Trevor Ricioli, Donna Vano win USASA National titles on final day
April 11, 2009
South Shore riders and skiers concluded their stays Friday at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colo., with seven additional podium performances, including two titles.
In the open skier division boardercross, South Lake Tahoe residents Trevor Ricioli and Kyle Kracht duked it out for the national title with Ricioli emerging first.
Rodger Carver of Placerville and Bobby Minghini of South Lake Tahoe went 1-2 in the men’s open class boardercross.
Julianne Brackett was runner-up in the open women’s boardercross, propelling her to the overall title in the division. In slopestyle, Brackett finished 10th out of 23 competitors.
Competitors weren’t limited to boardercross on a busy final day. Slopestyle, GS, halfpipe and slalom events were held as overall titles were decided.
Donna Vano stomped the kahuna women’s 50-59 division, posting a top slopestyle run of 81.8. Her nearest competitor was 30.1 points behind.
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Nancy Ng was second in halfpipe in the master women’s 30-39 class, while Chris Brackett delivered a ninth-place result in the master men’s 30-39 division.
Vano and Ng each were runaway overall winners for their divisions, while Brackett was fourth.
In the adaptive women’s division, Amy Purdy of South Lake finished runner-up in GS. Purdy brought home a second-place overall medal.
In the ruggie boys’ 7-and-under division slopestyle, South Lake Tahoe’s Zennon Chatwin placed fourth, Anthony Piccinonno came in 11th and Joshua Brackett was 13th. In the final over standings for the division, Piccinonno was fourth, Chatwin fifth and Brackett sixth.
South Lake Tahoe’s David Riegel topped most of a 37-rider slopestyle field in placing 13th in the grommet boys’ 8-9 division.
South Lake Tahoe’s Taylor Chatwin put down a podium-worthy halfpipe performance in the breaker girls’ 12-13 division but wound up fifth. Her score of 83 was only 3.3 points out of third place. Janessa Brackett of South Lake Tahoe was 12th and Jessica Benefiel of Stateline came in 17th.
The fifth-place result helped Chatwin finish third in the overall scoring, while Brackett finished fourth and Benefiel 12th.
Also on Friday, John Retta of South Lake Tahoe came in 34th place in boardercross and Tanner Hart was 38th in the open men’s class slopestyle, which had 63 competitors.