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ABS Nationals Adventures - Francesca Metcalf

ABS Nationals Adventures - Francesca Metcalf
March 23, 2012 - 

ABS Nationals this year were a bit more hectic than I am used to. It was a great and fun competition as always, but things just didn’t go as well for me as I would have liked. It started out Thursday night. I had a big biology test that I could not miss that ended at seven, so I booked a flight to Denver that left at nine. With that short of a time to catch my plane, even if things went smoothly, it was going to be close. The test took the full hour, and we started late, so I didn’t get out until after seven. I had to wait 20 minutes for the bus that went to the train station, and from there it was about an hour trip to the airport. Long story short, I missed my flight. The next plane to Denver didn’t leave until about ten in the morning, getting in around 11:30, ten minutes before my climbing time. So, I basically gave up all hope of making it to nationals, called my mom, who was already in Colorado Springs, and then ate half a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


My mom, however, did not give up all hope. She, with a handful of the other wonderful board members, dropped whatever important business they were up to and searched every travel site they could think of until they found a new flight for me. They found one that left Atlanta at 6am Thursday morning, and got in around eight. I was so nervous about missing my flight that I woke up at one, and got to the airport three hours early. I did not miss the flight.

I got to the venue right on time, but I was running on about three hours of sleep. Surprisingly though, I climbed decently. There were five problems and I flashed the first three, got to the last move of the fourth, and finished the fifth with one fall. The group was all really close, and I ended qualifiers in ninth place. Then I went and took a nap.

I started off semi-finals much more well-rested, possibly even too well-rested. I don’t know what happened exactly, but I just did not climb well. I finished the first problem with two falls, but the falls were both totally unnecessary. I didn’t finish any of the other three problems, but they all went about the same way. It took me way too many attempts to reach my high point, and by the time I figured it out, I was too tired to finish it, or get any higher. I got 12th in semi-finals, so I did not make it to finals, unfortunately. But on the brighter side, I got a 98 on my biology test.


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