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Poulter Claims Silver at U16 Nationals to Lead SMS Results

April 06, 2019

BRECKENRIDGE—Stratton Mountain School U16 Alpine athletes competed in U16 Nationals this week, with Jay Poulter `20 claiming 2nd overall to lead a collection of top-twenty results for SMS

Jay Poulter `20

The boys fought incredibly hard all week, and proved that they both belong amongst the fastest in the country,” said SMS Alpine Coach and High-Performance Director Jay Ogle `10. “Racing at Breckenridge is not easy—a former World Cup hill that starts at close to 12,000ft. elevation, by the end your lungs and legs are on fire.”

Poulter’s Overall silver is accompanied by another 2nd place finish in Super G, a bronze in Slalom, and a 4th place results in Giant Slalom, as well as a 10th place result in Super G for Erik Holm `21

Erik Holm `21.

Jay was remarkably composed and consistent all week, posting the top result of any Eastern Region skier across all three disciplines,” Ogle continued. “A few mistakes kept Erik from achieving the results he had hoped for, but the speed was there, and it was great to end up with a Top 10 result. I am very proud of Jay and Erik’s efforts, and am very excited to watch them transition to the FIS level in the coming season.”

It was a challenging event with the altitude, which clearly was a huge disadvantage to the Eastern Region Team,” added Head U16 Women’s Coach Morgan Korpi `99. “I would say that this only emphasizes Jay Poulter’s performance that much more, as he was one of the few Eastern Region athletes to ski at his or her highest level.”

Tess Beyer `20 and Matilde Schwencke `21 led the SMS women’s results, both finishing 13th in Slalom and Super G respectively, and Schwencke also claimed 20th in Slalom and 21st in Giant Slalom. Chloe Lathrop `21 finished 15th in Slalom and 18th in Super G, and Eliza Sullivan `22 was named the 2004 National Champion in Skills Quest. 

“Although the girls were not thrilled with their results I was very proud of the way they fought through all the adversities of the event,” Korpi said. “They all did a great job of staying positive and enjoying the experience; they couldn’t have done a better job representing Stratton Mountain School.  This approach will only lead to future successes and development in their skiing.” 
 
Congratulations to all!
 
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.
 
 
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