The Touchstone Zero Gravity Climbing Team wrapped up a phenomenal 2012 season, with a Silver Medal finish (for the second straight year) at the USA Climbing SCS Youth National Championships. Nationals were held in Atlanta GA July 5th-8th at Stone Summit.
In addition the team had 3 National Champions, Joshua Levin, Mirko Caballero and Natalia Grossman. Also making the US Team were Cicada Jenerik, Jacquelyn Wu, Katrina Louie, Nick Bradley and Dylan Meyerhoffer. Josh, Cicada, Jacquelyn and Katrina competed at the Youth World Championships in Singapore, August 29 to September 1. At the Youth World Championships, the vast majority of the US Team made semi finals but unfortunately only a few made finals. The Austrians, Japanese and other European countries were in excellent form.
The competition had an unusual atmosphere as it was held on Sentosa Beach on the Straight of Singapore. Sunshine, sand and humidity made for an interesting dynamic, but overall the competition was exceptional. On an individual note, this past summer Jacquelyn Wu competed at two Adult World Cup comps in Europe. At the competition in Chamonix, France, Jacquelyn set a new American record for the 15 meter Speed climb at 11.90 seconds. Touchstone climbing can now boast both the Male and Female American Speed records as Joshua Levin still holds the Male record for the 15 meter at 9.23 Another Touchstone Zero Gravity athlete tearing it up in Europe this summer was 11 year old Mirko Caballero. At the Arco Rock Master Festival 2012, Mirko won the All Around for the Rock Junior Euro Cup by placing first in Bouldering, Sport and Speed! Not only did he dominate on the competition scene, in Rodellar, Spain he also sent his second 5.14a (8b+), Ixeia!!!
Congratulations to everyone who competed at the USA Climbing SCS National Championships: Sport Results: Cicada Jenerik Silver Medal, Natalia Grossman Silver Medal, Nick Bradley Bronze Medal, Joshua Levin 5th, Dylan Meyerhoffer 5th, Connor Everton 6th, Jacquelyn Wu 7th, Mirko Caballero 7th, Sera Busse 11th, Matt Grossman 12th, Kat Gentry 14th, Hanna Grossman 16th, Seth Rogers 17th, Rick Gentry 19th, Ethan Rogers 20th, Katrina Louie 31st. Speed Results: Joshua Levin National Champion (for the TENTH consecutive year), Mirko Caballero National Champion, Natalia Grossman National Champion, Jacquelyn Wu Silver Medal, Matt Grossman 5th, Cicada Jenerik 6th, Katrina Louie 6th, Seth Rogers 7th, Ethan Rogers 10th, Sera Busse 12th, Nick Bradley 12th, Connor Everton 13th, Rick Gentry 15th, Alexa Nazarian 16th, Dylan Meyerhoffer 20th, Hanna Grossman 23rd, Kat Gentry 27th, Daniel Franklin 29th, Nathan Frankel 33rd. Youth World Championship Results: Sport: Cicada Jenerik 17th, Jacquelyn Wu 19th, Joshua Levin 23rd. Speed: Joshua Levin 11th, Jacquelyn Wu 11th, Katrina Louie 13th.
Tags: Zero Gravity, Josh Levin, Jacquelyn Wu
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