Steamboat freestyle skiers warm up at Winter Park events

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— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freestyle team hit the ground running in Winter Park during the weekend by posting top results in a key Rocky Mountain Division meet. Coach Erik Skinner said it was a solid meet for the local team with consistent skiing and top results.

“We had the most consistent skiing and results ever as a team,” Skinner said. “This was a great warm-up for this next week with U.S. Team Selections coming to Steamboat.”

Steamboat got top performances from Brittany Loweree, who won Saturday’s championship mogul event and placed second in the open division of Sunday’s competition. Also Saturday, Rebecca Miller was second, Alexa Stein finished sixth and Lane Stoltzner was 10th.

Winter Park’s Alyssa Lawson topped Sunday’s open mogul event followed by Loweree in second and Miller in third. Stoltzner was eighth and Jaelin Kauf was 14th.

The Steamboat men also looked strong in Winter Park. Steamboat’s Ryan Dyer was second Saturday, followed by teammate Michael Degrandis in third. Dalton Lee was fifth, Luke Farny was sixth, Bennett Roukema was 14th, George Degrandis was 18th and Kevin Broten was 19th. Bradley Hoefer finished 24th, followed by Huntington Adams in 26th and Skyler Kauf in 28th.

Michael Degrandis was third Sunday, followed by Dyer in fifth and Lee in 13th. Other top Steamboat finishes included Roukema in 14th, Broten in 19th, George Degrandis in 21, Adams in 22nd and Kauf in 27th.

The Freestyle U.S. Nationals are scheduled for Thursday to Dec. 23 on Mayer’s Mogul Run on Voo Doo ski run at Steamboat Ski Area. The event is expected to draw a top field and will be used to help determine this year’s U.S. Ski Team roster. Skiers will begin arriving Thursday with training scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. Training will continue Saturday with single mogul competitions set for Sunday and Tuesday. There also will be a dual moguls competition Wednesday. Women’s qualification begins at 9:15 a.m. for Sunday and Tuesday’s events; men’s qualification is at 11:35 a.m. both days. Qualification for the dual events will begin at 9:45 a.m. for the women and 10:50 a.m. for the men.

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