March 28, 2013 ~
The final weeks of racing in the east are upon us, and plenty of GMVS kids are still going fast all over the place.
And now, we’ll start with this week in Vermont, with the George Tormey Series GS at nearby Middlebury Snowbowl. Christian Gallagher showed his mettle with a solid second place result on the tough Allen Trail, with Pate Campbell also skiing well in 7th. Carter Kendig was also in the mix in 14th place. For the ladies, Tarrah Price had a terrific race, finishing 4th, with Katy Rosen edging out Isobel Morton for 8th. Rebecca Arencebia skied up to 15th place as well.
The Eastern FIS calendar was busy, with Eastern Cup GS races in Stowe and Development FIS GS and slalom in Whiteface. The eastern Cups also travelled to Waterville Valley, NH for slaloms. Junior Charlie Raposo started things off in high style, winning the opening GS on Maine Street, just ahead of Tucker Marshall. UNH’s Chad Lawrence ’09 was 9th. In the second GS, another GMVS face struck gold, with Andrew McNealus ‘08 of Middlebury College taking the win. Chad Lawrence moved up to 5th, with Tucker Marshall in 7th, just ahead of Middlebury’s Ghassan Gedeon-Achi ’11, who made a big move from way back in start number 46. Charlie Raposo finished 13th, with Thomas Woolson taking 15th place.
This crew then headed to Waterville Valley, NH for slalom races, and there the story was again Andrew McNealus , as the Midd senior finished the season as he started, winning both races. Tucker Marshall had a lock on 4th place in both races, while Thomas Woolson ’12 finished 15th on the second day. For the ladies, Dartmouth’s Jackie Maier ‘10 took 7th on the final day.
Over in Whiteface, the boys raced GS before being joined by the ladies for a pair of slaloms. In the opener, Nick Cosentino raced to the podium in 3rd, with Theo Morton finishing well in 6th. Max Stamler rolled in to 10th place. The second day saw 5 guys make the first page, led by Geoff Pyke in 6th, just ahead of Nick Cosentino in 7th. Malcolm Dymond ducked in ahead of Nick Kaufmann for 13th place, and Nick’s result was also impressive, given his start position at #54. Max Stamler rounded things out in 15th.
In the slalom races, Ana Taberna and Ali Price led the charge for the ladies, with each taking 5th place and landing on the U18 podium. Ana’s result on Day 1 was joined by Ava Kikut in 9th, while Ali had Eklutna Kenney in 13th with her in the top seed on the second day. For the guys, Max Stamler followed up a 10th place in the opener with a 4th place for his best slalom result to date. Nick Cosentino moved up well on the first day two.
Up in Canada, some GMVS alumni made some noise as well. In two GS races at Stoneham, Fred Durand’08 and Simon Mannella (PG’08) traded 2nd-place results, while Fred also threw in a 7th place. Olivier Bouvier-Johnston ’10 grabbed the other 7th place, and added an 11th place as well.
Finally, the U16s had the AmCan races in Sugarloaf, and they, too, tossed in some excellent results. Ali Nullmeyer took the win in Super G, just ahead of Katie Utter in second place. Kara Gailiunas moved up nicely as well, finishing 7th. For the guys, Scott Schibli continued his late-season surge to lead a charge of 5 guys in the top 13 with his silver-medal performance. Logan Slattery was not far back in 4th, just ahead of classmate David Frisk. Tristan McCutcheon skied well in 11th, with Jimmy Krupka turning the long boards to take 13th.
The slalom saw Kara Gailiunas make an impressive jump from 32nd place to 4th, while Rebecca Ryan was 14th. For the guys, Jimmy Krupka grabbed 7th place, with Carter Armstrong in 9th.
The GS wrapped things up, and Ali Nullmeyer again found the podium, finishing 2nd, and she was joined in third by Kara Gailiunas, who moved up from 20th to win the bronze. Nicole Leibundgut jumps 21 places to take 8th, while Ellie Curtis moved up to take 13th. For the boys, it was also a silver and bronze affair, with Scott Schibli grabbing his second silver of the event, just ahead of a charging David Frisk. Tristan McCutcheon moved up 42 slots (!) to finish 11th, while Jimmy Krupka jumped up to 13th place on the day.