Bowman collects halfpipe title at USASA Nationals |

Bowman collects halfpipe title at USASA Nationals

Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe has secured the first title for the South Shore competitors at the 2009 USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colo.

Bowman, 15, convincingly won the skier halfpipe title in the girls’ 11-15 division Monday. She was 16.7 better than the runner-up. She was followed by three Mammoth Lakes competitors.

Bowman recently finished sixth at the U.S. Freestyle Championships at Squaw Valley.

The five-day event for snowboarders and skiers continues through Friday.

Seasoned competitors from the South Tahoe Snowboard Series performed well in the boardercross qualifying Monday.

Nancy Ng of South Lake Tahoe recorded the top trial time in the master women (30-39 division). Adam Neil of Zephyr Cove posted the fastest trial time in the legend men (40-49) division, and Donna Vano did likewise in the kahuna women (50-59). Zippy Neil of Zephyr Cove was sixth among kahuna women, while Chris Brackett ranked seventh in the master men’s class.

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South Shore’s Joshua Brackett was seventh in the ruggie boys (7 and under) boardercross and Anthony Piccinonno eighth.

In the grommet boys’ (8-9) division, David Riegel was seventh and Josiah Brackett 14th.

In the slalom, Dwayne Davis of South Lake Tahoe was 15th in the open men’s class, while 14-year-old Julianne Brackett was 15th in the open women’s division.

In skier halfpipe for boys 10 and under, Trenton Leonard came in 15th place.

In slopestyle, Taylor Chatwin of South Lake Tahoe missed the podium by half a point in breaker girls (12-13) slopestyle, placing fourth. Janessa Brackett of South Lake Tahoe was eighth.

Amy Purdy, 29, of the South Shore took third place in the adaptive women’s slopestyle division.