Week in Review: April 4
PARK & PIPE
SVSEF’s Payton Bacca made a stop at Ski Cooper for the Hole Shot Rev Tour before heading to Copper for USASA Nationals. In the snowboardcross events on March 28 and 29, she finished 24th and 25th overall.
The culmination of the snowboard and freeski seasons comes in the form of USASA Nationals, held this year at Copper in Colorado. The snowboard events began March 31, and wrap up April 6. Skiing picks up, and events run April 7-11. SVSEF has nine snowboard and nine freeski athletes competing.
In the boardercross on April 1, Payton Bacca finished 21st in the women’s open class of 31 athletes. In the halfpipe on the same day, Nico Lerner took fifth for snowboard grommet (8-9) boys. Julian Gluck was ninth overall in a large field of 60 competitors in the snowboard junior (16-17) men’s slopestyle. Jack Verhaeghe also had a strong result in the breaker (12-13) boys giant slalom, finishing 19th in a field of 59 athletes.
SVSEF athletes competed in halfpipe, slopestyle and slalom events on April 2. Madison Hothem was 11th for snowboard breaker (12-13) girls in the halfpipe, and Channing Curci was 12th for snowboard youth (14-15). Nico Lerner was fourth for grommet (8-9) boys for slopestyle, and Jack Verhaeghe was 14th for breaker (12-13) boys in the slalom.
In April 3 events, Nico Lerner led the way for SVSEF, landing on the podium in second place for snowboard grommet (8-9) boys in the giant slalom. Madison Hothem came in 21st for breaker girls in slopestyle, Channing Curci finished 14th for youth (14-15) girls, Jack Verhaeghe was 12th for snowboard breaker boys in boardercross and Caleb Hothem had a great day, finishing sixth in a field of 70 competitors for snowboard menehune (10-11) boys in boardercross.
On April fourth, Nico Lerner again took silver, this time in the grommet (8-9) boys slalom. Jack Verhaeghe was 17th out of 92 12-13 year old boys in slopestyle, Sebastian Lerner was 24th out of 75 10-11 year old boys in the same discipline, and teammate Caleb Hothem was 32nd in the same 10-11 age group. Madison Hothem had a solid result, coming in eighth in the breaker (12-13) girls boardercross. Zoe Bacca did as well, riding to fifth for snowboard youth (14-15) girls in boardercross, and Channing Curci was 31st.
Alpine Junior Championships
SVSEF FIS skier Alli Rathfon had a great first day at Alpine Junior Championships, finishing eighth in the nation in the super G. Read the full recap of three days of racing and festivities, hosted by SVSEF, here.
Western Region Spring Series
Fresh off of Junior Championships, FIS athletes jetted to Mammoth for Western Region Spring Series. Lily Fitzgerald started the series off right, stepping onto the slalom podium in third behind AJ Hurt and Keely Cashman. Erin Smith had a good race, as well, finishing seventh, and Madison Ferris was 13th. Bennett Snyder (4th), John Blackburn (5th) and Spencer Wright (7th) all made the men’s top 10 in the slalom. Hayden Terjeson was 14th, Max Noddings 18th and Jake Blackburn 21st.
In the second slalom, Lily Fitzgerald and Erin Smith went eight and 10, Skylar Cooley was 14th, and Elizabeth Vanderkloot 23rd. SVSEF went 5-6-7 with Spencer Wright in fifth, Bennett Snyder sixth and Hayden Terjeson seventh. Jake Blackburn was 10th, making the count four out of the top 10 skiers.
In the April 4th giant slalom, Lily Fitzgerald was just out of medal contention in fourth. Alli Rathfon skied to eighth, Erin Smith to ninth, Madison Ferris to 12th and Skylar Cooley to 24th. For men, John Blackburn podiumed in second and Jack Smith was fourth. Hayden Terjeson finished eighth, Jake Blackburn 14th, Bennett Snyder 16th, Max Noddings 23rd and Spencer Wright 40th.
U16 National Championships
Competition for U16 Nationals opened up with the super G at Mission Ridge. Ryder Sarchett led SVSEF men in 19th, followed by Charlier Snyder in 20th, Finn Mallinen in 29th, Ridley Lindstrom in 37th and Buey Grossman in 40th.
Ryder Sarchett dominated the next two days, winning both the giant slalom and the slalom. Buey Grossman was 10th in the giant slalom, Ridley Lindstrom 23rd and Charlie Snyder 28th. SVSEF put three men in the top 10 in the slalom the next day, with Ryder in first, Buey Grossman skiing to fifth and Ridley Lindstrom to eighth. Charlie Snyder was 17th in the same race.
In the dual slalom, the final event, Ridley Lindstrom placed 28th, Buey Grossman 30th, Ryder Sarchett 32nd, Charlie Snyder 34th and Finn Mallinen 46th.
For women, Marit Kaiser tied for 38th in the super G, finished 29th in the slalom, 19th in the giant slalom and 40th in the dual slalom.