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Steamboat skiers have top finishes

The season came to an end last week for the elite skiers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s freestyle program.

Several Steamboat skiers recorded top finishes in the U.S. National Freestyle Championships, which took place at the Heavenly Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The moguls took place Friday, the aerials Saturday and the dual moguls were Sunday.

“The organizers pulled off a top-notch event,” coach Garth Hager said. “Daytime temperatures were in the 60s, making for soft snow and changing conditions.”

But 6 inches of snow on opening day caught many mogul skiers off-guard.

Jillian Vogtli, a member of the U.S. Ski Team, topped teammate Shelly Robertson for the win. Another member of the American team, Michelle Roark, was third.

The top Steamboat finisher was Eliza Outtrim in fifth, and former Winter Sports Club skier and Lowell Whiteman graduate Emiko Torito finished ninth. Caterina Mader was 19th.

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On the men’s side it was another U.S. Ski Team sweep.

Travis Cabral led the pack, followed by former Winter Sports Club skier Ryan Riley in second and Tim Preston in third.

Steamboat’s Kyle Ewing was 12th, Eddie Keiser was 18th, and Jarrett Arguelles came in 25th.

On Saturday, the National Championship field moved to the aerial hill.

Kelly Hilliman won the women’s event, and Jeret Peterson took top honors in the men’s event. Steamboat’s Mader was the top Steamboat finisher, placing 10th in the women’s competition.

Steamboat skiers continued to post solid results on the final day of the U.S. Championships on Sunday.

Torito was fifth in the dual mogul event, which Robertson. Outtrim was 10th, Mader was 11th, and Lauren Crawford finished 12th. Carly Gmeiner was 21st, Kylie Douglas was 22nd, Erica Damon was 23rd, and Maryann Skaraba was 24th.

The men’s dual title went to Cabral, who skied past Daimon Bushi for the win.

Steamboat’s Michael Mead was eighth, Arguelles was 16th, Keiser was 30th, and Michael Macomber was 39th.