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ABS Nationals 2014! Finals Wrap-Up and Results UPDATED

February 23, 2014 2 comments
Michael O'Rourke

Michael O’Rourke on Men’s Semi 3

There is a lot that can be said about this exciting ABS Nationals, but if you have the internet you’ve probably seen or read most of it already. For those who don’t want to do the digging and don’t have time to watch the replays, I’ve offered some thoughts on finals below.

Megan Mascarenas nearly finished Women's Final 4  |  Keith North

Megan Mascarenas nearly finished Women’s Final 4 | Keith North


Women’s Finals

For the viewer (at least at home) the women’s finals were far less exciting than the men’s. One reason might be that the male climber seemed to take precedence on the live feed, so the opinion of those of us watching at home may be biased because of that. I hate to be too critical as I know how hard it is to set for these types of events and also as I usually prefer to set and climb a more technical type boulder (as these were), but the consensus among those I’ve talked with is that the women’s finals just didn’t seem as cool as the men’s. They did succeed in getting the job done though, with a clean separation of the field in final scores.

UPDATE – According to competitors the first two women’s finals were actually super fun to climb on. Apologies for assuming they weren’t as cool when really they just didn’t look as good via feed.

UPDATE for clarification – 7 women went to finals because Jule Wurm is German, not American, and they needed six American females in finals. Jule is a talented World Cup climber that you’ve probably heard of by now if you read our World Cup recaps every season.

Final 1 was a pretty basic sequence that seemed a bit more committing for the shorter competitors and involved a mantle/rock-over and then some crimps/edges up a face. Half the field bungled the mantle and fell at least once, but the top didn’t seem too hard (except when Alex Puccio tried to dyno for the last hold first go and missed). Puccio ended up crimping on the side of the volume when she got out of sequence and using that volume edge crimp to do the last move.

Jule Wurm flashing WF1

Jule Wurm flashing WF1. Alex Puccio crimped the bottom left corner of that high blue triangle.

Women’s Final 2 looked the least pleasant of the bunch, as the holds were uninspiring to look at and none of the competitors seemed to be enjoying the climb. The bottom was tensiony on smaller holds, then there was a scrunchy press left on some sloper things, then a “triple-bump” that knocked Alex Johnson off, that Angie Payne managed, that Alex Puccio housed, and that Jule skipped (by standing tall from the 2nd hold to the top of the finish hold). The taller girls as a whole looked miserable on this problem, and I’m not sure how tall Grace is but she, Jule, Angie, and Puccio did it whereas Megan, Margo, and Alex Johnson did not.

Angie sticking the third bump.

Angie sticking the third bump. WF2.

Women’s Final 3 was far more interesting and involved a mantle onto a big volume, then a jump to a main dish with an overhead press on another main dish to stabilize. The setters added a hold to help with the jump and it probably made it possible but it also left some of the competitors stranded in the splits. Puccio, Angie, and Grace didn’t manage to get out of it, but the rest of the competitors sent. This time it seemed the taller competitors had the advantage.

Alex Puccio kinda stuck.

Alex Puccio kinda stuck.

Jule managed to jump out of the splits and into the overhead press.

Jule managed to jump out of the splits and into the overhead press.

Margo with the old head-press-rest.

Margo with the old head-press-rest.

Alex Johnson flashed.

Alex Johnson flashed.

Women’s Final 4 was the showpiece of the bunch with a dyno out the roof that neither Alex Johnson nor Angie managed to stick, though both were painfully close. Margo and Grace stuck it and got up to the powerful undercling match under the lip of the roof, and Margo got her hands above the roof before falling. Margo did some great route style resting and then used a kneebar/twist to get through the first few roof moves. You can tell the girl has climbed at Hueco. I’m so proud. Anyways, at the lip Megan went up with her wrong hand first, but instead of matching as Margo did (she tried but then abandoned the idea), Megan downclimbed to the undercling match, then went up with her correct (right) hand. Megan then proceeded to do two more unlikely looking moves, only to fall off the last move of the boulder! The endurance and power she showed were impressive to say the least, and it’s clear she could have sent if she hadn’t made an energy-sapping mistake. Jule Wurm also climbed to the top of the problem, only to fall going for the finish. That left Alex Puccio who, true to form, stuck the dyno 2nd (or 3rd?) go, then pretty much hiked her way to the top, doing the powerful last move like it was nothing and showing why she is still the American Champion.

Margo copping a rest.

Margo copping a rest.

Jule mid-problem.

Jule mid-problem.

Megan Mascarenas so very close.

Megan Mascarenas so very close.

Alex Puccio doing the last move on the giant baby heads.

Alex Puccio doing the last move on the giant baby heads.

The way the scores work, tops are given the most weight, then points, then flashes/attempts. Jule Wurm and Alex Puccio both climbed 3 boulders, but on the boulder Jule didn’t send, Final 4, she got to the last move, literally touched the last hold, so she got 16 points. On the problem Alex didn’t do she got stuck in the splits early on and so only got 3 points for it. Therefore, Jule is first in this comp and won but Alex Puccio is still considered the American Bouldering Champion.


Women’s Final Results

1. Jule Wurm

2. Alex Puccio (US National Champion)

3. Megan Mascarenas

4. Margo Hayes

5. Grace McKeehan

6. Alex Johnson

7. Angie Payne


Men’s Finals

The short of it is, Daniel Woods dominated the men’s category with sends of all four boulders, and close on his heels were Vasya Vorotnikov, who made an incredibly exciting send of Men’s Final 2, and a young man named Andy Lamb who came out of nowhere to impress everybody on his way to a third place finish. Michael O’Rourke, climbing in his first ABS Open Nationals final, also gave an impressive showing and though he missed the corner press beta on Men’s Final 1, he was the only competitor besides Daniel to stick a powerful pinch move on Men’s Final 4. Paul Robinson surprised himself by making finals, as he’s been primarily climbing outdoors of late, and he climbed well with a flash of the first problem and a near-send of the third. Finally Jon Cardwell looked strong as always but seemed a bit stymied by reach on all the problems, for example, on Final 1 there was a corner press that he simply couldn’t reach, on Final 2 he was very extended for already extended jumps, on Final 3 he had trouble reaching the final hold with his body in a stable position, and on Final 4 the jump to the pinch was huge, though he nearly made it and had a handful of the hold a couple of times. All in all a good effort from all the men and very exciting viewing.

Paul Robinson styling the corner press on F1.

Paul Robinson styling the corner press on F1.

Jon can't quite reach the good spot. F1.

Jon can’t quite reach the good spot. F1.

Michael O'Rourke eyeing up the bad pinch on Men's Final 2.

Michael O’Rourke eyeing up the bad pinch on Men’s Final 2. He got to the top of the boulder but tried a rose move for the finish and missed the final hold. Below, Vasya shows how it was supposed to be done.

Vasya doing the cross under finish move.

Vasya doing the cross under finish move on F2. Daniel did it this way and sent as well.

The mysterious Andy Lamb atop Men's Final 3.

The mysterious Andy Lamb atop the balancy Men’s Final 3.

Bad shot but it shows how big this move was. Daniel sticking it.

Bad shot but it shows how big this move on F4 was. Daniel sticking it.

Daniel two moves from the top. He did it 2nd go.

Daniel two moves from the top. He fell here first try and finished it 2nd go.

Men’s Final Results

1. Daniel Woods

2. Vasya Vorotnikov

3. Andy Lamb

4. Michael O’Rourke

5. Paul Robinson

6. Jon Cardwell



Jule Wurm (1st) Alex Puccio (2nd) Megan Mascarenas (3rd)

Jule Wurm (1st) Alex Puccio (2nd) Megan Mascarenas (3rd)

Men's Podium ABS 15 Nationals 2014

Men’s Podium ABS 15 Nationals 2014. Daniel Woods (1st) Vasya Vorotnikov (2nd) Andy Lamb (3rd)

Final Results

Final Results


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ABS 14 Youth National Championships – Finals Results

March 6, 2013 1 comment

If you’ve been following the blog you know that we had our first ever youth finalists in an ABS Nationals, Team Captain Tika Anderson (Female Junior – 18/19) and Comp Team Athlete Emily Herdic (Female Youth D – under 11). We also had Comp Team Athlete Kyle Fridberg in Qualifiers, and he ended up in 19th overall.

Tika was 9th in Qualifiers and 7th in Semis, meaning she spent most of the comp in the top 10 and went into finals in a good place. Because of byes given to National and Continental Champions (meaning they don’t “count” in the number of competitors taken forward) her category took more climbers through each round than the other categories, and there were 14 girls competing in finals. Coach Shannon tells me that Tika climbed well. She fell from the last move of problem 2, and on problem 3 there was a press into a corner followed by a dyno, and Tika wasn’t quite able to get up into the corner well enough to jump, but after the jump it looked very doable. Unfortunately she didn’t get through and ended up in 13th overall. We are extremely proud of her, this is her best National placing ever, and she represented The Spot well through the rounds. She is young for the category and has another year of Junior Nationals still before she ages into adults. Great job Tika on all your hard work and in climbing well throughout the comp!!!

Emily was 6th in Qualifiers and 3rd in Semifinals, so she also was in a very good position throughout the comp. Her category took 10 girls to finals. In the end Emily took 9th. The coaches who were present at Nationals told me that Emily climbed well through the competition but was tired the last day and not feeling her best. She still gave a phenomenal effort and we are extremely proud of her for making finals, especially since it’s only her first season of competition!!! Great job Emily!!!

We are super proud of our Spot Team Competitors in representing The Spot so well at ABS 14 Youth Nationals, and after some outdoor climbing this spring and summer we are looking forward to next season.

Come to our Team’s Bake Sale on Friday, March 15th, and help support the Spring Break trip to Joe’s Valley while enjoying delicious homemade cookies, brownies,and more. Check it out on Facebook here – Bake Sale at the Spot 3/15 4pm!

Great job Team!!!

Categories: 2013, ABS Nationals, Comps

ABS 14 Youth Nationals – Semifinal Results + Finals Running Orders

March 2, 2013 Leave a comment

We are incredibly proud that both Team Captain Tika Anderson and Comp Team Athlete Emily Herdic made it through Semifinals and into Finals!!!


Tika qualified in 7th place!

F JR Semis Results – ‎


Emily qualified in 3rd place!

F YD Semis Results – ‎


The girls will be competing in finals tomorrow. If you can get down to Colorado Springs to support them take your Spot gear and go! Here are the finals running orders:

Tika Finals Running Order – Female Junior  – ‎ (scroll down)

Emily Finals Running Order – Female D – ‎ (scroll down)

More Info – ABS Nationals Homepage

Hope to see everyone tomorrow in Colorado Springs!!!

Categories: 2013, ABS Nationals, Comps

ABS Youth Nationals 2013 Qualifier Results – 2 Spot Team Members Advance!

March 2, 2013 Leave a comment

We are so proud of Spot Team Captain Tika Anderson and Comp Team Members Kyle Fridberg and Emily Herdic for competing in the ABS 14 Youth National Championships yesterday.

Tika Anderson – You will remember seeing Tika in several SBS finals this season. She is the Regional and Divisional Champion this year in Junior Girls and so far at Nationals she has climbed really well and is 9th after qualifiers with two flashes and 38 points.

Great job Tika!!!

Girl’s Junior Quali Results – ‎


Kyle Fridberg – Kyle has had some unfortunate comp experiences–last year he broke his leg at Divisionals in Arizona, and this year in the week leading up to Nationals he tweaked his knee at school (turned out to be ok, phew), then got sick with a fever. He was still sick at Nationals but climbed well, ending up in 19th place overall with 1 flash and 43 points. 19th in the country!

Great job Kyle!!!

Boy’s B Quali Results – ‎


Emily Herdic – Emily flashed one problem and finished another 2nd go (the most anyone in her category topped) and got 50 points in 10 tries for 6th place after qualifiers. She is competing in semifinals today as well.

Great job Emily!!!

Girl’s D Quali Results – ‎


Semifinals are today in Colorado Springs.

‎Female Junior Semis Running Order

Male B/Female D Semis Running Order


We’ll keep you posted.

Climb Strong Spot Team!!!

Categories: 2013, ABS Nationals, Comps

ABS Nationals Highlights Videos

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment


February 26, 2013 1 comment

Ian crushing on Men’s Final 4

We are still really excited for our setter Ian Dory and his 2nd place finish (1 point from first!) at ABS Nationals last weekend.


Ian nearly finishing Men’s Final 2. Just as he went to match his heel slipped off!

Great job Ian!!!

ABS 14 Nationals – Media Links

February 24, 2013 1 comment

Here are some links to our coverage and other photos and such from the event. Some are in Facebook but I imagine you’ll be able to see them if you have a Facebook because they are photogs pages.

All results and info – ABS Nationals Homepage


Puccio by Huey Photography (link below)

Cool Photos – Huey Photography – Open Bouldering Nationals 2013 – a selection from Qualis, Semis, Finals

Daniel on Men's Final 1

Daniel on Men’s Final 1 (link to album below)

More Cool Photos – Page Kuepper Photography – ABS NATIONALS FINALS

ABS 14 Open Nationals – Quali Results | The Spot Route Setting Blog

ABS 14 Nationals Final Rundown – Women | The Spot Route Setting Blog

ABS 14 National Championship Final Results!!! | The Spot Route Setting Blog

Live feed and reruns – TV | Louder Than 11

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