WINHALL >> Ten students at the Mountain School at Winhall qualified for the 27th Annual USASA National Championships in Colorado. They include Charlie Gnoza 7th grade, Victoria Powers 7th grade, Jack Morrison 6th grade, Connor Cavanagh 5th grade, Conor McMahon 5th grade, Adyn Thomas 5th grade, Jack Szckutak 5th grade, Elaina Krusiewski 5th grade, Ben Nowicki 4th grade, and Meredith Powers 3rd grade.
The official commencement of the 27th Annual USASA National Championships took place Saturday, April 2, following a full day of practice for the athletes across five disciplines - Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Boardercross. A large group of competitors lined the walkways of Copper Mountain's Resort Center Village to watch the opening ceremonies, which began with a parade of athletes from the 31 Regional Series. Out of 10 MSW students that qualified, four athletes were able to attend the Nationals with their coaches; Charlie Gnoza for skiing, Victoria Powers for Snowboarding, Jack Morrison for Snowboarding, Connor Cavanagh for Snowboarding, and Ben Nowicki for Snowboarding.
Charlie Gnoza placed 24th nationally in Skiers Slopestyle. Victoria Powers placed 12th nationally in Slalom,19th nationally in Giant Slalom, 19th nationally in Halfpipe, and 24th nationally in Boardercross. Jack Morrison placed 15th nationally in Boardercross, and 50th nationally in Giant Slalom. Connor Cavanagh placed 8th nationally in slalom, 28th nationally in halfpipe, 31st nationally in Giant Slalom, 48th nationally in Slopestyle, and 49th nationally in Boardercross. Benn Nowicki placed 11th in the banked slalom, 16th nationally in slalom, he placed 24th in Boardercross, and he placed 26th in giant slalom. USASA administration reported that around 2000 snowboard and Skier athletes had registered to compete. We are so very proud of our MSW student athletes for representing Southern Vermont so well with their hard work, participation, dedication to winter sports, and their national standings.