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Ski and Snowboard Club’s Waring third in moguls

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – After coming away with three wins in Aspen against a strong field, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Kristi Waring skied to a third place in Saturday’s open moguls competition on Vail’s Cookshack.

“Despite qualifying for the Nor-Am circuit, Kristi has decided to sit out the eastern portion of the Nor-Am tour to work hard on learning new tricks,” said coach Mike Friedberg. “Her focus right now is on performance and not results at this point. Right now, we’re concerned about her jumps, skiing faster, and bringing every part of her skiing up a level.”

Waring is getting ready for the western leg of the Nor-Am tour, as well as the Junior Olympics and nationals.

Making it in to the top 10 in Saturday’s mogul run for the men was SSCV’s Andre Lane.

WINTER PARK

Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup

Charging down the super-G track in blowing snow and flat light at Winter Park, Erika Ghent reached the top step of the podium.

Ghent, representing SSCV and the University of Colorado, beat out CU teammate Katie Hartman by a healthy 0.71 seconds.

“It was my first run of super-G in a while, and I knew I had to execute the one hard turn well,” said Ghent. “It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough for the win.”

When asked about the low visibility, Ghent said that it’s all a part of the sport.

“There are so many variables and unknowns, and that’s what I love about ski racing. It was fun for my CU teammate and I to race a super-G and do well off of the college circuit.”

SSCV also placed seven other women in the top 15. Anne Strong took second for the J2s and fifthth overall. Taylor Rapley was sixth, and Abby Ghent seventh. Kaytlyn Samuelson had a third for the J2s and eighth overall. Elizabeth Strong clocked in with a 10th, Katharine Irwin tied for 11th, and Mary Sackbauer finished with a 13th.

“By the time the race started, it was snowing very hard,” said coach Robin Chace. “The light stayed flat all day, but the track stayed in good shape.”

The super-G at Keystone for the men saw SSCV’s Nathan Asion place sixth while Sean McCormick skied to a first for the J2 men and eighth overall.

“McCormick’s first place for the J2 field was encouraging,” coach Ian Lochhead said. “He skied with confidence, and his trip back East to compete a couple of weeks ago helped to expose him to the variable weather conditions that are a part of this sport.”

STEAMBOAT

USCSA Giant Slalom in Steamboat

SSCV also had a group of J3 skiers racing a giant slalom in Steamboat against collegiate athletes on the USCSA circuit, and Kendall VanHee put some runs together showing she can hang with these older and stronger women.

VanHee took third overall, and posted the fastest first run. Caroline Byrne took 16th overall with the second fastest time in run No. 2.

For SSCV’s J3 men, Alex Leever notched a 14th place from start No. 31, Nick Santaniello placed 17th, and Nicholas Romano took 18th.

“For our J3 girls to be in the mix with these older college athletes is pretty impressive,” said coach Scott Meyers.

All these competitions continue today with another mogul competition on Vail’s Cookshack, a super-combined race for the men and women at Winter Park, and a slalom race on Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill.


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