KILLINGTON, Vt. - The Killington Mountain School (KMS) Freestyle Team went 1-2-3-4 in men’s moguls on Friday at the USSA Eastern Freestyle Eastern Divisional Championships at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Nick Keating (KMS ’10), of Waterbury Center, took top honors, followed by Bridgewater’s Bryan Zemba ’10 with KMS junior Darius Baradaran, of Goshen, N.Y., finishing third. KMS senior Tyler Wadhams, of Hebron, Conn., just missed the podium in fourth place. Zemba also was named Eastern Divisional MVP. KMS sophomore Colin Lang, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., was named Eastern Divisional Most Improved.
“Once again we sent a strong field to Eastern Division Championships, taking home many top finishes with eight men in the top 15,” said KMS Freestyle Program Director and mogul coach Deb Newson. “The men will carry great momentum headed into Freestyle Junior Nationals this week in Steamboat.”
Fifteen KMS freestylers will compete this week at the Freestyle Junior Nationals in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Keating, Zemba and Witt will then represent KMS at The FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships in Jyväskylä, Finland, March 19-20 in moguls and dual mogul.
In the women’s moguls competition at Waterville, Alta Curtis ’08, of Killington, took second followed by Lizzy Smith ’09, of Putnam Station, N.Y., (4th), Kat DiMascio (7th), and Allison Benedict (8th). The men’s top 15 was rounded out by Jeremy Gravell ’09, of Killington, in sixth, Lang in 12th, and Ryan Brewster in 14th.
In the halfpipe competition on Tuesday, Dan Rosenblum, of Stamford, Conn., led the way with a third-place finish, Cooper Babbitt, of Mendon, took 10th, Ari Schnei
der, of Rutland, took 11th, and Tec Calcagni finished 14th to round out the top 15. In Wednesday’s big air competition, Rosenblum took ninth, Schneider 11th, and Sam Gnoza, of Mendon, Vt., finished 15th. Babbitt just missed the top 15 with his 16th-place finish but put in another top-10 performance in Thursday’s slopestyle, landing in eighth place against a strong field. On the women’s side, CJ Aslan finished seventh in the halfpipe competition.
The Eastern Championship Series, the “A” level, qualifies skiers for national level events including Juniors Olympics, Junior Worlds, US Freestyle Championships, and the US Selection Events. Eastern Freestyle has produced many US Freestyle Ski Team, US Open and X-Game podium winners and Olympic athletes.
Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. KMS freestyle alumni include: Michael Morse ’99, 2010 Olympian and 2008 National Champion in moguls and dual moguls; Evan Dybvig ’97 – Nagano and Salt Lake Olympics, Two-time National Champion; Luke Westerlund ’98 – 2004 US National Mogul Champion; Evan Rapps ’96 – (Rapps skied for the U.S. Freestyle Team, but is known for his musical interests and a successful career in the skiing community as one of the innovators in the freeride movement.) and Olympian and 4 Time World Pro Tour Champion Chuck Martin.