Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Riders at USASA nationals, alpine at Mission Ridge

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation snowboarder Ryan Roemer ended the USASA National Championships in Colorado on a high note last week—earning the overall national title in the Men's Open class.

According to the SVSEF Web site, the 16-year-old Roemer competed well in all five national events—boardercross (18th place), slalom (21st), giant slalom (19th), halfpipe (19th) and slopestyle (56th).

SVSEF Snowboard Director Andy Gilbert said, "Ryan won the overall championship in his age class last year, but the Open class is a whole other level. He took a really bad fall in the halfpipe and I am surprised that he came back from that. He was really tough."

The snowboard team competed in the USASA nationals at Copper Mt. Monday, April 1 through Thursday, April 5. Other highlights included:

Chase Josey, 17, claimed the bronze in Men's Open slopestyle. Other Open Class competitors were Josie Bunce (9th slopestyle, 19th halfpipe) and Ali Appleton (16th in halfpipe).

Younger riders also posted promising results.

Clara Jenner, 11, was silver medalist in Menehune (10-11) boardercross, fourth in slopestyle and fifth halfpipe. Fellow Menehune Payton Bacca claimed sixth in slopestyle and boardercross. Menehune boy Elk Spencer finished 30th in halfpipe and 47th in slopestyle.

Cora Schneider had a terrific week with two top-10 performances in her first season in the competitive Breaker Girls (12-13) class. Schneider grabbed fifth in halfpipe and eighth in slopestyle.

SVSEF captured its second silver medal of the national championships April 3, when Dash Stethem was runner-up in Men's Jams (18-22) halfpipe.


Spring Series at Mission Ridge

Podium finishes in the J2 (ages 15-16) class by Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Kipling Weisel, 17, and KJ Savaria, 16, were highlights for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers during Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series races at Mission Ridge in Washington State.

Weisel won the J2 class and placed 28th overall of 71 finishers in men's super giant slalom Saturday, 3.56 seconds behind 21-year-old U.S. Ski Team racer Brennan Rubie of Snowbird, Utah. Savaria was the third J2, in 25th of 42 finishers in Sunday's men's slalom.

Ketchum's Miles Fink-Debray, 24, was the men's SG winner Sunday by a slim .02 seconds over Rubie. In Saturday's SG won by Rubie, Fink-Debray finished second overall. There were 150 male and female racers in the field for the weeklong race series.

Top Sun Valley class placings at Mission Ridge prior to men's giant slalom and women's slalom that wrapped up the series April 10-11:

J1 (ages 17-18): Teagen Palmer 7-SG and 15-SG (20th and 24th overall), 11-GS and 6-GS (20th and 12th overall);

Harlan Collins 10-SG and 7-SG (16th and 9th overall), 14-SL and 14-SL (28th and 24th overall); Tanner Farrow 5-SG and 10-SG (8th and 14th overall) and 11-SL (19th overall); and Miles Sweek 22-SG and 23-SG (32nd and 28th overall) and 6-SL (12th overall).

J2 (15-16): Kipling Weisel 1-SG and 4-SG (28th and 42nd overall) and 5-SL (29th overall); KJ Savaria 4-SG and 5-SG (33rd and 46th overall) and 3-SL (25th overall); Ben Kanellitsas 7-SG and 11-SG (42nd and 51st overall) and 5-SL (34th overall); Tanner Josey 14-SG and 15-SG (60th and 69th overall) and 6-SL (36th overall); and William Harder 18-SG (76th overall), 9-SL and 10-SL (40th and 50th overall).

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