March Madness has arrived! Rowmarkers have been traveling across the country to compete in championship events.
U16 Western Regional Championships
Sun Valley, Idaho | March 14–17
The top U16s from all over the West come together to duke it out to qualify for the U16 Nationals. Six Rowmark athletes qualified for the Western Regional Championships: Mary Bocock, Dagny Brickson, Preston Bolus, Ian Hanrahan, Ford Hodgkins, and Harry Hoffman. These skiers qualified from a season-long series of competitions. Rowmark had some great performances under bluebird skies. In the GS, Ford Hodgkins finished 13th and first for the 2004 age group. Harry Hoffman was second in the SL, first for 2004s, and Mary Bocock was second in the Super-G and also second in the SL. In the GS race, both Preston Bolus and Dagny Brickson won the Hard Charger Award for the biggest moves from their start position to finish position. Preston moved up 48 places and Dagny moved up 41 places. Ian Hanrahan also skied very well, moving up eight spots in the SL and 10 in the SG.
U16 National Championships
Breckenridge, Colorado | March 31–April 4
Mary Bocock, Jack Hodgkins, and Harry Hoffman qualified for this prestigious event. Mary will be looking to defend her U16 Super G National title!
Jackson Hole, Wyoming | March 21–24
The Tri-Divisional Championships are held each year with teams from Intermountain, Alaska, and Northern divisions. Rowmark competes in the Intermountain Division, and three of our U16s competed, earning some great results. Leading the pack was Jack AbuHaidar, who was first in the Super-G, second in the GS, and fourth in the SL; these three top finishes earned Jack the Overall Tri-Divisional Series Championship! Frank Stearns had his best races of the season with a second in the SL and 14th in the GS. Mason Schlopy also skied well, with a ninth-place finish in Super-G and 10th in GS. Way to go, boys!
The U19s have been traveling far and wide this year and still have two race series before the season ends. Some highlights up to this point:
Western Region Junior Championships
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, California | March 12–17
This year Rowmark qualified a full contingent, one of our biggest teams ever, to the Western Region Junior Championships, where athletes from all over the Western US competed. Qualifying from Rowmark were Charlotte Altman, Anya Biskupiak, Mary Clancy, Eliza Hodgkins, Bridget Lennon, Anya Mulligan, Ellie Nichols, Elena Zipp, Jake Bleil, Andrei Dan, Tommy Hoffman, Carter Louchheim, and Greg Olszanskyj. All enjoyed some fast skiing and beautiful weather!
- SL 1: Rowmark had four women finish in the top 25: Ellie Nichols (15th), Anya Biskupiak (16th), Elena Zipp (18th), and Bridget Lennon (22nd)
- SL 2: Anya Biskupiak finished 17th and Anya Mulligan skied away with the win—first place!
- SL 3: Anya Biskupiak finished 12th
- GS 1: Ellie Nichols finished 16th (winning the second run!)
- GS 2: Anya Mulligan finished ninth
- GS 3: Anya Mulligan finished fifth
- SL 1: Andrei Dan finished 10th
- SL 2: Carter Louchheim finished 30th after starting 68th
- SL 3: Rowmark had three men in the top 15: Andrei Dan (10th), Jake Bleil (13th), and Carter Louchheim (15th after starting 70th!)
- GS 1: Tommy Hoffman finished 12th
- GS 2: Andrei Dan finished seventh and Tommy Hoffman finished 11th
- GS 3: Tommy Hoffman (13th), Carter Louchheim (27th), and Greg Olszanskyj (29th)
US Alpine National Championships
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire | March 23–30
Seniors Anya Mulligan and Elena Zipp both qualified for the US Alpine Championships and Junior National Championships. Elena finished 12th and Anya 22nd in the Junior Nationals Super-G. Congratulations!
2019 World Junior Championships
Katie Hensien '18, currently a freshman at Denver University and a US Ski Team member, qualified for the World Junior Championships held in Italy. Katie finished 10th in the SL and second in the team event! The US Ski Team had their best showing ever, finishing third overall in the standings. Way to go, Katie!
Unfortunately, Rowmark’s two US Ski Team World Cup team members and Olympians Alice McKennis '07 and Breezy Johnson '13 both suffered season-ending injuries before competitions ramped up. We look forward to their return to the World Cup stage for the 2019–2020 season.
Rowmark Spring Banquet on April 24
We look forward to celebrating Rowmark accomplishments and announcing our annual awards for sportsmanship, conditioning, perseverance, most improved, and skier of the year. We’ll also honor Team Manager Sarah Getzelman, who is leaving Rowmark after 12 incredible years serving our Academy and Junior Program.