Steamboat girls ski team 3rd at state

Girls, boys teams win at skate skiing

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected from its original version to clarify that the girls team came in third in skate skiing at state. The girls won the league championship in skate skiing, not the state race.

The Steamboat Springs High School boys ski team won the skate skiing event Friday at the state championships in Frisco. The girls teams took third in the state skate event, and the Steamboat girls placed third overall.

Summit High School was the state champion for the boys, followed by Aspen and Battle Mountain. Middle Park High School was the girls state champion, and Summit was second.

The skiers had something to prove after a disappointing first day in Alpine giant slalom and classic Nordic skiing.

“We definitely turned it around today,” Nordic coach Emily Lovett said Friday evening. “It’s a great effort by the kids, for sure, and I think they realized they could ski to a little higher potential, and they did that.”

The Steamboat girls also won the slalom event, beating Summit and Evergreen. The Steamboat boys came in second in slalom. The Steamboat girls came in third in the classic skiing event and second in the giant slalom contest. The Steamboat boys placed third in giant slalom.

One challenge was that some of the Alpine skiers who also ski for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club participated in a different event in Telluride, Lovett said.

“Our scores were a little lower than if we had a full team,” she said.

The skiers still fared well, however.

Suzanne Lyon was named to the giant slalom and slalom all-state teams. Linnea Dixson was named to the all-state skate skiing team. On the boys side, Erik Lynch and Aleck Gantick made the all-state skate skiing team. Connor Bernard made the all-state slalom team.

Bernard came in fifth in the slalom race, and Ali Pougiales took fifth in slalom for the girls. Lynch and Gantick were second and fifth in the skate race, respectively.

Dixson barely missed out on the Skimeister award, coming just eight-tenths of a point behind winner Dayna Larsen, of Nederland. Right behind her in the top five were Steamboat skiers Mallory Hoots and Martha Anderson.

“I’m really proud of the team. I just really am,” Lovett said. “They just showed a lot of teamwork.”

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