Team Summit sends 28 snowboarders to 2016 USASA National Championships in Copper April 2-12
USASA National Championships schedule
The following dates are for open divisions only (18 years and old), but athletes in all divisions will be competing on all courses during the week. For a complete schedule, see the National Championships tab at http://www.usasa.org. All events are free and open to public spectators.
Snowboard — April 3-7
April 3 — Open boardercross, men and women
April 4 — Open giant slalom, men and women
April 5 — Open slalom, men and women
April 6 — Open halfpipe, men and women
April 6 — Open rail jam, men and women
April 7 — Open slopestyle, men and women
April 8 — Weather day, all divisions
Freeskiing — April 9-12
April 9 — Training, all divisions
April 10 — Open skiercross, men and women
April 11 — Open slopestyle, men and women
April 12 — Open halfpipe, men and women
April 13 — Weather day, all divisions
Team Summit athletes at Nationals
SS: Slopestyle HP: Halfpipe BX: Boardercross GS: Giant slalom SL: Slalom RJ: Rail Jam
Jadyn Dalrymple — BX SS HP
Jacob Knight — BX SS HP GS SL RJ
Corrine Attanasio — SS HP
Alyssa Moroco — SS HP RJ
Henry Macomber — SS
Karis Stang— SS HP
Alina Cospolich — SS HP
Vallen Thorpe — SS HP
Bodie Heflin — SS BX
Teddy Brown — HP
Kayleigh Carew — HP
Emmalee Chastain — BX
Ellie Weiler — SS HP BX RJ
Trip Larwood — SS HP GS SL
Gabe Dalrymple — BX
Aurora Marruffo — SS RJ
Rachel Defelice — SS HP
Jose Brown — BX
Gannon Heisler — HP
Brennan Moroco — RJ
Maxwell Zines — HP
JR Burdick — BX
Tyler Swanker (TSwanks) — SS
Dax Braner — BX
Isaac Dalrymple — BX
Blake Moller — HP
Nyah Attanasio — HP
Michael Mawn — HP
Every spring for nearly 10 years, just like clockwork, hundreds of snowboarders and their families take over Copper Mountain Resort for the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association National Championships. Riders come from all over North America to compete in slopestyle, halfpipe, boardercross, slalom and giant slalom for nearly two weeks from April 1-12. After training, the competition schedule kicks off with snowboarding from April 3-7, followed by freeskiing from April 8-12.
This year, Team Summit Colorado is sending its largest group of snowboarders yet, with 28 youth athletes ready to compete against the rest of the nation’s best beginning on Sunday.
“This is an exciting time at Team Summit Colorado as our snowboarding program is growing rapidly, and we are able to have so many kids qualify for Nationals,” said Matt Goegtle, Team Summit head snowboard coach. “It shows that hard work and dedication, along with our great coaching staff, has really paid off this year. I’m stoked for these athletes.”
The road to Nationals
USASA is a national organization that is broken up into five regions and then into series events throughout the U.S. Team Summit athletes compete in the Rocky Mountain series, which is the largest series in all of USASA.
Qualifying for nationals through this large series is not an easy task. Every series winner get an invite to nationals regardless of how many kids compete, and the Rocky Mountain Series is loaded with talented athletes. Steamboat, Winter Park and Vail all call the Rocky Mountain Series home, while Aspen and Telluride clubs compete in their own series. Riders can also qualify through national rankings and not your series. No matter how these kids earned their invite to compete, though, it took a lot of hard work and training.
Ruggies on the slopes
April 2 is an official training day for ski and snowboard athletes in all divisions. Each age group has an allotted time to practice each discipline, which is typically 45 minutes. In that time, the athletes get familiar with each course to prepare for a full week of competition.
Team Summit athlete Jacob Knight is in the youngest age group,”Ruggies” (7 and younger), and will use his Saturday training time wisely as he is the only Team Summit rider competing in all five events, plus the bonus rail jam that was added a few years back. This means Jacob needs practice on both slalom courses, the slope course, in the halfpipe and on the boardercross course Saturday before competition kicks off on Saturday.
“Jacob loves to ride — that’s all he wants to do,” Voegtle said. “He is going for the overall win this year and he has a great shot at getting it.”
The big wins
Older athletes — Blake Moller, Michael Mawn and Nyah Attanasio — are looking forward to competing at Copper in April yet again.
Moller, who qualified for the Junior Worlds this year for halfpipe, will be competing in his ninth USASA Nationals after finishing second in halfpipe in 2015.
Mawn will be competing in his second Nationals, where last year he earned a fifth-place in halfpipe. Attanasio, also competing in his second nationals, landed in 10th last year.
After a season of competing outside of Colorado for the Revolution Tour — the freestyle pipeline program for U.S. Snowboarding — this trio, coached by Team Summit Colorado coach Tommie Bennett, is looking forward to being at home.
The “Menehune” boys (10-11 years old) will be putting on a good show, with Vallen Thorpe, Karis Stang and Bodie Heflin in slopestyle. Henry Macomber, Teddy Brown, Trip Larwood, Gabe Dalrymple, Jose Brown, Gannon Heisler, Brennan Moroco, Maxwell Zines, JR Burdick, Tyler Swanker, Dax Braner and Isaac Dalrymple have also qualified in multiple events.
Team Summit is bringing girl power to Nationals this year as well. Kayleigh Carew and Rachel Defelice will be flying through the air in youth women halfpipe, and Ellie Weiler and Jadyn Dalrymple will battle it out in boardercross right before (or after) they hit some big jumps and rails in the slopestyle competition. Rounding out the girl’s field are Corrine Attanasio, Alyssa Moroco, Alina Cospolich, Emmalee Chastain and Aurora Marruffo, all in multiple events.
“These 28 athletes have had some terrific finishes throughout the year and Team Summit Colorado is so proud of them and so excited to be sending such a large group to represent us,” Voegtle said.
If you want to know exactly who these athletes are and give them a high-five when you’re in Copper over the next two weeks, look for matching yellow shirts made custom by Trick Threads in Avon. After all, with 28 athletes on one team they’ll be hard to miss.
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