Announcing U-14 and U-16 Junior Nationals qualifiers with Team Summit, Team Breck and Loveland Ski Club
U-14 PRATER CUP IN CRESTED BUTTE — FEB. 18-21
Dozens of U-14 athletes from across the state met in Crested Butte from Feb. 18-21 for the Prater Cup, a qualifier for the U-14 Junior Championships in Winter Park from March 15-19.
Loveland Ski Club had an impressive showing at the Prater Cup, with all four Alpine Race Academy skiers qualifying for the Championships. Between U-14s and U-16s, the club’s academy qualified seven of eight athletes this season, according to the club.
All U-14 athletes have a final chance to qualify at the Council Cup, held March 3-5 at Ski Cooper.
Loveland Ski Club U-14 Nationals qualifiers
Dasha Romanov (first seed)
Pete Dohr (second seed)
Team Breck U-14 Nationals qualifier
U-14 girl’s super-G, overall
1. Kendahl Roufa, Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club — 1:21.04
2. Dasha Romanov, Loveland Ski Club — 1.21.08
3. Nicola Roundtree-Williams, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 1:21.20
U-14 boy’s giant slalom, overall (AM full course)
1. Tucker Sheldrake, Sunlight Winter Sports Club — 1:11.57
2. Jack Reich, Team Summit — 1:12.67
3. Peter Dohr, Loveland — 1:12.69
U-14 girl’s giant slalom, overall (PM sprint)
1. Stella Johansson, Aspen Valley Ski Club — 29.60
2. Dasha Romanov, Loveland Ski Club — 30.28
3. Allyson Cornelius, Aspen Valley Ski Club — 30.41
U-14 girl’s slalom, overall (AM)
1. Nicola Rountree-Williams, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail — 45.43
2. Kendahl Roufa, Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club — 45.51
3. Dasha Romanov, Loveland Ski Club — 45.54
BRECKENRIDGE MOGUL OPEN — FEB. 13-15
Youth athletes from across the region met in Breckenridge from Feb. 13-15 for the annual Breckenridge Mogul Open on Peerless.
On day one, Team Summit’s Tori Ware and Antonia Hardy finished second and third, respectively, in the F-17 female division (15 and 16 years old), while teammate Tanner Murphy took second in the M-17 men’s field.
Day two saw Hardy take third again in the F-17 division, with Ware ending the day at 11th overall. On the men’s side, Murphy charged to a third-place finish for the M-17 men, while his teammate, Chase Allen, took first place for the M-15 boys (13 and 14 years old).
The Open ended with head-to-head racing for dual moguls. Team Summit performed well again, as Ware and Hardy placed third and fourth overall, respectively, with Murphy barely missing the podium to take fifth overall for the men.
“Many of our team had their best runs and best finishes of the season,” coach Cooper Taymore said. “Everyone is getting better as the season progresses.” — PETER ALEXANDER
U-16 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIER IN LOVELAND — FEB. 11-14
After four days of slalom and giant slalom at Loveland Ski Area, Team Breckenridge Sports Club and Team Summit Colorado qualified four U-16 athletes for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Rocky Mountain and Central Division U-16 Junior Championships, held in Vail from March 12-17. The Championships are the highest level of alpine racing for skiers of this age in this region.
“The courses held up very well,” coach Troy Watts said after the races. He explained how Loveland has one of the firmest snow surfaces in the Rocky Mountain racing circuit, which required pinpoint tuning for every athlete.
“Right now, the Rocky Mountain Division of USSA has some of the best junior racers in the country and the Summit County athletes performed at an exceptional level when it mattered, which is all a coach can ask for,” Watts said. — PETER ALEXANDER
Team Breck U-16 Nationals qualifiers
Team Summit’s U-16 Nationals qualifier
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