Squaw’s Seline, McJunkin impress at U12 junior freeskiing nationals
A couple of up-and-coming freeskiers on the Squaw Valley Big Mountain team showcased their abilities earlier this month at the IFSA Junior National Freeskiing U12 Championship.
Matt Seline and Hayden McJunkin qualified to compete in the national competition at Grand Targhee Resort, Wyo., by earning enough points throughout the season in the local Tahoe Junior Freeride Series.
Competing on a steep venue with views of the Grand Tetons, Seline placed third against the best U12 freeskiers in the country, which clinched third place in the overall national season standings.
Seline put down two solid runs the first day, which placed him third entering the final run the following day. To hold onto his spot on the podium, he picked a more aggressive line that included some big air on expert terrain near the bottom of the run. He stuck the landing to secure his podium finish.
McJunkin took an aggressive line on her first run, which resulted in a fall that cost her valuable points.
Not deterred, she bounced back on her final two runs and was able to score near the top of the leaderboard. Although it wasn’t enough to land on the podium, her points total for the season was enough to earn her a fifth-place finish nationally among U12 girls.
Both Seline and McJunkin train under former professional freeskier-turned-coach Eric DesLauriers and attend Alder Creek Middle School.