Steamboat Springs Justin Goto-Reiter won the overall Alpine title last week at the USASA nationals in Mammoth, Calif., highlighting a strong finish for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine snowboarding program.
"We usually do really well at these championships," Winter Sports Club coach Derek Switzky said. "This was just another great year for the Alpine side."
Switzky said the freestyle snowboarders had a few top showings, but that side of the team was definitely impacted by injuries.
"It was a Steamboat jinx this year," he said. "It seemed like we had a dark cloud hanging over us."
Among the rash of injuries were Charlie Peddie, Jason Eddington, Alex Glenn, Ryan Oleski and Lex Carrigan-Koski. In all, five freestyle athletes and one coach suffered injuries in California.
But Goto-Reiter and many of his Alpine teammates did their best to cheer the freestyle boarders up with top finishes.
Goto-Reiter was first in slalom, first in giant slalom and earned the top overall position in the open class.
He was followed by Adam Casanova, who took second in the slalom, second in the giant slalom and was right behind his teammate in second for the overall title.
Other top finished came from Vic Wild who placed first in the slalom and second in the giant slalom. He also earned the overall crown in the (14-15) youth men division.
Other top alpine finishers included Becky Basset's second and Erica Mueller's third in the open class women's giant slalom event.
Ryan Oleski was also second in the giant slalom for menehune boys, which includes athletes between the ages of 10 and 11. Scott Stanko was third in the breaker boys (12-13) division in the slalom.
Michael Antalek was third overall in the junior (16-17) men's division.
While the alpine skiers dominated the news was not all bad for the freestyle team.
Maribeth Swetkoff was first in the slopestyle for the open women and took second overall in the freestyle combined.
Teammates Marina Zawisza was third in the halfpipe in the Jams (18-22) women's division.