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Steamboat skiers sharp at Breck

Noah Riemenschneider was first, Colton Sankey second and Nico Richeda third in a slalom race this weekend in Breckenridge.
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A group of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club U14 and U16 Alpine skiers took care of one final bit of business Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Breckenridge before some of those skiers will head this week to the national championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.

The squad competed in the final event of the SYNC Cup series and came away with some top results.

The team was never better than it was on the boys side of a slalom race, where the club swept the podium. Noah Riemenschneider was first, Colton Sankey second and Nico Richeda third.

More teammates were right on their heels, as Phenix Tatge was fifth and Kyle Kagan sixth.

In a giant slalom race, Riemenschneider was second, despite a significant mistake on his second run. Colton Sankey was fifth.

“These boys are really proving that they are the best in the division,” U16 coach Ben Brown said. “They have the endurance to go the whole season, and they’re just proving that we’re doing something special here in Steamboat.”

That wasn’t the only good news for the boys. Sankey and Cole Gedeon found out they’d get to join the team in Sugarloaf. They were the first two alternates for the region’s nationals team and will now get the chance to compete there.

Alexandra Blair also had a strong weekend in the U16 girl races. Her best result was 10th in a GS.

For the U14 skiers, Cooper Puckett and Jordan Simon had strong weekends, but Ryli Adrian and Natalia Tatgg led the way.

Adrian was tops among U14 racers in one slalom race and third overall.

She also was the skier in her division in a Sunday dual slalom event.

“Ryli had a really challenging weekend at regional championships here last weekend, but down there, she put together some really good runs,” coach Erik Gilbert said.

Tatgg, meanwhile, was second among the U14 in a slalom and eighth overall. She then was first for U14 in a GS race and 17th overall.

“She always does really well when she competes against older athletes,” Gilbert said. “There’s something about her mindset that she just rises to the challenge.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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