Three Stratton Mountain School athletes qualify for Junior Olympics and US Nationals

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 5, 2010 1:46 pm

Stratton Mountain, Vt.–Stratton Mountain School (SMS) Freestyle athletes Aspen Witt ¹12, Vienna McLeod ¹10 and Dillon Lovell ¹11 qualified for Junior Olympics and U.S. Nationals. The program will travel to Waterville Valley,N.H., to compete in Junior Olympics (JOs) on March 8-14. U.S. Nationals will follow on March 25-28 in Squaw Valley, Calif.

The best juniors from across the nation are invited to compete at Junior Olympics, which brings together the top competitors under the age of 18. At Squaw Valley, the best Mogul and Dual Mogul athletes from across the nation will come together to compete in U.S. Nationals, despite any age classes.

Witt, from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will head into JOs ranked as the second-best divisional Dual Mogul skier in the country. She is ranked 69th in the world and is currently on the brink of the U.S. National Team. Impressively, she is also ranked 16th in the country in Moguls, which includes National Team rankings. She is eighth in Moguls for divisional competitor rankings.

Witt finished in seventh place at the Moguls NorAm in Steamboat Springs on March 4. She finished in fourth place at Killington¹s Dual Mogul NorAm on Feb. 6. This past weekend, Witt finished in second place in Moguls in the Eastern Divisional Championships series hosted at Stratton on Feb. 27 and 28.

McLeod, from Lake George, N.Y., is currently ranked 18th in Dual Moguls for divisional competitors, which makes her the fifth best divisional skier in the East. She, too, is currently competing on the NorAm tour and finished 23rd at Steamboat. In Moguls, she is ranked 38th overall in divisional competitors. McLeod has earned several top five finishes in ECS events throughout this season, including a second place on Jan. 24 at Waterville Rosemary Bowl and three top-five finishes at Bristol Mountain, N.Y., Eastern Championship Series.

Lovell also found the podium at the Eastern Divisional Championships with his second place finish in Moguls. The next day, Lovell, came in fifth place in the Dual Mogul contest. Lovell, from Bondville, Vt., increased his overall divisional-competitor ranking from 58th to 21st in Dual Moguls. He is now eighth in the East for divisional competitors. Lovell also earned a spot on the podium at the Bristol Mountain¹s ECS Mogul event and has finished top-five in more than five events this year.

Witt and McLeod are currently in Steamboat Springs, Colo., competing on the NorAm tour. Lovell is on the SMS campus, preparing for JOs and Nationals. The group will head to the Waterville Junior Olympics on March 8-14.

The SMS Freestyle Program functions in cooperation with Stratton¹s Allegro Program. Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain. The school serves students in grades 8-12 with winter programs for seventh graders. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.