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The UCSB Climbing Team takes the Gold at the So Cal Regional Competition with help from World Class Red Bull Athlete Chris Sharma

Goleta, California – March 22, 2017 – During finals week of winter quarter, with Regional Championships only a week away, World Class Red Bull Athlete Chris Sharma visited the team to spend a number of hours climbing and giving advice to the team. Many took this opportunity to both take a break from finals and meet one of the best athletes in the sport of climbing. Thrilled by the opportunity, the team’s current President, Adam Schmidt, said, “Chris coming to climb with the team was a great experience, and advice from such an accomplished competitor will really help us at Regionals later this month and in future competitions.”

Adam’s expectations came true when the 2017 Southern California Regional Championship came around later that month. On April 1st, the team drove down to Sender One Climbing Gym in Santa Ana California. The team saw both Sharma’s visit and their own experience pay off; the UCSB Climbing Team took 1st overall for the team competition with 606 points, edging UCSD out for the win.

Alexandra Bradley a first year student studying pre-biology found individual success by winning in the female bouldering category, saying: “I managed to get 1st place in bouldering. I wasn’t expecting to do so well, but it was a nice surprise!”

Three years ago, with the help of UCSB Adventure Programs, 4th year CCS physics major and original team president Justin Beavers started the UCSB Climbing Team. In those three years since its conception the team has aged very well: now having over 100 registered members. As a testament to its dedication to training and high performance, the UCSB Climbing Team exceeded expectations in the Collegiate Climbing Competition circuit, taking 9 of out 18 podium spots in the Southern California local competitions for 2017.

Next year the team hopes to begin a winning streak at Regionals and take one of the top three spots at Nationals. They currently practice in Robertson’s Gym on Mondays and Wednesday 9-11 pm, Tuesday 3-5 pm, and Thursday 5-7 pm. Email ucsbclimbingteam@gmail.com for more information or goto http://recreation.sa.ucsb.edu/adventure-programs/climbing-team.

Media Contact:
Rod Tucknott
Director, UCSB Adventure Programs
Rod.Tucknott@recreation.ucsb.edu
(805)893-3737

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