Monday May 25, 2015

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COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (March 31, 2014) –The Silver Anniversary United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) crowned 28 National Champions Monday in five disciplines on day two of competition.  The athletes woke to find fresh powder covering all of the venues which made for some fun early morning riding on the way to the events.  Copper Mountain’s grooming crew did a spectacular job preparing the five competition sites following over six inches of new snow and most disciplines started on time.

Results from Sunday night’s Open Class Rail Jam for Men and Women were announced earlier today.  Zeke Greer from Eden, UT (Big Mountain West) won the men’s competition while Sierra Jewett of Spearfish, SD (MT Hood Series) was victorious for the women.

The Group 5 boardercross results from yesterday (Day 1) were made official and released earlier today as well.  In the Youth Men division (14-15), Clint Herman from Hampshire, IL took the gold medal, Matthew Allen of Chanhassen, MN garnered the silver and Shrewsbury, MA rider, Mikey LaCroix took home the bronze.

The Junior Men (16-17) division’s gold medal winner was Griffin Haines from Oakville, ONT.  Benjamin Clark of Chalfont, PA took second place and the silver.  Completing the top three for the bronze was Jonah Baca from Boulder, CO.

In the Men Jam’s (18-22), Lakewood, New York’s Peter Mueller raced to the gold medal.  The silver was awarded to Benton Obregon from Minnetonka, MN and the bronze went to Max Swienton of Sleepy Hollow, IL.


Group 5 had its second alpine event of the competition on Day 2 - Giant Slalom.

Grant Abrahamson of Chanhassen, MN (Upper Midwest ALT) raced to the gold medal for Youth Men (14-15).  Silver went to Christian De Oliveira from Melbourne, VIC (Aspen/Snowmass) and the bronze went to Monkton, Maryland’s Ethan Cohern (Mid-Atlantic).  

Going two-for-two in the Junior Men (16-17) class was Griffin Haines of Oakville, ONT (Western NY).  Haines won the gold in yesterday’s Boardercross as well.  Rocky Mountain Series competitor and Steamboat Springs, CO resident, Garrett Denney claimed the silver.  Wrapping up the top three was bronze medalist, Chandler Samuels, from Downingtown, PA (Mid-Atlantic).

In the Men Jam’s (18-22), Tom Boldt from St Louis, MO (Rocky Mountain) raced to the gold.  Conrad Sacher of Camp Hill, PA (Mid-Atlantic) was the runner-up to earn the silver and Benton Obregon from Minnetonka, MN (Upper Midwest ALT) was third for the bronze.

Tomorrow, for Day 3, Group 5 moves to its first freestyle event – the 22’ Superpipe.

The three divisions in Group 4 tackled the 22’ Superpipe for two runs with the best counting toward the final tally.

The top run for the Menehune Boys (10-11) was turned in by Griffin MacFadyen of East Dover, VT (Southern VT) for the gold.  Dusty Henricksen from Big Bear City, CA (The Unbound) was the silver medalist and Woodbury, CT rider, Joseph Okesson (Southern VT) was third for the bronze.

The Breaker Boys (12-13) is one of the larger groups at the USASA National Championships and the competition in the pipe was fierce.  The gold went to Sean Fitzsimons of Hood River, OR (Mt Hood).  The silver went to Samuel Farrow from Mt Holly VT (Southern VT). Earning the bronze was Hayden Bowles from Edina, MN (Upper Midwest ALT).

Doug Radefeld from Peninsula, OH  (Snow Ohio) posted the top score for the Master Men (30-39) to claim the gold.  Placing second for the silver was Will Sequino of Conifer, CO (Rocky Mountain) and completing the top three for the bronze was New Brighton, MN rider, Matt Gustafson (Upper Midwest ALT).

The competitors in Group 4 head to Slopestyle for the third day of competition.

Group 3 had 11 classes tackle Copper Mountain’s Slopestyle course today.

The Ruggie gold medalists were Kade Martin (Rocky Mountain) for the boys and for the girls Brianna Schnorrbusch (Southern VT). Silver medals went to Mason Hamel (ME Mountain) and Sophia Capua (Rocky Mountain).  Rounding out the top three finishers for the bronze medal were Wesley Muresan (Mid-west Best) and Drew Moryn (Upper Midwest ALT). Ruggie competitors are age 7 and under.

Gold medals in the Grommet (8-9) division went to, Dylan Heinstein (The Unbound) for the boys and Riley Rivera (Southern CA) for the girls.  Valentino Guseli (Southern VT) and Kaitlyn Adams (Huck Finn) were the silver medalists.  Claiming the bronze were Jake Langston of (The Unbound) and Kailey Bogart (North Tahoe).

The Master Class consists of riders age 30-39.  Taking the women’s gold medal was Claudia Luebbert from Val-David, QUE (Huck Finn).  Melissa Martinez of Albuquerque, NM took home the silver and Tiffany Hinojosa garnered the bronze. Both ride for the Southwest Freeride Series.

The National Champions in the Legend division (40-49) both hail from Durango, COand ride for the Southwest CO Series. Mark Daley was the men’s gold medalist while Penny Stahl took the women’s title.  The silver medal for the men went to Shawn O’berry  (Rocky Mountain).  Claiming the men’s bronze medal was Scott Corgan of Grad Junction, CO (Southwest CO).

Topping the podium for the Kahuna Men (50-59) was Jeff Shepard from Deptford, NJ (Mid-Atlantic).  Joining him was David Paulgar of Conway, NH (New Hampshire) for the silver and Streetsboro, OH competitor, Phil Howell (Snow Ohio) rode to the bronze.

The Methuselah class is for competitors aged 60 and over.  The gold medal for the men went to William Putnam (Rocky Mountain) and Dick Schulze (South Tahoe) claimed the silver.  For the women, Jane Gilbert-Howard (Upper Midwest ALT) won the gold while Chris Bodie (Snow Ohio) took home the silver.

The 11 divisions that make up Group 3 move to the Boardercross course for Day 3.

The five ladies classes in Group 2 were at the Boardercross course for the second day of competition.   

Acy Craig of Stowe, VT (Northern VT) raced to the gold medal for the Menehune Girls (10-11) National Championship.  Ty Schnorrbusch from Killington, VT (SVT) claimed the runner-up spot and the accompanying silver medal.  Completing the top three for the bronze medal was Waban, MA competitor, Rachel Shepard, from the New Hampshire Series for a New England sweep.

The Breaker Girls (12-13) class was won by Kiersten Edwards from Londonderry, NH over Emilie-Kate Robinson-Leith of Pennington, NH, who took the silver.  Both of the girls ride for the Southern VT Series.  The bronze medal was presented to Issaquah, WA, rider, Isabella Gomez (Inland Northwest).

Livia Molodyh of Hubbard, OR (Mt Hood) claimed gold in the Youth Women (14-15) with Huck Finn rider, Kennedy Day from Brighton, MI earning the silver medal.  Ketchum, Idaho’s Cora Kaiser (Big Mountain West) claimed the bronze.

Anna Miller from Oren, UT (Big Mountian West) out paced her fellow competitors for the Junior Women’s gold medal (16-17).  Finishing in second for the silver was Haley Michienzi from Bourne, MA (New Hampshire Series).  Third place and the bronze went to Foxboro, MA competitor, Kristen Venuto (ME Mountain).

Felicia Turcotte from Park City, UT (Big Mountain West) led the Women Jam’s (18-22) to the gold medal.  Anna Yamada of Saunderstown, RI (Rocky Mountain) finished second for the silver while Anike Vanagas from Welland, ONT (Western, NY) raced to the bronze.

The five classes in Group 2 move to another alpine event, Slalom, for Day 3.

The Open Class Men and Women as well as the Adaptive Men and Women classes comprise Group 1.  The competitors were at the Slalom course on Day 2.

2014 Sochi Olympian, Justin Reiter, commented before his Slalom runs, “It’s awesome to be here at USASA Nationals, it’s such a positive event. It brings together every generation and every discipline of snowboarding so there’s really no more positive place to be, and that includes the Olympics.  All the grass roots kids and everybody here, it just really makes it very special.

He continued, “As far as today, we got a bunch of snow last night, the course here is pretty good.  The guys here at Copper Mountain did a great job. They groomed it at 5:00 this morning to try and get some of that fresh snow that fell last night and, so far it’s been holding up pretty good.”

Reiter, from Steamboat Springs, CO raced to the gold in the Open Class over Michael Trapp of Hyannis, MA who captured the silver.  Rumson, NJ rider, Aaron (AJ) Muss was awarded the bronze.  All three competitors race for the Rocky Mountain Series.

Maggie Rose Carrigan, a member of the USASA Team competed as an Open Woman.  She also offered up some remarks before her runs, “It means a lot (to be here), I love the course. It was set by my coach. This is probably my sixth or seventh Nationals now.  I’ve been competing in Giant Slalom and Slalom since I was in like third grade so it’s awesome to be here.

Carrigan, of Oak Creek, CO (Rocky Mountain) was victorious in the slalom and won the gold medal over Heather Herde from Midvale, UT (Big Mountain West) finished second while Boston, MA competitor, Lyn Ott (Massachusetts Series), earned the bronze.

Racing to gold in the Adaptive Men class was Matthew Huang from Little Neck, NY (Catskill Mountain).  The runner-up, capturing the silver was Zachary Elder of New York, NY (Catskill Mountain).  Menomonee Fall, WI rider, CJ Cahala (Mid-West Best) finished third for the bronze.

The Adaptive Women’s gold medalist was Arlene Cohen of Pembrooke Pines, FL.  She rides with the Rocky Mountain Series.

Day 3 for Group 1 will be at the Giant Slalom hill.

Complete results are available through the USASA website:

2014 National Champion Slopestyle Grommet (8-9) Riley Rivera demonstrates the spirit of USASA by inviting fellow competitors Kaitlyn Adams (left) and Kailey Bogart (right) to join her on the podium at this evening's award's ceremony. Photo: Jennifer Langille / USASA Staff




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