Ski Club Vail women sweep Surefoot slalom
VAIL – The Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup tour made it’s stop at Eldora Ski Area with giant slalom and slalom racing for the men and women, and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s ability class women made their presence known on the podium.The action started on Saturday with the giant slalom, and after two runs down the track, the top four spots were within .22 seconds of each other, and Ski Club Vail’s women occupied three of those four places. Anne Strong lead the Ski Club charge taking the No. 2, only .12 seconds away from the winner, Team Breckenridge’s Leah Canfield. Mary Sackbauer and Taylor Rapley were right on Strong’s heels as they tied for third just .10 seconds behind Strong. Elizabeth Strong, Anne’s sister, finished the day in eighth while Celine Guilmineau took 14th.For Ski Club’s men, Sean McCormick had the top finish with sixth place while Ian Lochhead took 16th.In Sunday’s slalom, Anne Strong, Rapley, and Whitney Setterberg took control of the field and swept the women’s podium finishing first, second and third, respectively, while Elizabeth Strong took sixth.”This was an exciting race,” said coach Dan Stripp. “Taylor, Whitney and Anne were first, second and third after the first run, and, although the order of how they finished changed a little, it’s hard to stay that way and go one, two, three for the second run.”For the Ski Club men, Christoph Nederhauser, Nick Braun and Anthony Romano went one, two and three for the J2 men and finished 12th, 13th, and 17th respectively overall while Thomas Grant finished 19th.Representing the Ski Club at The NorAm finals Super G, held in Vermont at Burke Mountain on Sunday, Abby Ghent and Kaytlyn Samuelson skied their way to a great finish. Ghent stormed the track to a ninth place, second for the junior women, and Samuelson finished in third for the J2 women.”On a difficult track, Abby and Kaytlyn did really well,” said coach Nick Foster. Stripp added that this is the best Super G result Abby has ever had.