Moguls squad finishes strong |

Moguls squad finishes strong

Team ends with 7 podium finishes

Luke Graham

— The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle moguls team finished the season on a high note during the weekend, tallying seven podium finishes in the year-end event at Vail.

“It was awesome,” said Rob Day, the Winter Sports Club’s head NorAm freestyle coach. “It was great to see and definitely a wonderful way to end the season. Especially with all the people that did get the podium. They really did deserve it.”

Highlighting Saturday’s single moguls event was Bo Randolph, who was last on his first run after skiing on a broken ski. Undeterred and last to go on his second run, Randolph put down a huge effort – again on a broken ski – to finish first.

Rob Burden finished second and Michael Degrandis finished third. Other male finishers include Ryan Dyer in fifth and Dalton Lee in seventh.

“There was no one touching those guys all day,” Day said. “Those were the guys that were on point.”

On the women’s side, Rebecca Miller came in with a strong third-place finish. Brittany Loweree in fifth, Kristen Sweeney in eighth and Shelby Dyer in 11th all had strong showings.

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On Sunday in the dual moguls event, the Winter Sports Club again was well represented.

Miller highlighted the day with her first career win. Loweree was fourth, and Shelby Dyer finished in sixth.

“That was absolutely huge,” Day said about Miller’s win. “She was pumped. She was the best skier on Sunday. All the girls were holding back and not flipping. Everyone was going top to bottom. She did the run that she does and pulled out a win.”

On the men’s side, Randolph put another good day of skiing together, finishing second. Michael Degrandis was third, Lee was sixth and George Degrandis was eighth.

The event served as the final event of the season, but points gained from the event count for next season. Day called it a buffer so the skiers don’t have to stress as much about points throughout next season.

The freestyle team continues workouts in early May with physical tests. Day estimated the team would be jumping off the water ramps at Bald Eagle Lake by the middle or end of May.

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