McSwain has a banner day
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s alpine teams traveled to three different venues this past weekend. And during each series, competitors walked away with either a victory, a podium result or the leader’s bib.
Devan McSwain of Glenwood Springs, an under-14 competitor, won a super-G race at Breckenridge on Sunday by a margin of more than a full second.
McSwain and her AVSC teammates battled wind, difficult light and rutted courses en route to success at Breckenridge.
McSwain, who also won four races at the last U14 series at Winter Park, finished no worse than seventh over the weekend in a field of about 100 competitors.
“She really showed that she is one of the best in that age group,” said AVSC Alpine Director Greg Needell.
Levyn Thomas, a first-year U14, was 17th in the second super-G, her best result of the weekend. Local Elle Murphy’s best finish was 25th on Saturday. On the boy’s side, Jack Bowers was second in Saturday’s super-G, leading teammates Stian Davenport, Myles Pember and Jake Bassi, who finished seventh, 12th and 15th, respectively. In Sunday’s boy’s race, Stian Davenport finished eighth and Jake Bassi was 13th.
A small team of U16 skiers headed to Vail for giant slalom and slalom races on Jan. 25 and 26. Glenwood Springs athlete Cooper Cornelius skied into 11th place in the GS and eighth place in the slalom. Overall, Cornelius stands in 15th place in the 2013/14 Smartwool series.
“Cooper is very driven. When it’s race day, he knows it’s race day. He’s ready to put it down,” Needell said.
Teammate Dexter Edelman is the series leader after earning a second-place finish in a Jan. 23 super-G at Beaver Creek and two top-10s in Vail.
The club’s FIS-level skiers headed up to Steamboat Springs for a weekend of slalom and GS events. There, Devon Cardamone earned the leader’s bib by virtue of his two podium finishes in three days.
Alphonse Fischer and Travis Lundin of Glenwood Springs also skied in the Steamboat series. Top finishes were 33rd and 34th, respectively.
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