some of the lowest and most difficult points of my life, yet climbing continues to bring me so much joy. I have put in so much hard work in the last year, and to see it start to come to fruition over the last few months has been so fulfilling that I cannot begin to describe it. I’m not the best by any means and I’m a long way from that, but to see progress like this after so many sacrifices gives me huge motivation for the future, and I’m ready to get back in the gym! It’s been a tough ride, but it’s times like this weekend that make it all worthwhile. I haven’t been that happy like that in a while 🙃 ▪️ A huge shoutout to every single person that made this weekend so special, and especially to @claireecat for being there through it all and @philwaterhouse66 for waking the neighbors at 4am: I heard you loud and clear. It wouldn’t be worth shit without you all. ▪️ Thanks to the big man @gajdaphotography for the bouldering snap (there’ll be more to come, I can’t resist)

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  • Delaney Miller is a three time U.S. Champion in the open Sports Climbing Series. In total, Miller has won 12 Championship titles between youth and adult, National and Pan-American competitions. She has three years of coaching experience and a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.

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