Friday, March 16, 2012

Personal bests at U.S. Freestyle Junior Nationals


The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freestyle team earned several personal bests at the U.S. Freestyle Jr. National Championships at Steamboat Springs, Colo., last week.

"This event is loaded with the best freestyle skiers in country—many of them are 17-18 years old," said Andy Ware, SVSEF Freestyle program director. "Our team is young, and to just qualify for this event is a major achievement. Although our athletes were shut out of the finals, they put forth their best efforts and many earned personal bests at this event."

Morgan Shaver led all SV women, finishing 27th, 12th F2 just 1 point away from making it into the finals in moguls, and made it to the second round in dual moguls.

Renee Shapiro bounced back from a season-ending knee injury in 2011 to finish 37th overall and 11th F3 in moguls and 12th overall, fourth F3 in halfpipe.

"I didn't expect Renee to even be competing this season," Ware said. "Her determination to not only compete but make it to Junior Nationals is what fueled her season."

Alysha Herich came on strong in the last month to qualify for Junior Nationals and finished 52nd overall in moguls and skied her way into the second round of the dual mogul competition. Claire Siderman finished 42nd, 14th F3 in moguls.

Zach Maricich-Siele made into the second round of the men's dual moguls. R.J. Bracken went full throttle in both men's moguls and dual moguls but could not complete his runs. Wyatt Wilson lost in the first round of the dual moguls.

Head mogul coach Joey Cordeau will travel with Claire Siderman, Morgan Shaver, R.J. Bracken, Wyatt Wilson and Timothy Gould to the U.S. Freestyle National Championships, March 20-26 at Stratton Mountain, Vt. SVSEF Gold Team member and U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athlete Shane Cordeau will also be competing.




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