Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The week of the Podium!

First, I realized that I forgot to update the status of Emma and Linley as far as J2 Nationals qualification.  They are in!!  We will be sending 3 girls to compete at Mammoth.  They leave on Saturday for 10 days of training and racing with the best J2's in the USA!

We had a solid week of training and racing.  Some athletes competed in 3 races in 4 days, starting at Suicide 6 on Thursday, Pico on Saturday, and Killington on Sunday (Sugarbush attempted to host a GS Sunday but canceled due to too much snow).  We had some great results throughout the team and managed to collect some serious hardware as well!

VC SL at Suicide 6, 2/23

We had some great skiing at Suicide 6 for a midweek VC SL.  We had 7 girls finish in the top 15 and all of our girls finished in the top 24!  We had Hayley on the Overall Podium and Sophie on the J2 Podium and after a mistake first run, Court came down and won the second run!

Hayley Armbruster - 3rd
Lucy Merriam - 4th
Sophie Leiter - 6th (3rd for J2's)
Courtney Hayden - 7th (won 2nd run!)
Sarah Reilly - 8th
Kelsey Higgins - 10th
Issy James - 14th
Colleen Cataldo - 19th
Caroline Armbruster - 24th

Sophie on the J2 Podium

Hayley on the Overall Podium

VC SL at Pico, 2/25

The Pico VC SL was another great day for the MMSC girls.  We are starting to see some consistent, quality skiing in the races as we roll into March.  Kelsey took home the victory by well over a second and Denali finished in 3rd overall.  Emma made it onto the J2 Podium in 3rd and we had a large group of girls finish in the top 30!

Kelsey Chenoweth - 1st
Denali Balser - 3rd
Emma Sahn - 5th (3rd for J2's)
Lucy Merriam - 12th
Linley Shaw - 13th
Kelsey Higgins - 16th
Sophie Leiter - 17th
Issy James - 25th
Molly Danzig - 27th
Neza Stefanic - 29th
Sarah Reilly - 31st
Bess Teague - 36th
Caroline Armbruster - 40th
Sam Dyar - 49th
Jamie Johnson - 63rd

Emma and Kelsey on the J2 Podium

Denali and Kelsey on the Overall Podium

Denali's new look...

FIS Open SL at Killington, 2/26

We had some great 1st runs by most of the girls and some issues second run.  However, we also had some great results by a good portion of our girls as well.  Kelsey tied for the victory, her first FIS win!  Emma was again on the J2 Podium, and Lucy Merriam started 58th and finished 14th after a 6th place 2nd run!

Kelsey Chenoweth - Tied for 1st
Emma Sahn - 7th (2nd for J2's)
Lucy Merriam - 14th
Sloane Ross - 16th
Sarah Reilly - 27th
Issy James - 30th
Molly Danzig - 47th
Neza Stefanic - 49th

Kelsey and Emma on the J2 Podium

Kelsey on the Overall Podium

On Monday, the coaches headed up to Main St. to do some repair work on the fence after the 30+ inches of snow over the weekend.  The trail looked amazing and you would not believe how wide it is from Crosscut 2 to Crosscut 3.  In the picture below, you will see a few bamboo in the snow...that is where the fence line usually is before Crosscut 3...look at how faraway the fence is!

Dougie feeling good after a solid day of fencing!

Today, the girls were able to let loose and ski powder all morning which was perhaps the best mental training we could ask for.  There is nothing better than being able to head out on the mountain after a fresh 6+ inches and have fun!  The coaches we fixing the fence in between powder runs, but we definitely go our turns in today!

We are hosting 2 Women's Eastern Cup GS races this week...or at least we are hoping to host them.  The forecast is calling for another 12 inches of snow Wednesday night into Thursday.  Some are expecting another 2 feet at the mountain!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Not giving up on once a week...

As you may have noticed, my once a week blogging goal has not been attained...yet.  I plan to start fresh today, and get back to once a week!  We have been quite busy as you all know with training and racing.  We have had athletes racing all over the state at different level races and we have had some great results across the board!  We have had a number of our athletes improving their point profile which shows the hard work they have been putting in.  I apologize if I missed anyone in the reporting of results, there were a lot of names to comb through!

VC SL at Suicide 6, January 28th
Sloane Ross - 6th
Hayley Armbruster - 7th
Kelsey Higgins - 9th
Denali Balser - 11th
Neza Stefanic - 21st
Molly Danzig - 30th

VC GS at Killington, January 29th
Sloane Ross - 4th
Linley Shaw - 8th
Hayley Armbruster - 11th
Sarah Reilly - 23rd
Neza Stefanic - 31st
Molly Danzig - 35th
Sophie Leiter - 44th

EC SL at Cranmore, January 29th
Kelsey Higgins - 38th
Issy James - 39th

VC SL at Bromley, February 4th
Lucy Merriam - 9th
Neza Stefanic - 18th
Molly Danzig - 19th
Sophie Leiter - 21st
Sarah Reilly - 24th
Colleen Cataldo - 37th
Jamie Johnson - 38th

VC SL at Pico, February 5th
Lucy Merriam - 4th
Neza Stefanic - 7th
Molly Danzig - 9th
Sarah Reilly - 19th
Jamie Johnson - 36th
Colleen Cataldo - 40th

EC SL at Middlebury, February 5th
Hayley Armbruster - 48th
Sloane Ross - 50th
Kelsey Higgins - 58th
Issy James - 61st
Denali Balser 69th

NJR GS at Sunapee, February 9th
Kelsey Chenoweth - 24th
Sloane Ross - 52nd
Emma Sahn - 59th
Hayley Armbruster - 62nd
Denali Balser - 63rd
Kelsey Higgins - 70th
Issy James - 79th
Bess Teague - 84th

NJR GS at Sunapee, February 10th
Kelsey Chenoweth - 33rd
Sloane Ross - 36th
Courtney Hayden - 48th
Linley Shaw - 49th
Denali Balser - 51st
Emma Sahn - 61st
Hayley Armbruster - 66th
Kelsey Higgins - 71st
Issy James - 76th
Bess Teague - 77th

VT State Championship SL at Okemo, Feburary 11th
Sarah Reilly - 11th
Lucy Merriam - 13th
Hayley Armbruster - 14th
Neza Stefanic - 17th
Molly Danzig - 19th
Sam Dyar - 37th

After dinner, we were able to catch a pretty sweet fireworks show!

VT State Championship GS at Okemo, February 12th
I must preface these results by letting you know that February 12th was "The day MMWA became ill!"  We were prepared to race the State Championship GS and but managed to lose a majority of our girls (along with Dougie and Michael) to the nasty stomach bug!  Those that managed to stay healthy and raced...
Sarah Reilly - 9th
Molly Danzig - 24th
Sam Dyar - 31st

NJR SL at Proctor, February 16th
Kelsey Chenoweth - 5th (3rd for J2's)
Denali Balser - 16th
Emma Sahn - 17th
Linley Shaw - 28th
Courtney Hayden - 32nd
Hayley Armbruster - 39th
Kelsey Higgins - 65th
Sophie Leiter - 69th
Issy James - 70th
Bess Teague - 83rd
Lucy Merriam - 87th
Neza Stefanic - 92nd
Sarah Reilly - 93rd
Molly Danzig - 107th
J2 Podium
NJR SL at Proctor, February 17th
Kelsey Chenoweth - 4th (3rd for J2's)
Emma Sahn - 25th
Linley Shaw - 33rd
Hayley Armbruster - 36th
Kelsey Higgins - 59th
Bess Teague - 76th
Sophie Leiter - 77th
Sarah Reilly - 81st
Molly Danzig - 88th
J2 Podium
After the second day at Proctor, they announced the Eastern Team to J2 Nationals at Mammoth in March.  To select the team, they scored each NJR race for J2's using World Cup Points.  They then use the athletes best 3 results from the series; 1SG, 1DH, 2GS, 2SL.  From that list, they select the top 15 girls to represent the East.  Kelsey Chenoweth was the 3rd ranked athlete on the list which means she will be headed to J2 Nationals!  Emma Sahn (1st alternate) and Linley Shaw (4th alternate) still have a shot of getting in to the event and we should know very soon.  To have 3 girls (4 with Alita) be ranked in the top 20 J2's in the East is incredible, great job girls!
J2 Eastern Team with alternates to J2 Nationals

As I mentioned before, we have had athletes improving their point profiles throughout the last month and a half but I must mention our biggest point improvement in one list thus far...Molly Danzig has dropped her SL points by over 43 points in the last month, bravo Molly!

We are less than two weeks away from the crazy month of March and it is shaping up to be a great one!