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SMS Snowboarding Takes on the Vermont Open

March 12, 2019

STRATTON—Stratton Mountain School snowboarders took on the iconic Vermont Open at Stratton Mountain Resort this weekend, earning more than 30 podium finishes across multiple events. 

Connor Cavanagh `23 won 1st Overall for the Boys 13 and Under, scoring 1st in Halfpipe and Banked Slalom alongside a 2nd place finish in the Rail Jam. Connor Kelly `24 claimed 2nd in the overall rankings, topping the podium in both Slopestyle and Rail Jam. 

Connor Cavanagh `23 at the Vermont Open. Photo: Dylan Demers.

Ryan Kelly `23 led the SMS results for Boys 14-18, winning 2nd overall, 2nd in Slopestyle, 2nd in Rail Jam, and 3rd in Halfpipe. Charlie Bergantino `22 followed in 3rd overall and also won 2nd in the Halfpipe as well as 3rd in both Rail Jam and Slopestyle. Skylar Koeppe `24 took 3rd in Slopestyle for the Girls 13 and under, and Jamie Pila `20 seemingly spent more time on the podium than off, winning 2nd Overall for Girls 14-18, 2nd in Rail Jam, and 3rd in Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Banked Slalom. Racing in that same category, Cailin Doty `20 won 1st in the Slopestyle and 2nd in Halfpipe. 

Jamie Pila `20 at the Vermont Open. Photo: Dylan Demers.

Victoria Powers `21 won four medals among the Open Class Women, finishing 2nd in Halfpipe, 3rd in Slopestyle, 3rd in Banked Slalom, and 3rd Overall. TJ Fitzgerald `19 took first in the Open Class Men’s Rail Jam, as well as 3rd in Slopestyle, and SMS Snowboarding Director, SMS alumnus, and two-time Olympic medalist Ross Powers `97 took to the course to win 2nd Overall among the Open Class Men. Powers also finished 3rd in Halfpipe and 1st in Banked Slalom, while junior Joey Okesson `20 claimed 2nd in the Halfpipe. 

Victoria Powers `21 at the Vermont Open. Photo: Dylan Demers.

Ross Powers `97 at the Vermont Open. Photo: Dylan Demers.

This week SMS Snowboarded head to the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour at Mammoth Mountain, while others compete in SBX Nor-Ams in nearby New York. At the end of this month student athletes will take on USASA Nationals, so stay tuned for more!

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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