After a long competition season, the Team Summit snowboard squad wrapped up its season with a bang.
United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) held its national championship at Copper Mountain earlier this month with over 1,700 athletes from around North America attending. Team Summit received several invites for riders to represent the Rocky Mountain series in every discipline. The team had roughly 16 athletes in all the different events and all different age groups (6-28).
Many of the riders who came to nationals qualified through boarder cross, and of those athletes, the majority were ladies. Earlier in the week, the team got a little extra training on the course. The athletes worked on their starts and course lines, and their coach felt great about the extra time on the course.
"On race day, it paid off for youth rider Lindsea Lumpkin. She had the fastest time trial of the day and dominated the heat races," said head coach Sasha Nations. "On the final race, she got the hole shot and then with a few corners and wrecks, she crossed the finish third. That was one of the best races of the day."
Seven-and-under athlete Jace Guadagnoli, being one of the younger competitors at nationals, had a very busy week. He qualified for three different events: slopestyle, boarder cross and halfpipe.
"This was (Guadagnoli's) first year with Team Summit, and it was his very first year competing. His goal was to learn about competing, and he wanted to figure out what would become his favorite snowboard discipline. Jace learned a lot this year - from riding with his new friends to qualifying for nationals, and he is stoked to come back and shred with the team next year," Nations said.
Guadagnoli had great finishes throughout the week, such as a top-eight at boarder cross. He dominated the course all day, but when the semifinal rounds came up, he had a rough start - but didn't give up, Nations said.
Owen Pishna, also a first-time competitor at USASA Nationals, showed up to represent the team in the halfpipe.
"Being Pishna's first official year, he was very excited to make it to nationals," Nations said. "He did not make the podium this year; however, he did accomplish his personal goal of getting to nationals."
Over at the slope course, things were exciting: The course was big; the features were creative, and the riders were too.
Cooper Sclar showed up with a bag of rail tricks and some smooth-style airs, landing him a top-20 finish for junior men. The final day of snowboard nationals again took place at the slope course, where Brett Moody competed well.
"(Moody), just getting back from Junior Worlds, was still in full comp mode," Nationas said. "In his first run, he threw down and landed in the finals, along with 12 other riders. The men got two runs for finals, but Brett didn't to worry about a second. He rode to a top-five finish in his first lap through - and left nationals with a little extra coin in his pocket."
The team will continue training throughout the summer. Visit www.teamsummit.org for skate camps and snowboard camps throughout the summer.