SVSEF Athletes Go Big in the Home Stretch

SVSEF freeskiers tear through the bumps in Montana

SVSEF freeskiers ventured to Snowbowl in Missoula, Montana, where they wrapped up the 2015/16 season at the “Spring til it breaks” contest. The weather was nice and warm; the bumps were soft and slushy. Leading the way for the SVSEF team was Luke Rizzo, who finished second overall in the first moguls event and second in the U15 men’s category. Esmee Verheijen was third overall for women in the moguls event on Sunday; this was her first podium. Rainey Wilson was not far behind Esmee’s fourth place finish in the April 2 moguls, landing in fifth overall in the women’s competition.
Rainey and Luke were fourth in duals, while Esmee finished fifth. In the singles run on Sunday, Esmee was third overall and Rainey was sixth; on the men’s side, Luke was fourth, Tobias Verheijen was seventh, Ben Anderson ninth, Henry Buell 14th and Chris Pedersen 15th.

Luke Rizzo cruises to second in the men’s mogul event

Top Results:
Esmee Verheijen, 3rd overall, 1st F15, moguls, April 3
Rainey Wilson, 5th overall, 2nd F15, moguls, April 2
Luke Rizzo, 2nd overall, 2nd M15, moguls, April 2
Tobias Verheijen, 7th overall, 2nd M17
Ben Anderson, 4th M15, moguls, April 2
Henry Buell, 6th M15, moguls, April 2
Chris Pedersen, 7th M15, moguls, April 2
Full results:
Moguls 1
Moguls 2
A contingent of the team went to Squaw Valley, California, for another freestyle event, which also featured moguls and duals.
By Age group: Addie Rafford- 1st F15; Katie Markthaler- 2nd F15; Eliza Marks- 4th F15;
Overall: Addie Rafford- 5th; Katie Markthaler- 8th; Eliza Marks- 11th
By age group: Wilson Dunn- 4th M17; Toby Rafford- 1st M13
Overall: Wilson Dunn- 12th; Toby Rafford- 13th
Dual Moguls:
Addie Rafford- 4th; Katie Markthaler- 6th; Eliza Marks- 9th
Wilson Dunn- 4th; Toby Rafford- 9th
Twelve SVSEF athletes have qualified for this year’s USASA Freeskiing National Championships, which are happening at Copper Mountain, Colorado, April 9-12. Skiercross, slopestyle, halfpipe and rail jam events will take place throughout the week. The SVSEF athletes who have qualified for Nationals are Alvaro Jiraldo, Will Griffith, Jed Waters, Hanna Blackwell, Trey Potter, Ridge Dirksmeier, Harper Mallet, Dylan Mills, Luke Higgins, Sam Ware, Kyle Kope and Sarah Kope. A big congratulations to all on a job well done.

Bennett Snyder leads the pack at U16 Nationals

Athletes were invited to participate at U16 Nationals, March 30 through April 2, based on their results at U16 Regional Championships. SVSEF alpine skier Bennett Snyder had an inspiring performance; with two podium finishes in the slalom and the giant slalom (he was third in both competitions), he now stands as the number one first year U16 in the nation. Lily Fitzgerald dug in deep and posted solid finishes; she was 16th in the ladies’ super G and 11th in the giant slalom. Buey Grossman nabbed 31st in the men’s slalom, 54th in the super G and 47th in the giant slalom. Alli Rathfon skied well in the giant slalom, finishing 21st.
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Haley Cutler stacks wins at Mission Ridge, Washington

The Alpine FIS Team headed west to Washington for the Western Region Elite Spring Series, which ran March 30-April 4. Haley Cutler started off strong, winning both ladies’ super G events. Skylar Cooley was 14th in the first event, Erin Smith 16th and Katelyn Rathfon 20th. On the second day of super G, Katelyn Rathfon brought the heat, finishing in eighth. Erin Smith was 12th and Skylar Cooley was 13th. Yuri McClure finished 13th and 15th in the men’s super G events; Josh Blackburn was 18th the first day, and Spencer Wright was 12th the second day. Will Snyder made the top 20 in the second super G, with a 19th place finish. Will Snyder led the SVSEF men in the slalom events, with 18th and 16th place finishes. In the men’s giant slalom, Yuri McClure clinched 17th. Haley Cutler was 19th in the ladies’ giant slalom and 13th in the slalom.
SVSEF results:
Men’s super G (1): 13- Yuri McClure; 18- John Blackburn; 22- Kristian DeWolfe; 22- Spencer Wright; 45- Walter Lafky; 46- Griffin Curtis; 50- Wyatt Smith; 52- Noah Leininger
Ladies’ super G (1): 1- Haley Cutler; 14- Skylar Cooley; 16- Erin Smith; 20- Katelyn Rathfon; 34- Sage Rheinschild; 36- Ruby Marden; 46- Abby Norton
Men’s super G (2): 12- Spencer Wright; 15- Yuri McClure; 19- Will Snyder; 33- Griffin Curtis; 51- Wyatt Smith
Ladies’ super G (2): 1- Haley Cutler; 8- Katelyn Rathfon; 12- Erin Smith; 13- Skylar Cooley; 30- Sage Rheinschild; 35- Ruby Marden; 46- Abby Norton
Men’s slalom: 18- Will Snyder; 28- Yuri McClure; 31- Griffin Curtis; 35- Spencer Wright; 40- Kristin DeWolfe; 41- John Blackburn; 42- Wyatt Smith; 45- Charlie Lamb
Ladies’ giant slalom: 19- Haley Cutler; 25- Erin Smith; 32- Skylar Cooley; 39- Sage Rheinschild; 46- Ruby Marden; 47- Abby Norton
Men’s slalom: 16- Will Snyder; 29- Charlie Lamb; 31- Spencer Wright; 33- Hayden Terjeson; 39- Walter Lafky
Men’s giant slalom: 17- Yuri McClure; 36- Spencer Wright; 46- Wyatt Smith; 50- Hayden Terjeson; 57- Noah Leininger
Ladies’ slalom: 13- Haley Cutler; 29- Ruby Marden; 38- Abby Norton
Men’s giant slalom: 19- Spencer Wright; 27- Noah Leininger; 30- Hayden Terjeson
Ladies’ giant slalom: 14- Erin Smith; 21- Ruby Marden; 23- Skylar Cooley; 26- Abby Norton
Full results:

Mini World Cup

SVSEF athletes raced in the final Mini World Cup of the season, marking the culmination of the race series. The top team for the season was USA, which consisted of Lucas Broussard, Eric Parris, Bodin Lee, Lowie Watkins and Caroline Dean. Switzerland finished in second (Max Meucci, Abel Marx, Alec Wiedemann, Lena Nelson, Scarlet Rixon and Taylor Hovey) and France in third (Jesse Keefe, Zephyr Carruth, Rylan Mann, Chloe Vogel and Ava Agnew).
For individual standings, also a culmination of races throughout the season, Max Meucci was first, Lucas Broussard second, Jesse Keefe third, Sacha Stern-Pre fourth and Eric Parris fifth for boys. Maya Lightner won overall for girls, Lowie Watkins was second, Lena Nelson third, Chloe Vogel fourth and Charlotte Davis-Jeffers fifth.