MSA students invited to nationals in Colorado

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WEST DOVER -- All six riders from Mount Snow Academy’s snowboarding program were invited to one of the biggest competitions of the year.

"We are excited for these final two weeks here, training in the best terrain parks in the east," said coach Tom Anderson. "Carinthia will be our training grounds for the big show coming up."

From March 29 to April 8, these students will be competing at the 25th United States of America Snowboarding and Freeski Association’s National Championships at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

Successful scores from events run by the association throughout the year put the students in a position to get invitations. Most of the events were part of the Southern Vermont Series.

Max Lyons was ranked first place in rail jams and 12th in halfpipe for the open class pro division. For the youth women division of ages 14 to 15, Ali Hsueh made first place in slopestyle, third in halfpipe and 12th in rail jams. Competing in men’s junior division for ages 16 and 17, David McCarthy was ranked first place in halfpipe and fifth in slopestyle, while Ryan Gormley was 18th in halfpipe and 39th in slopestyle. Bradley Harper was ranked fifth in rail jams, 40th in slopestyle and 63rd in halfpipe for men ages 14 and 15. Alex Atno ranked 11th in slopestyle and 31st in rail jam for boys ages 12 and 13.

Although their rankings determined which events they were invited to, there still remains an opportunity for the students to get invited to other events. It depends upon whether other competitors accept their invitations.

"The riders are all healthy and raring to polish the maneuvers they currently have and hopeful for adding to their bag of tricks," said Anderson.

For the first week of training, he told the Reformer that the riders’ focus will be on adding new tricks. Then they will be working towards consistency and preparing runs for their respective events.

"This pilgrimage that 30 some regions make to Copper this spring will be well represented by southern Vermont and especially our crew here at MSA," concluded Anderson. "We return with two defending champs, McCarthy in halfpipe and Lyons in rail jam."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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