Athlete News - October 14, 2022
Mountain Bike Team
Five Steamboat Podiums at Mountain Bike Regional Championships
Steamboat High School Mountain Bike team took home five podium finishes in the fourth race in the series and regional championships on Sunday, October 9, 2022. A total of 28 SSWSC athletes competed, representing Steamboat Springs High School and Steamboat Mountain School in two separate divisions. Varsity racers included: Caleb Haack, Thomas Cooper, Aidan Haack, and Primo Famiglietti. JV racers included: Kyan Strong, Colten Casavecchia, Jace Rabesa, Thomas Miller, Abby Olson, Caroline Landers, Jesse Weaver, Madeline Rochon, and Mary McLarnon, Wren Capra. Sophomore racers included: Dietze Gibson, Ian McLarney, and Xavier Knott. Freshman racers included: Luke Bedell, Jackson Sloop, Thomas Agosta, Ryan Montgomery, Elliot Nance, Jonah Dickstein, Mason Kemp, Nate Freer, Eva Minotto, Anna Rhodes, Maddi Bullard, and Emma Crocker. All participants strongly completed their respective courses—18 miles for varsity riders and 12 miles for JV, Sophomore, and Freshman riders. The Steamboat Springs High School team placed #2 for Division Two with five podium finishes, 3rd place varsity boys-Aidan Haack, SSHS, 1st place JV girls-Mary Mclarnon, SSHS, 5th place JV girls-Jesse Weaver, SSHS, 1st place freshman girls-Eva Minotto, SSHS, and 2nd place freshman girls-Anna Rhodes, SSHS. The total results are HERE.
Steamboat Springs High School and Steamboat Mountain School teams did very well in the regional championships. Steamboat Springs High School team placed #2 for Division Two. Steamboat Mountain School team ranked #3 for Division Three. For the overall season, 3rd place varsity boys-Aidan Haack, SSHS, 5th place varsity boys-Caleb Haack, SSHS, 1st place JV girls-Mary Mclarnon, SSHS, 5th place JV girls-Abby Olson, SMS, 1st place freshman girls-Eva Minotto, SSHS, 2nd place freshman girls-Anna Rhodes, SSHS, and 4th place freshman boys-Ryan Montgomery, SSHS. See total team results HERE. 23 Steamboat athletes have qualified for the state championship race in Glenwood Springs. The State Championships will take place October 22-23 at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus near Glenwood Springs.
Alpine Athlete Laiken Roth brings home podium finish at Chilean National Championships
Four alpine ski athletes traveled last month to Corralco, Chile, for the South American Cup Series and the Chilean National Championships, Jonah Fleischer, Aksel Kitt, Laiken Roth, and Roman Elvidge. The trip was focused on speed training, primarily downhill. The athletes skied 800m (2500 feet per one run) of vertical in the downhill training and super g training sessions. They also had the opportunity to train with the Austrian Men’s Europa Cup Speed Team, the Andorran Jr. National Team, and a club from Trysil, Norway. Athletes participated in technical and speed events, slalom, giant slalom, downhill, and super g. The team raced in three downhill races, one super g race, one giant slalom, one alpine combined (super g and slalom), and one slalom. Laiken Roth had outstanding performances with a 2nd place podium finish in the alpine combined and a 6th place in the super g. Afternoons included soccer games with the Chilean and Argentine athletes and lots of homework, ski tuning, video, and an occasional nap. Coach Chad Fleischer was excited about taking these athletes down for the trip. “I have heard about Corralco for years from Johno McBride (former Men’s Downhill Head Coach for the U.S. Ski Team), and because of the pandemic, it was not an option to travel to Chile. This year we decided to see what it had to offer, and there is no doubt it lived up to the hype.”
Cross Country Athlete Trey Jones attends National Training Group Camp in Utah
Cross country skier Trey Jones attended the National Training Group (NTG) camp this past week, qualifying based on two 2nd place finishes at the U.S. Cross Country Ski National Championships in January. Trey also qualified for the Cross Country U18 Nordic Nations Championships last winter, but the U.S. Ski Team canceled the trip due to Covid.
The NTG dryland camp in Park City, UT, includes athletes from age 16 through the senior/elite ranks allowing Trey to train with top members of the U.S. Ski Team, including Jessie Diggins. SSWSC alumni Wally Magill was also invited to the camp but turned it down in favor of attending class at Dartmouth College, where he skis at the NCAA level. Other SSWSC alums taking part in the camp included Finn O’Connell, Noel Keeffe, and Simon Zink. The end of the week culminates with two rollerski races at Soldier Hollow—the 2002 Olympic venue. The races are unique because they use “matched” rollerskis, meaning everyone is on the same brand of skis with the same wheels. This type of racing is perhaps fairer than actual ski racing and is commonplace in Europe and New England. Four members of the current SSWSC cross country will travel this weekend to participate in the rollerski races along with Trey Jones, including Henry Magill, Charley Lodwick, and Tristan Thrasher. Trey also participated in these same races last fall. Congratulations to Trey, and good luck to the team this weekend.