|Left to right, Maddy Grupper, Anne Kavalerchik, Eleanor Wright, |
veteran member Jamie Torcicollo and Sam Kim.
Background, Andy Im, Head Coach
Atlanta, GA- On July 7-10, 2011, Seven members of the New Jersey Rock Gym climbing team competed at the 2011 SCS (Sport Climbing Series) National Climbing Competition at Stone Summit, Atlanta, Georgia with stellar results.
|Sam Kim in background, racing his way to first place.|
Sam Kim, Andrew Kim, Jesse Grupper, Maddy Grupper, Eleanor Wright, Anne Kavalerchik and Gratia Sullivan - all climbing team members from the New Jersey Rock Gym climbing facility competed against 422 of the best youth climbers from around the nation. After four days of intense competition and elimination, brothers Sam and Andrew Kim, of Livingston, NJ earned spots on the USA Climbing Team. In order to make Team USA, a climber must rank in the Top 4 of his and her category at the end of the season. Andrew Kim, age 18, qualified fourth for USA in Difficulty Sport Climbing. Sam Kim, age 13, qualified first in Speed Climbing.
Additional results included:
Jesse Grupper, age 14, Montclair, NJ finished 11th in difficulty and 17th in speed.
Maddy Grupper, age 18, Montclair, NJ finished 11th in difficulty and 10th in speed.
Eleanor Wright, age 16, Glen Ridge, NJ finished 10th in difficulty and 13th in speed.
Anne Kavalerchik, age 16, Fair Lawn, NJ finished 12th in difficulty and 25th in speed.
Gratia Sullivan, age 13, Glen Ridge, NJ finished 31st in speed.
The New Jersey Rock Gym Team (NJ Rockers) placed 12th out of 71 teams in attendance!
|Andrew Kim earning his way to Worlds!|
The top finishers in the country age 14 and older received invitations to the Junior World Championship taking place in Austria in late August. Andrew Kim is now preparing to climb for a World Championship!