ALPINE SKIING: Nevada Union gears up for state championships
After a season filled with rescheduled races and wild weather, the Nevada Union alpine ski team is ready to shred at the CNISSF State Championships held at Northstar Wednesday.
Nevada Union is sending 10 Miners to the state competition where they hope to reach the podium and bring home yet another banner.
Last year, the NU boys team placed 10th at the state races and the girls placed fourth to give the team an overall finish of sixth. This year the boys team will be sending four skiers to the competition, and the girls will be sending six, two of which are alternates.
“The girls team is really strong this year,” said Nevada Union coach Alexandra McDowell.
Leading the girls team will be seniors Tera Arenchild and Sarah Brennan as well as sophomores Zoe Cohen and Dannah Fournier. Alternates include Sara Thomas and Lena Kellermann.
Brennan, Arenchild and Cohen all competed at last year’s state competition.
Brennan placed fifth in the slalom and 11th in the giant slalom at last year’s event, earning her All-State honors.
“Sarah Brennan has so much experience and she had an awesome season this year,” said McDowell.
For Brennan, who has been skiing since she was 2-years-old, she just wants to have fun at her third and final trip to the state races
“I just kind of have fun and let what happens happen,” she said. “I would like to get top 10 and hopefully the girls team will get on the podium.”
Cohen earned All-State honors as a freshman at last year’s state races, placing 18th in the giant slalom and earning eighth in the slalom.
“Zoe is a such a solid strong skier,” McDowell said. “I can totally rely on her to have a top-five finish every race… She’s getting really enthusiastic and confident out there.”
For Cohen, she hopes to fare well at the competition and maybe overcome a competitive rival.
“I’d like to do my best in general and there is a girl from Davis that has beat me a couple times this year who I would like to pass up at state,” Cohen said.
Arenchild is making her third trip to the state meet, a place where she took 31st in both the slalom and giant slalom last season. Arenchild will only be racing in the slalom event this year.
“I’ve been a more aggressive skier this year,” she said. “I’ve gotten a lot better. Before I only free skied, I just started racing in high school and because of that I crashed more trying to go harder.”
Arenchild added her passion for skiing fuels her drive to get better.
“I love it. I love the snow. I love the cold. And, I love being in the mountains,” she said. “I’m really passionate about it, so it’s fun to work harder at it and become better at it.”
Fournier is making her first trip to the state championships and will be competing in both the giant slalom and slalom events.
“Dannah is really competitive,” McDowell said. “She’s not afraid to go all out. You have to have that edge if you want to go that fast.”
On the boys side, Nevada Union is sending Wyatt Curtis, Keegan Zetterberg, Judah Good and Luke Ericson. Zetterberg, a senior, and Good, a freshman, will both be competing in the slalom and giant slalom events.
“I’m looking to absorb the experience,” said Good. “I’m also kind of hoping to be able to say I placed in the top-10 at states. That would be a super cool thing for me to be able to say as a freshman.”
Zetterberg said he hadn’t yet set any goals for the state races, other than reaching high speeds on the mountain and taking in the scenery.
“Overall I just want to go fast,” he said. “I just like being in the mountains.”
Curtis will be racing slalom, and Ericson will be competing in the giant slalom race.
“The boys are a building team,” said McDowell. “With Judah (Good) being a freshman. He’s a super strong skier and I expect he will continue to improve. We also have some really solid juniors on the team that I’m sure will be qualifying for states next year.”
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