FIS, USSA and College Racing

March 25, 2012 ~ Alpine Highlights

FIS 

The overly full FIS calendar also bobbed and weaved with the caprices of the weather gods, and though most races were held, there were tough conditions and several cancellations. We’ll start in Whiteface, where the NJR finals took place. In the slalom, junior Jack Schibli continued his fast skiing in taking 5th, and he was joined on the first page by classmate Sam Worley in 11th. For the ladies, Sammi Stolar ’14 showed her quickness in finishing 4th (from 22nd) while Ava Kikut ’13 finished 10th. In the GS, senior Maddie Leopold grabbed the third podium spot with one of her best finishes to date, while fellow senior Kendall Pasteris took 6th for the guys, just ahead of junior Trevor Harnsberger. Jack Schibli was also in the mix in 12th. 

In Stowe, the Eastern Cup Finals saw Tucker Marshall take 6th in GS, then the whole crew headed to Waterville Valley, NH for the final slaloms. The fields were cut due to the weather, but our gang had some solid results nonetheless. Tucker was again in good form, grabbing a 6th and a 7th, thus securing the season-long Eastern Cup title. Ryan Mooney ‘14 had the second-best result for J2s in the opener, as he jumped up nearly 60 places. For the ladies, UNH’s Laura Rozinowicz ’09 edged Anna Kikut for 4th place in the opener, with PG Amy McLaughlin finishing 8th. In the second race, Sara Kikut was 7th, with Laura Roz taking 13th. Also of note was sophomore Marlene Thoma, who was the top J2 in the race, finishing 18th overall. 

Up in Canada, a variety of FIS spring series are underway. In a FIS University event at Stoneham, UNH  got a result from 2009 GMVS grads Marie-Elaine Lepine (7th in the ladies’ race) and Chad Lawrence (9th for the men), while Marlene Thoma was again the top J2 in the field.

USSA

The USSA calendar was especially decimated by the temperatures, but the folks at Bromley somehow managed to keep enough snow on their south-facing hill to get in a slalom last Sunday. Ava Kikut clearly enjoyed her day in the sun, as she skied away with the win. Behind her on the podium was Sammi Stolar in 3rd, with Natalie Wetmore ‘14 finishing 5th and Eklutna Kenney ’14 taking home 7th. For the boys, Seb Gonin ’15 also found the podium in 2nd place, with Thomas Walsh ’14 finishing 11th.

College Racing

Six GMVS alumni participated in the USCSA National Champonships.

This was the first time UCONN women made it to Nationals, ending up 9th out of 19 teams.
Brown's women's team is a varsity sport in jeopardy of being cut...they ended up placing 2nd!
Clarkson women placed 3rd!
               
Jill Clevenger  (Clarkson)     
Emma Leblanc  (Brown University)
Brigitta Park   (UConn)    
Sam Davis (UBC)       
JP Phaneuf (Clarkson)
Cedric Dubois (Clarkson)   

Jill, Emma and Brigitta also were awarded All American honors.