Squaw team has solid USASA showing
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN – The Squaw Valley USA Snowboard Team made a strong showing at the 2001 USASA National Championships at Mammoth Mountain March 18 to 25.
Represented by 13 athletes, the team brought home a number of top 10 finishes including seven third place, five second place and five first place finishes.
Competitors from all over the US earned spots at nationals by competing at regional events. Each region sent top male and female representatives for each age group and discipline (slalom, giant slalom, boardercross, halfpipe and slopestyle).
Squaw had two representatives in the open class (professional). Merrily Charles took home fourth in the GS. Mort Nyberg took two first place finishes in slalom and the GS, a third place in the boardercross and a total of $2,300.
There were two senior women (ages 23-29) throwing down. Hillary Harrison had two sixth place finishes: one in halfpipe and one in boardercross. Jen Grace took third in the slalom, second in the GS and second overall.
Senior man Mike O’Neil took third in the slalom. Mike Rocco took fourth in the Slalom, second in the GS and finished second overall for alpine.
Junior National Team member Jayson Hale took second in the youth (14-15) GS and third in the alpine overall and followed up with a spectacular second place finish at Junior World Championships in Tialy less than one week later.
Squaw had two representatives in the Breaker boy category (ages 12-13). Mike Morrow took sixth in the GS and fifth in the boardercross. Elad Gilo placed third in slalom and finished third in the overall combined.
In the Menehune category (ages 10-11), Roger Carver took first in Slalom and GS and placed third in the overall combined (freestyle and alpine combined).
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