After a long season training and competing, about 30 South Shore athletes were invited to compete against the nation’s elite.
The best athletes from across the nation will convene on the USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain, Colo., on March 30 through April 9.
USASA competitors compete regionally in order to earn points in each discipline in their respective age groups. Their point totals earn them regional and national rankings, which at the end of each season can earn them an invite to USASA National Championships. USASA Nationals features the top 60-80 amateur athletes in each age group, in each discipline from regions across the country. This year, 514 total skiers registered to compete.
Among them will be some of South Shore’s brightest up-and-comers.
The athletes will compete in six different disciplines — slopestyle, halfpipe, boarder/skier cross, slalom, giant slalom and rail jam —as the United States of America Snowboard Association will host the 24th annual National snowboard and ski competition.
South Shore confirmed snowboard athletes are Megan King, Lauren Mccauley, Dustin Orr, Denver Orr, Clayton Pierce, Preston Hallen, Vincent Piccinonno, Cara Kellogg, Matt Jones, Alyson Rolita, Zippy Neil, David Mccutcheon, Wesley Dew, Triton Dew, Zephyr Dew, Randy Hess, Noah Kulchin, Anthony Piccinonno, Dick Shulze, Roger Carver, Julianne Brackett, Alexandra Morris and Natalie Vitalie.
Confirmed skiers for the South Shore USASA Series are Alec Bowman, Trevor Ricioli, Whitney Gardner, Jasper Donley, Sloane Niccoli, Jack Pierce, Sam Ward, Ethan Kulchin, Brendan Panelo, Oliver Yeomans, Iris Niccoli, Clayton Long, Cole Lyon, Jack Ryan, Jesse Eliot, Grant Ketels, Christopher Weir, Kathryn Alexander and Petra Van De Hey.
The USASA competitions formed the foundation for athletes to move on to bigger competitions at the national and international levels. The South Tahoe series is run by directors CarolAnne and Rob Gustina of On Course events. The series is open to all levels and ages of athletes and participants do not have to be part of an organized resort team to compete on the series. For more information or for those interested in competing next year, logon to www.usasa.org.