Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Freestylers wrap up nationals at Deer Valley

Schwartz, Hanscom climb the podium

     Olympians Patrick Deneen, 26, of Cle Elum, Wash. and Eliza Outtrim, 28, of Hamden, Ct. put down solid runs to claim men’s and women’s U.S. titles at Friday’s moguls contest.

     It was the opening event of the USANA Health Sciences U.S. Freestyle Ski Championships at Deer Valley, Utah.

     Fresh snow and plenty of sunshine on the 2002 Olympic venue Champion created a spectacular round of finals that saw both veterans and rookies land on the podium.

     It was the second-career U.S. title for Deneen, who took the dual moguls title in 2013 at Heavenly, Ca. It was Outtrim’s second-career U.S. title after her dual moguls title at Stratton Mountain, Vt. in 2011.

     Outtrim was joined on the moguls podium by U.S. Ski Team rookie and former Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freestyle competitor Sophia Schwartz, 23, of Steamboat Springs, Co.

     Schwartz captured second place of the 43 racers on the 250-meter, 29% gradient course. Schwartz was fourth in moguls at last year’s nationals.

     In the March 28 men’s moguls national competition, former SVSEF racer Austin Bourret, 22, of the Park City (Utah) Freestyle team placed 18th of 62 racers while Jack Rizzo was 42nd, Zac Maricich-Siele 52nd and Wilson Dunn 56th. For the women, Renee Shapiro placed 23rd and Alysha Herich 34th.

     Park City Freestyle’s Nic Hanscom, 30, another former SVSEF racer, racked up his best-ever career dual moguls finish with a second-place podium result in Sunday’s national dual moguls final won by U.S. Olympian Bradley Wilson, 21, of Butte, Mt.

     Hanscom’s career in International Ski Federation races dates back to 2001, and he last won in moguls at Winter Park, Co. seven years ago. Bourret placed 11th of 60 dual moguls racers, Maricich-Siele 34th, and Dunn and Rizzo 42nd.

     Outtrim also raced through heavy snow Sunday to pin down dual moguls title at Deer Valley. Schwartz, last year’s dual moguls national queen at Heavenly, settled for second this year. It was her second silver medal of the season-ending nationals weekend.

     Morgan Shaver made the Round of 32 and finished 19th in duals, and Alysha Herich was 33rd.

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