Poulter Claims Silver at U16 Nationals to Lead SMS Results
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.
“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.
“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.