Over President’s Day weekend, the Sierra Nevada College snowboard team traveled to Mammoth for the United Sates Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Regional contest.
The competitors were welcomed with sunshine and soft snow, making the conditions more than ideal for the weekend’s events, which included giant slalom, boardercross and slopestyle racing.
Challenged by rivals from Southern and Northern California schools, Sierra Nevada College (SNC) team members emerged victorious with the following results: Cameron Colenda placed first in GS and second in boardercross, while Ashley Vander Meer finished first and Jenise Spiteri second in both disciplines. Arielle Shipe earned third place in GS and fifth in boardercross. Slopestyle scores are still pending.
“Regionals was great,” said Vander Meer. “All the other schools were really friendly. Definitely looking forward to nationals and a bit tougher competition.”
The USCSA National Championship will take place in Sunday River ski resort, Maine, from March 6-11.
In order to participate for the national title, each team member must have four starts during the season. According to USCSA website, individuals must also compete in a regional event to be eligible. The regionals are the last requirement for team qualification.
Teams from all over the country will be present for this occasion, including the New York region, Mid-Atlantic region, Eastern region, Midwest, Western and Far West. At least 178 colleges are slated to compete.
The snowboarders will compete for the national title in the disciplines of boardercross, slopestyle, giant slalom and halfpipe.
“It is not as difficult as USASA growing up, but winning USCSA is definitely not easy,” Colenda said. “I would love to win GS and boardercross at nationals and do decent in slopestyle. I’m very excited for Sunday River. Should be interesting.”
The SNC snowboard team has brought home numerous titles in recent years, and this year’s squad looks more confident and prepared than ever.