Snowboarding Team Crushes 2016 USASA National Championships
USASA National Championships Snowboarding Week in Review
Bethel, Maine – The Gould Academy Competition Program (GACP) Snowboard Team recently wrapped up a long week of competition at the USASA National Championships being held at Copper Mountain in Colorado. The GACP Freeskiing Team is currently there competing.
“What an amazing week!” Coach KC Gandee said. “The USASA National Championships is the largest snowboard event in the world with over 1,200 competitors this season ages 5-70, and when you look at our overall stats, our athletes did a phenomenal job.”
With 50 starts total, the GACP Snowboard Team ended last week with 34 Top 25 finishes (68%), 22 Top 10 finishes (44%), and 9 podium placements (18%) including 2 bronze medals (4%), 4 silver medals (8%), and 3 gold medals (6%).
Those GACP student-athletes who contributed to these results include:
Emma Lieb ’16 – who competed within the Jams Women division (18-22 year-olds). Lieb won both National Championship races in Slalom and Giant Slalom and placed 5th in her division’s Boardercross race to win the consolation final.
Emma Scheidegger ’16 – who competed in the Junior Women’s division (16-17 year-olds) and secured her second silver medal in Boardercross. Scheidegger also won a silver medal at last year’s USASA National Championship.
Richie Hoge ’17 – who took 1st place in the Junior Men’s division (16-17 year-olds) Boardercross race.
Liam Maguire ’18 – who placed 3rd in the Youth Men’s division (14-15 year-olds) Boardercross race.
And up-and-comers Tyler Hamel and Aiden Mahoney. Hamel competed in the Menehune Boy’s division (10-11 year-olds) and placed 2nd in Giant Slalom and Slalom, 4th in Boardercross, 12th in Halfpipe, and 13th in Slopestyle to secure a 3rd place overall finish. Mahoney competed in the Breaker Boy’s division (12-13 year-olds) and placed 5th overall including an 8th place finish in Boardercross.
The Snowboard Team split into small groups and each group is responsible for feeding the team for a night. Tonight’s meal: scalloped potatoes, salad and, of course, Shake n Bake chicken. Thank you Adalia Flores ’18, Milly Detels ’18 and Emma Scheidegger ’16. #werusasa #gouldlife #usasa #usasanats2016 #shakenbake #sbxlife
Liam Maguire ’18 (left, facing away) plays an April Fool’s joke on Teammate Richie Hoge ’17 (middle) asking the volunteer to tell Hoge he isn’t registered. Hoge and teammate Ward Saunders ’16 (right) go to their phones to try to figure it out.
Liam Maguire ’18 (right) on the podium in 3rd place for the Youth (14-15) age group in Boardercross.
Aidan Mahoney (GACP) and Coach Barlow getting ready for heats in Boardercross. Mahoney placed 8th today for Breaker Boys (12-13) at Nationals!!
Matt Wolf ’16 scored big today in the FIS North American Cup Slalom Finals by racing to 9th place in a stacked field of Olympians and World Cup racers. Wolf has worked diligently this season and it paid off in his last event as a Gould Husky. We’re very proud Matt!
Emma Scheidegger ’16 races to 2nd place in the nation today for Jr Women (16-17) at the USASA NationalChampionships in Copper, CO. Congratulations Emma!
Coach KC and Richie Hoge ’17 after Hoge won the National Championship in BX.
Emma Lieb ’16 and Coach KC after Emma won the National Championship for SL for Jams (18-22)
Ladies day at Boardercross (l-r) Adalia Flores ’18, Emma Bender ’16, Emma Lieb ’16, Milly Detels ’18, Sofia Stasinos (GACP), Emma Scheidegger ’16, Coach KC (crouching).
Emma Lieb ’16 stand on top of the podium for the 2nd time this week as GS Champion for Jams Women (18-22). Lieb placed 1st in SL, GS and 5th in BX. What a fantastic way to finish her senior season at Gould Academy!
Coach KC with the ladies at GS.
Milly Detels ’18 on her way to 7th place in GS at the USASA National Championships. Milly finished top 10 in both GS and BX.
Tyler Hammel (GACP) takes 3rd place overall at the USASA National Championship! That’s the 3rd highest combined score in 5 events- SL, GS, HP, SS, BX. Way to go Tyler! Here he is with his coaches after being presented the award.
For a full snapshot of student results and pictures, check out the Gould Academy Competition Program Facebook Page:
Full event results are also available at www.usasa.org.