Friday, March 12, 2010

Alpine skiers wrap up at Schweitzer, Sugarloaf

Major events in March

At two hills, nearly a continent away, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers wrapped up a week of racing in prestigious events.

Four SVSEF skiers were at Sugarloaf, Me. for the J2 (ages 15-16) National Championships highlighted by Tanner Farrow's bronze medal in the March 3 slalom.

Miles Sweek, 17, finished his week with a seventh place of 66 finishers in Tuesday's National Junior Championship downhill—after taking third in Monday's FIS downhill at the same site. Sweek was 2.43 seconds back of SG king and GS bronze medalist Scott Snow, 16.

SVSEF National J2 placings:

Tanner Farrow, 16, 4-GS, 36-SG, 3-SL, 31-DH; Miles Sweek, 17, DNF-GS, 23-SG, 17-SL, 7-DH; Teagen Palmer, 15, 16-GS, 35-SG, 20-SL, 35-DH; and Nicole Roos, 16, DNF-GS, 46-SG, 29-SL, 39-DH.

Wrapping up Wednesday were the Western Region Championships in northern Idaho at Schweitzer Mountain. There were 106 men and 80 women in the slalom finale. Here are race placings for the nine SVSEF entrants:

Amanda Stelling, 16, 15-SL, 10-GS, 9-GS, 38-SG, 14-SG; Nina Hirner, 17, 13-SL, 26-GS, 33-GS, 44-SG, 48-SG; and Cate Fairley, 15, 40-SL, 57-GS, 51-GS, 68-SG, 42-SG.

Harlan Collins, 16, 18-SL, 24-SL, 41-GS, 35-GS, 52-SG, 35-SG; Bergen Palmer, 17, DNF-SL, 13-SL, 20-GS, 17-GS, DNF-SG, 16-SG; Willie Adicoff, 18, 37-SL, 39-SL, 34-GS, DNF-GS, 56-SG, 32-SG; Tanner Dirstine, 16, 39-SL, 49-SL, 39-GS, 25-GS, 62-SG, 57-SG; Connor Farrow, 15, DNF-SL, 51-SL, 50-GS, 65-GS, 60-SG, 49-SG; and Ryan Foster, 17, DNF-SL, DSQ-SL, 68-GS, 52-GS, 80-SG, 67-SG.

Eight make J3 Olympics

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will be represented by eight athletes at the USSA Alpine Junior Olympics at Mount Bachelor, Oregon, March 18-21.

Based on their results at Junior Olympic qualifying races, KJ Savaria, Kipling Weisel, Ben Kanellitsas, Cole Caulkins, Will Harder, Taylor Adler, Marlow Mizer, and Jordan Fitzgerald earned the right to compete at the J3 JOs. The series features the best 13-14-year-old skiers in the Western United States in super G, giant slalom and slalom races.

Coach Scott McGrew said, "I have some kids who could do phenomenally well and have high expectations for this group."

McGrew said at the conclusion of the Junior Olympic event, a Western states team will be named, consisting of four boys and four girls, that will compete in an international championship series at Whistler, B.C., in April.

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