Ashima Shiraishi, Kai Lightner Win 2017 Sport National Championship

Results from the 2017 U.S. Sport and Speed Open National Championship held in Denver, Colorado on March 10 and 11.

By Rock and Ice | March 13th, 2017

Ashima Shiraishi on her way to win the 2017 Sport National Championship title. Photo: Greg Mionske Photography. Ashima Shiraishi fashioned a perfect performance at the 2017 U.S. Sport Open National Championship this weekend. The 15-year-old climber from New York City, who was climbing in the open national championship for the first time, flashed or onsighted every route from qualifiers to finals to take the title of national champion.

“It is an honor to hold this title and to have competed against some of the world’s most talented climbers such as [Margo Hayes] and [Brooke Raboutou],” Ashima posted on Facebook after the competition. “I am looking forward to compete in a few World Cups this summer. Thanks for cheering me on.”

Margo Hayes, 19, and Brooke Raboutou, 15, joined Ashima on the podium in second place and third place.

On the men’s side, Kai Lightner, 17, took the title of national sport climbing champion—the second time he’s held the honor. Lightner won the competition in 2015, at age 15, when he competed in his first ever Sport Open National Championship. In 2016, he took second place. In February, Lightner took second place at the 2017 Open Bouldering National Championship held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jesse Grupper, 20, and Drew Ruana, 17, joined Lightner on the podium in second place and third place. Grupper also took second place, and was runner up to Lightner, at the 2015 Sport Open National Championship.

In the speed climbing competition, Claire Buhrfeind took first place for women, followed by Amanda Wooten in second and Grace McKeehan in third. On the men’s side, John Brosler took first place, Libor Hroza—from the Czech Republic—second place, and Max Hammer third place. As a foreign national, Hroza did not rank in the U.S. National Championship, which bumped Hammer up to second and Michael Finn-Henry, who came in fourth place in the event, into third for the national ranking.

The 2017 U.S. Sport & Speed Open National Championship took place March 10 and 11 at Movement Climbing and Fitness in Denver, Colorado.



Sport (FINALS)

Kai Lightner (front) and Ashima Shiraishi climbing side by side at the 2017 Sport and Speed National Championship. Photo: Greg Mionske Photography.Women                                          Men

1. Ashima Shiraishi                        1. Kai Lightner

2. Margo Hayes                              2. Jesse Grupper

3. Brooke Raboutou                       3. Drew Ruana

4. Kyra Condie                               4. Noah Ridge

5. Michaela Kiresch                        5. Shane Messer

6. Claire Buhrfeind                         6. Bobby Taft-Pittman

7. Julia Talbot                                 7. Vasya Vorotnikov

8. Melina Costanza                        7. Josh Levin

8. Natalia Grossman                      9. Austin Geiman

10. Meagan Martin                        10. Solomon Barth

11. Juliet Hammer                         11. Joey Catama


Women’s podium (sport): from left, Margo Hayes (2), Ashima Shiraishi (1), Brooke Raboutou (3). Photo: Greg Mionske Photography. Men’s podium (sport): from left, Jesse Grupper (2), Kai Lightner (1), Drew Ruana (3). Photo: Greg Mionske Photography.



















Speed (FINALS)

Women                                          Men

1. Claire Buhrfeind                         1. John Brosler

2. Amanda Wooten                        2. Libor Hroza (Czech Republic)

3. Grace McKeehan                       3. Max Hammer

4. Lauren Bair                                4. Michael Finn-Henry

5. Kyra Condie                               5. Gentry Cole

6. Piper Kelly                                  6. Luke Muehring

7. Bimini Horstmann                       7. Noah Bratschi

8. Brooke Raboutou                       8. Nicholas Romero

9. Marisa Romero                           9. Merrit Ernsberger

                                                       10. Ryan Copeland

                                                       11. Luke Rodley

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Women’s podium (speed): from left, Amanda Wooten (2), Claire Buhrfeind (1), Grace McKeehan (3). Photo: Greg Mionske Photography. Men’s podium (speed): from left, Libor Hroza (2), John Brosler (1), Max Hammer (3). Photo: Greg Mionske Photography.




















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View more photos from the event on U.S.A Climbing’s Facebook page.

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