The third season for Incline High’s Nordic ski team is underway. And expectations are high.
The girls who won the open division State Championship in 2009-10 are ready to make their mark as varsity skiers this year. The team is growing, with several first-time skiers joining the ranks.
The new skiers were tested this past Friday with a team relay at Kirkwood in extreme weather conditions.
Said coach Kathy Vomund: “It’s amazing to see skiers Mariposa Gollery and Laura Henze race so hard after just one and two weeks of being on Nordic skis.”
Junior Julie Falke and freshman Marcella Collins, who raced last year for North Tahoe Middle School, are helping to bring the new skiers up to speed. “They bring great leadership for our open division racers,” Vomund said.
Incline has four varsity racers this year. On the girls’ side, Maddy Kwasny, Melanie Swick and Ashley Vomund were standouts in the open division last year and are ready to compete with the best from schools around the Tahoe Basin — Truckee, Colfax, Mammoth and Bishop.
Swick and Kwasny were unable to complete at Kirkwood, but Vomund was pleased with her race.
“I felt strong and had good balance on my skis, but the weather conditions were very tough,” she said.
More impressive still was the relay team of Ryan Collins and Evan Vomund. In order to compete on a three-person relay, they were paired up with a less experienced skier. The Incline skiers put in an amazing effort, passing skiers along the way to finish in sixth place.
“We are expecting great things from Ryan and Evan when the races get underway in January,” coach Vomund said.
Several of the Incline skiers will attempt to qualify for the Far West Junior Olympic team. This four-race qualifying program begins with the Snowshoe Thompson Classic on Dec. 26. In order to qualify, skiers must perform exceptionally well in both the classic and freestyle ski techniques.
— This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.