J3 and J4 Highlights

March 25, 2012 ~ The J3s were at Sugarloaf for the J3 Eastern Championships last weekend, and GMVS skiers showed up prominently in the results. Since there were 18 kids from our little campus in attendance, that’s no surprise…The overall boy's winner was Christian Gallagher ’15 who also had a place on the podium with a 1st-place result in the Super-G. Classmate Scott Schibli also skied well and landed in 4th place.  The next day, the girls raced GS, and Nicole Leibundgut ’16 led the charge in 7th place. Taking 11th was Amelia Kaplan, while Tarrah Price ’16 jumped into 15th. Sunday brought slalom to the program, and David Frisk ’15 continued his solid skiing, winning the second run en route to 5th place. Patrick Gallagher ’16 went for 61st to 8th, while Josh Turner ’16 made the jump of the day, all the way to 11th from back in 83rd place! The event concluded on Monday with the girls’ slalom, and Amelia Kaplan finished 7th. 

From here, several racers qualified for the CanAm series that has just started in Mont Tremblant, PQ, as well as a USSA Talent Project in Park City next month. Battling it out in Tremblant against the best North American racers their age are: David Frisk, Sebastian Halpern-Reiss ‘16, Chris Post ‘15, Patrick Gallagher, Luca Cuvelier ‘15, Josh Turner, Ellie Curtis ‘17, Amelia Kaplan, Katie Campbell ‘16, Kara Gailiunas ’15 and Tarrah Price. Invited to the Park City Project are Christian Gallagher, Scott Schibli and Nicole Leibundgut.

The CanAm races got underway today in Tremblant, and David Frisk wasted no time, besting the field to win the GS. For the girls, Amelia Kaplan rode the second-best second run to finish 10th, while Ellie Curtis was consistent in taking 15th.

This past weekend also brought the annual George Tormey challenge to Smuggler’s Notch, and the collective efforts of the GMVS crew in attendance resulted in the overall title returning to GMVS once again this year. In the guys’ GS on Saturday, seventh-grader Eric Greenstein took 4th, followed by less than a tenth of a second by classmate Jack Despres. Casey Cardon ’15 ended up 6th, a half-second ahead of 9th-place finisher Kyle Losty ‘15. 7th-Grader Malcolm Ingalsbe was 13th, with Wilder Perera ‘16 finishing 15th. For the girls, Juliana Skovran grabbed the bronze, while Meg O’Shea ’15 was 5th, with classmates Katy Rosen and Christine Horn taking 8th and 9th, respectively. Sunday’s slalom saw Meg O’Shea ascend to the top of the podium, with Christine Horn in 7th and Katy Rosen in 9th. For the boys, Eric Greenstein took silver, almost a second ahead of 3rd-place finisher Kyle Losty. Erik Silbernagel ’16 was also fast in 5th, while Malcolm Ingalsbe finished 7th. Wrapping things up for the winning GMVS squad was Eli Wolfson ’16  in 14th.  For their efforts on the weekend, Kyle and Meg also took home the individual overall championships. 


The youngest GMVS racers had the State Championships at Pico, and despite the balmy temps and disappearing snow, the group fared well. In the slalom, Maddie Davis and Katie Queally took up much of the podium, finishing 2nd and third, respectively. For the boys, Nick Skovran took home 4th place. In the GS, Katie Queally was again fast, finishing 4th, while in the boys’ race, Toby Lanser was 4th, Nick Skovran 7th and Justin Boes 14th.  For their efforts, Nick, Maddie, Katie, Toby, Abi Jewett and Hannah Utter earned a trip to Sunday River for the J4 Eastern Championships as well.