By Todd Brickson, Program Director
Below are competition highlights of current Rowmarkers who captured top finishes during the last month of the season.
FIS Elite Races, California
Many of our U19s raced in FIS Elite races at Sugar Bowl Resort and Squaw Valley, California, in mid-March against the best 100 boys and 100 girls in the Western US.
- Maddie Welling: Seventh overall (fifth for U19s) in slalom #1; eighth overall (and second for U19s) in slalom #2
- Mary Bocock: 10th overall (and second for U19s) in giant slalom; 11th overall (and fourth for U19s) in slalom
- Harry Hoffman: 10th overall (second for U19s) in slalom; 13th overall (second for U19s) in giant slalom
Divisional FIS Race, Wyoming
At the same time as the California races, Snow King Mountain Resort in Wyoming hosted a Divisional FIS race where the other half of our U19s competed.
- Charlotte Altman: Eighth in slalom; 14th in giant slalom
- Dagny Brickson: 15th in slalom
- Preston Bolus: 19th in slalom; 19th in giant slalom
Tri-Divisional Championships, Montana
Many of our U16s raced in the Tri-Divisional Championships at Big Sky Resort in Montana from March 18–21.
- Matt Siegal: First in super-G; eighth in giant slalom; seventh in slalom
- Henry Cunningham: Second and third in super-G
- Leo Martin: Ninth in giant slalom
- Jack Zipp: 11th in slalom; 13th in giant slalom
- Arden Louchheim: Second in super-G; third in giant slalom
- Kaia Brickson: Fourth in slalom
- Charlotte Morris: Fifth in slalom
- Hayden Kaufman Schiller: Seventh in super-G
South Series Finals, Utah
U16 freshman Declan Morasch competed in the South Series Finals at Snowbasin, Utah, in late March, where he placed first in giant slalom.
77th Annual Snowcup, Utah
The 77th Annual Snowcup at Snowbird, Utah, held March 30 to April 2, was an excellent race for Rowmark, with outstanding finishes from across the team. Notably, Ian Hanrahan and Elisabeth Bocock won the prestigious Snowcup overall titles! Below are some standout finishes from this series.
- Ian Hanrahan: Second in slalom; first and second in giant slalom; first overall
- Jack Abuhaidar: Second in slalom; first and second in giant slalom
- Ford Hodgkins: Third and third in slalom
- Preston Bolus: 10th in slalom; fourth and seventh in giant slalom
- Frank Stearns: Fifth and 11th in slalom
- Karsten Schillinger: Sixth in slalom; 14th in giant slalom
- Henry Cunningham: 10th in slalom; 13th in giant slalom
- Elisabeth Bocock: First and first in giant slalom; first and second in slalom; first overall
- Madi Dean: First and fifth in slalom; fifth and sixth in giant slalom
- Mary Clancy: 12th in giant slalom; second and fifth in slalom
- Charlotte Morris: 15th in slalom
Western Region U16 Championships, California
Three Rowmark athletes—Elisabeth Bocock, Lili Honey, and Karsten Shillinger—qualified to compete in the exclusive Western Region U16 Championships in Mammoth, California, which consists of the best U16 athletes in the entire Western Region of the United States. Elisabeth Bocock finished first in super-G, first in giant slalom, and second in slalom, securing her the Western Region Overall Championship and a spot in the U16 Nationals, which, unfortunately, was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. Lili Honey and Karsten Shillinger both also had some strong top-25 finishes.
FIS Spring Series, California
Some of the FIS Rowmarkers managed to get a spot in the Squaw Spring Series races at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Post-graduate Madi Dean charged to a fifth and sixth in slalom, and junior Maddie Welling had some standout performances and secured 10th in giant slalom.
FIS Spring Series, Colorado
Mary Bocock won the giant slalom race in Breckenridge, Colorado. With this finish, Mary is now ranked second in the nation and sixth in the world in giant slalom for her age, as well as first and ninth in the world in super-G!
US National Championships, Colorado
Three of our FIS athletes had the outstanding achievement of qualifying to the prestigious US National Championships in Aspen from April 5–16. Harry Hoffman competed in the men’s US Nationals this past week with strong results, while Mary Bocock had an outstanding 12th in super-G and Maddie Welling had two top-30 finishes, with a 24th in the alpine combined and a 29th in super-G.
Western Region FIS Downhills, California
Finally, five Rowmarkers finished the season with downhill races at Mammoth Mountain, California. For the men, Ford Hodgkins led the way with a 13th and 26th, while, for the women, Dagny Brickson was 11th on the first downhill and an impressive eighth place in the final race.
Congratulations to our entire team for a great season despite all the craziness!
Rowmark alum and US Ski Team star Breezy Johnson ’13 had a nearly unprecedented series of podium results on the World Cup, with four consecutive third place downhill podium finishes, followed by a fifth! With this streak, Breezy placed fourth in the Overall World Cup downhill standings for the 2021 season. Incredible!
Rowmark alum and emerging US Ski Team member Katie Hensien ’18 scored her first World Cup points, with an 18th in a World Cup slalom in Croatia in March. Katie also won the 2020 National Championship giant slalom and was third in the slalom back in November.
Congratulations to Rowmark alum Alice McKennis Duran ’08 on her retirement from ski racing after an impressive career of 13 years on the US Ski Team, including a World Cup victory, three podiums, 10 top-10 finishes, two Olympic Games (fifth in downhill in 2018), and two National Championships. Rowmark Ski Academy is very proud of your accomplishments, and even more proud of your incredible determination and resilience to return to the top of the sport after several serious injuries. (Read more in this US Ski Team post highlighting Alice's stellar career.)