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11 SMS Students Podium at USASA Rail Jam

December 16, 2018

Stratton Mountain School wrapped up the annual USASA Southern Vermont Series Rail Jam at Stratton Mountain Resort on December 16 with 11 Snowboard and Freeski students landing on the podium—and 5 of those students winning first in their respective competitions.

Photo by SMS Freeskiing Director Jesse Mallis. 

The event was hosted by the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Association’s New England cohort, the Southern Vermont Series, which is one of the longest-running USASA series in the country. Under the helm of SMS Snowboard Director and two-time Olympic Medalist Ross Powers, the organization offers competitive events for skiers and riders of all ages in Slopestyle, Boarder and Skier Cross, Halfpipe, Rail Jam, and Snowboard Alpine.

At Sunday’s Rail Jam Competition, skiers and riders from throughout New England made their way to Stratton Mountain Resort to compete. Twelve SMS Snowboarders earned notable finishes, with Conor Cavanagh and TJ Fitzgerald each earning first in their respective competitions. The results include:

  • TJ Fitzgerald `19, 1st for Open Class Men
  • Grey Katko `20, 2nd for Open Class Men
  • Zeb Powell `19, 3rd for Open Class Men
  • Derek Conti `20, 4th for Open Class Men
  • Rylan Kelly `23, 3rd for Men 14 and over
  • Victoria Powers `21, 3rd for Women 14 and over
  • Cailin Doty `20, 4th for Women 14 and over
  • Conor Cavanagh `23, 1st for Boys age 10-13
  • Connor Kelly `24, 2nd for Boys age 10-13
  • Charlie Bergantino `22, 9th for Boys age 10-13
  • Will Clark `23, 13th for Boys age 10-13
  • Skylar Koeppe `24, 7th for Girls age 10-13

The SMS Freeskier’s also achieved impressive results at their home mountain, highlighted by first-place podiums for Xavier Schmid, Emilia de Jounge, and Zylis Hawkins. The results include:

  • Zylis Hawkins `20, 1st for Open Class Men, Pro Division 
  • Xavier Schmid `22, 1st for Men 14 and over
  • Maximo Hasaj `21, 4th for Men 14 and over
  • Bode Raffa `22, 5th for Men 14 and over
  • Alex Wasyliko `22, 9th for Men 14 and over
  • Emilia de Jounge `23, 1st for Women 14 and over
  • Durham Jones `23, 3rd for Boys age 10-13
  • Peyton Gray `24, 4th for Boys age 10-13

Congratulations to all!

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