Rowmark skiers make charge
The final qualifiers for the U14s and U16s were held Feb. 26-28 and Rowmark skiers posted some solid results. At the U16s in Bogus Basin, Idaho, the warm temperatures were a challenge, but they did not stop Scottie Bocock from winning the second super G race. Teammates Greg Oszanskyj (19th in SG 1, 12th in SG 2) and Andrei Dan (20th in both SGs) also landed in the top 20. The third race was cancelled due to the weather. Bocock, Dan, Olszankyj and Parkite Jake Bleil all qualified for Western Regionals.
On the ladies’ side, Parkites Camryn Glick (17th in SG 1, eighth in SG 2, seventh in SG 3), Lucy Neill (15th in SG 1, 12th in SG 2) and Elena Zipp (19th in SG 1) all scored some valuable qualifying points. Those three, along with Park City’s Madison Hoffman and Courtney McCabe, will all be heading to Western Regionals at Mammoth Mountain, California, in two weeks.
The U14s headed to Snowbasin for their final qualifier. Amid 50-degree temperatures, several Rowmark skiers solidified their spots at Western Regionals. Park City residents Zoe Michael (seventh in SG 2) and Danika Mannelin (10th in SG 2) as well as Carter Louchheim (eighth in SG 1, 13th in SG 3) had strong showings and will be heading to Western Regionals in Jackson, Wyoming, next weekend. They will be joined by teammates and fellow Park City residents Tommy Hoffman and Ellie Nichols, who also qualified for Regionals.
The U19 National Championships were held last weekend at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and the strong Rowmark ladies’ team had several podiums (medals given through sixth place). Park City resident Jules Parke took sixth in giant slalom and Sofia Yubero added sixth-place finishes in slalom and super G. Parkites Hannah West (12th in GS, 11th in SL), Katie Hensien (14th in GS, 12th in SG) and Megan Dingman (15th in SL) all scored top-15 finishes in the very competitive field. Rowmark alum Madison Ostergren (’15), who now skis as a post-grad for Snowbird, came in third in GS.
The March Madness will continue at the Western Regional Junior Championships in Schweitzer, Idaho, next weekend with a strong Rowmark contingent of 13 athletes, including Park City residents Liam Michael, Alex Percy and Ned Neill.
Meanwhile, four recent Rowmark alums will be representing their colleges in the prestigious NCAA Alpine Championships. Bella Andreini (’13), from Park City, earned her way into the Championships for her strong season at the University of Alaska. Bryan Cookson (’13) of the University of New Hampshire, Lexi Calcagni (’15) of Middlebury College and Max Martin (’11) of Plymouth State will join Andreini at the Championships this week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
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Cyndi Schwandt, 68, was known in the mountain biking community for her love of purple, her enthusiasm for the sport, and her involvement in building the early trails system. On Monday she was remembered with a group ride.