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    November 17, 2021 Frederick, Md. RSS |

    Liberty ribbon winners included (from left) senior Gwen Mars, sophomore Arabella King, graduate Brian Taylor, freshman Dylan Reese, and senior Kyler Gilbert.

    Participating in its first USA Climbing Collegiate competition since Feb. 1, 2020, Liberty University’s rock climbing team had a couple of team members land on the podium for their performances at an event held Saturday night at the Boulder Yard in Frederick, Md. The Flames and Lady Flames competed against climbers from the Naval Academy and Johns Hopkins University, which are both in their Mid-Atlantic Division.

    Flames freshman Dylan Reese captured third place in the men’s bouldering competition followed by graduate Brian Taylor, who finished fourth, and senior Kyler Gilbert in sixth.

    Among women, sophomore Arabella King placed second and senior Gwen Mars came in fourth.

    “The team did really well with everything this weekend and I am very excited to see what else they can accomplish in the competitive season,” Liberty first-year Head Coach Tyler Campbell said.

    The Flames and Lady Flames will next travel to Crimper’s Climbing Gym in Blacksburg, Va., on Dec. 4 to compete in another USA Climbing Collegiate Mid-Atlantic Division event against Virginia Tech, Virginia, and possibly JMU, George Mason, and Navy.