U19 Ski Team Battles Difficult Conditions in Tough Field at Whiteface

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Whiteface on race day. (Photo: NYSEF)

Over the Holiday break, the U19 men’s ski team, consisting of returning FIS athletes Mattieu Cote ‘18 and Wim Roney ‘18, and first-year athletes Hugh Dempsey ‘19, Jake Reynolds ‘19, Aiden Smith ‘19, and Andrew Van Slyke ‘20 spent four days racing from the December 19-22. The races were at Whiteface and hosted by NYSEF. It was a tough start to the season for the boys, battling conditions — wet one day and frozen ruts the next — that weren’t ideal for the back of the field. Competitors included a member of the US Ski Team and Division I ski racers from Dartmouth, UVM, UNH, Middlebury and St. Lawrence, as well as regional ski academy racers.

On the first day of racing:

  • Aiden Smith finished 11.2 seconds out, giving him a score of 113.05 FIS points.
  • Jake Reynolds finished 12.66 seconds out, scoring 124.45 points.
  • Andrew Van Slyke finished 18.7 seconds out, scoring 171.91points.
  • The other racers did not finish.

On the second day:

  • Jake finished 15.47sec, scoring 150.33 points.
  • Andrew finished 17.51sec, scoring 167.36 points.
  • The other racers did not finish.

On the third day:

  • Andrew finished 19.51sec out to score 180.29 points.
  • All other racers did not finish.

On the fourth day:

  • Mattieu finished 13.09 sec out, scoring 123.29 points.
  • All other racers did not finish.

Some of the U19 racers head to Waterville Valley next week for Eastern Cup races.

 

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