The short: WE WON!!!!!! Boys and Girls GS teams took both championships! The best thing was that this was a TEAM EFFORT: everyone showed up and helped us achieve this goal in a tough field. Make sure you announce yourselves to the school, and you should all be really pleased. THE GNAR IS STRONG IN YOU!
The snowboard team has a lot of new blood this year, and they had a chance to show their stuff at Gunstock today. An impressive first race for Rachel Zhong, James Ferguson, Harry Nettle, and Giacomo Mazzarella, all of whom are team rookies. We are really proud of their riding today. Imogen Von Mertens stays locked in a close race for first place with a Holderness rider. Jasmine Barette and Cynthia Ji also rode impressively and confidently today. Peter Spang finished seventh, while James Bostrup, Ben Froling, Andrew Dailey, and Arthur Garcia all showed resilience and focus. We are excited for our first slopestyle comp next week at our home mountain!
It was a solid first showing for the snowboard team's first GS race of the season. Imogen VonMertens took second, and Jasmine Barette and Cynthia Ji completed two solid runs to help the Girls Team place second overall. Peter Spang delivered a sharp sixth place finish, with Arthur Garcia, James Bostrup, and Ben Froling--in his first race!--pushing the Boys team to a fourth place finish.
Mother nature has finally blessed us with some snow here in Dublin! The snowboarders have been hard at work on dry-land training, and today they took to the snow for the first time this season. Many of our more experienced riders spent the weekend hard at work on a mini-course right in the heart of Dublin's campus, and our veterans spent some time on it today. Our rookies have been getting accustomed to their new equipment and practiced some starts and stops today alongside our veterans. Tomorrow, we'll head over to Crotched Mountain to pick up rentals for those who need them. Thanks for all of your continued support. Friday will be our first day on the mountain, and we can't wait!
In locating the new Slopeside Dormitory, we had to remove the old Arts Building which served in recent years as our Outing Club. The Outing Club was home to our Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding programs. We originally intended to put the new Outing Club into the basement of the Slopeside Dormitory but thought better due to the impact on the height of the building and the potential for fumes and fire from ski waxing.
The Snowboarding team took to the lovely Ragged Mountain on Wednesday for the last slopestyle competition of the season. The course, by far the longest of the season, offered a few unique challenges to our riders: a cannon rail to start, two down flat down options--one rail and one box--and two sizable jumps. The stakes were set high after Proctor's number-one rider pulled a 360 off of the cannon rail.
Yifu Zhang (Beijing, China) and Jack Pearce (Milford, NJ) took big risks that paid off: while both have been riding boxes comfortably during the season, they each rode the cannon rail, marking the first time that either of them had ridden any kind of rail feature. Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME) and Imogen VonMertens (Hancock, NH) hit impressive ollies off of each knuckle, and Lucy Martin (New Canaan, CT) smoothly took down the box feature on both rides. Emil Hristache (Peterborough, NH) landed a frontside 270 off of the rail cannon and a smooth method off of the second jump. Arthur Garcia (Union City, NJ) took down the box in style, and Garret Autera (Roswell, GA) continued his characteristic frontside 180s. Alexander “AJ” Simpson's (New York, NY) classic freestyle moves were also at home in this park; he continues to work toward a frontside 540. We have faith in you, AJ! All in all, it was a mellow and fun day for all.
On February 1 the Dublin School Snowboard Team traveled to Okemo Mtn in Ludlow, Vermont. The Lakes Region Slopestyle competition took place on the most demanding Park of the Series this year. Senior Captain Emil Hristache (Peterborough, NH) took 1st Place overall and showed the League he is back after missing his Junior Year to injury. With new tricks and classic style he showed the crowd how to throw it down!
His team mates continued to improve and showed their willingness to challenge themselves with Garret Autera (Roswell, GA) and Arthur Garcia (Union City, NJ) meeting that standard.
Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME) showed nerve and poise as she opened the competition with her first run. It's important to note that she had never run a course this difficult or ever competed in Slopestyle. Alissa had an amazing 6th place finish to lead the Girls Team to a 3rd place Team bronze for the day.
Coach Graves and Coach Rabb are thrilled with the progress of the Team and the recent results as they represent the Dublin Wildcats.
The Dublin School Snowboard Team traveled to Gunstock Mountain Resort to compete in a Giant Slalom competition. It was a dominating performance by both the Girls and Boys teams.
Senior Captain Lucy Martin (New Canaan, CT) lead her team with support from Junior Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME) and Freshman Imogen VonMertens (Hancock, NH) to a season best 2nd place finish as a team.
On the Boys side, it was also a team effort led by Alexander “AJ” Simpson (New York, NY) blasting down the course with Team Captain Emil Hristache (Peterborough, NH) close on his heels with Top 5 performances! Captain Joe DuPont-Roche (Peterborough, NH) supported by a breakout run by Yifu Zhang (Beijing, China) enabled the Team to capture First Place in their division.