University of Houston Student Madeline Morris Wins USA Climbing Collegiate National Bouldering Championship at Momentum Silver Street 

Last weekend University of Houston student Madeline Morris won the USA Climbing Collegiate National Bouldering Championship on her own turf. The 20-year old has been training at Momentum Silver Street and Momentum Katy. Momentum is known in the climbing world for their innovative facilities and programming, and Morris is the proof in the pudding. Climbing Business Journal reports that on average, indoor climbing’s growth has increased on average 9.5 percent in the past five years, record growth for any industry.

If you are writing about the growth of climbing, indoor climbing or competitions, please consider Joey Luna, general manager of Momentum Silver Street, as an expert and resource. If you would like to speak to Morris about her training, I am happy to coordinate an interview.

HOUSTON (April 25, 2018) – Momentum Indoor Climbing hosted the USA Climbing Collegiate National Championship at Momentum Katy and Momentum Silver Street on Friday and Saturday, April 20 to 21, 2018. Over 500 competitors from participating colleges around the U.S. competed in the event. University of Houston student Madeline Morris, who is also an employee of Momentum Silver Street, won the women’s bouldering national title on Sunday.

The USA Climbing Collegiate National Championship winners are:


Female        Madeline Morris, University of Houston

Male            Jesse Grupper, Tufts University


Female         Grace McKennhan, Southern Methodist University

Male             Thomas Pitzel, University Of Maryland
Female            Katherine Lamb, Stanford University

Male               Jesse Grupper, Tufts University

Team              Stanford University

USA Climbing, the national governing body of competitive climbing, extended invitations to the highest ranked competitors from the USA Climbing Collegiate Regional Championships to participate in the national championships. The competition included all three climbing disciplines: sport, speed, and bouldering. Momentum Katy hosted the qualifying rounds on Friday and the sport and speeds finals on Saturday. Momentum Silver Street hosted the bouldering finals on Saturday evening. The top five ranked competitors in each category will receive invitations to compete in the  World University Championships Bratislava, Slovakia June 20-23, 2018.

“We congratulate all of this weekend’s competitors. It was especially thrilling to watch Maddie Morris, one of our employees, win the bouldering championship with friends and Momentum family cheering her on,” said Nicole Brandt, Momentum’s program director. “We are so grateful to bring world class climbing training facilities to Houston and provide local and visiting athletes alike with the opportunities to train for future competitions.”

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For the last decade, Momentum™ Indoor Climbing has been developing inspiring climbing gyms to serve local communities. Based in Salt Lake City, the Momentum brand is fueled by a passion for evolving and sharing the sport of rock climbing through timeless wall designs, modern training facilities, programs and amenities that enhance the indoor climbing experience. Momentum is committed to building better climbers and cultivating lasting communities. For more information about Momentum, visit or connect with Momentum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vimeo.