SSCV skiers earn top finishes |

SSCV skiers earn top finishes

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VAIL – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail raced slalom against Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Quantum Sports Club recently on Beaver Creek’s Bear Trap run.J5 boys showed their skills with four SSCV boys posting top-10 finishes in both races. Alex Leever won the first race by a half-second and posted a sixth place finish for the second race. Nick Santaniello came in second and third place, Scotty Houtsma finished eighth and ninth and Kevan Aubel captured seventh and 10th.The J5 girls also stacked the top 10 with an outstanding performances from Kendall Van Hee, Molly McGrew, Megan McGrew and Erika McCormick posting fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth in the first race and stepping it up to third through sixth in the second race, respectively.The J4 girls stand out was Kaytlyn Samuelson who finished second in the first race. The J4 boys were the class of the field with SSCV’s own Sean McCormick on the top podium both races, beating the field by 2.5 seconds in the first race. Thomas Walsh, the youngest in the J4 field, turned in an impressive second place finish in the second race.On Friday and Saturday, the J3s competed in a giant slalom on Beaver Creek’s Centennial as part of the USSA Smartwool Series.Kitt Flowers finished sixth and ninth, while Hunter Schleper had an eighth-place finish.Delainey Ackerman earned had two second-place finishes, while Jocelyn Irwin came in third and fifth.On Sunday, skiers competed in the an age class open slalom. Cooper Cartmill was at the top of the pack, placing fourth and fifth.The J3s and J4s will turn look to qualify for the Junior Olympics at their respective qualifiers in Winter Park, Feb. 23-26, and Crested Butte on Feb. 18-19.SSCV athletes qualify for national event In Saturday’s Vail Cup, SSCV skiers and snowboarders competed in a halfpipe and slopestyle competition on Golden Peak that was used as a qualifier for the Sports Illustrated for Kids NextSnow Search Finals.Winners were chosen based upon points from Satruday’s halfpipe and slopestyle as well as moguls and slalom events held on Jan. 7.The 8-10 year-old winners include, Sara Tyree, girls’ skier, Thomas Walsh, boys’ skier, Charlotte Adkins, girls’ snowboarder; and Patrick Baumann, boys’ snowboarder.The 11-13 year-old winners are, Kendall Deighan, girls’ skier, Tanner Coulter and Berkley Wilcox, boys’ skiers; Emma Ouimette, girls’ snowboarder; and Reeve Sanders, boys’ snowboarder.Qualifiers will compete in the finals at Killington, Vermont, March 3-5.Vail, Colorado

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