Posted: Mar 11, 2017
BEND, OREGON – UMaine Farmington's snowboarding team finished the 2017 U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National Championships for the boardercross GS race.
The last day at the USCSA National Championships at Mt. Bachelor Oregon once again saw some heavy precipitation and terrific riding despite the conditions.
The Men's Slopestyle hosted the Freeskiers today and UMF was strongly represented by Sophomore Ben Amburgey and Junior Quinn Fogarty who slayed the course. Quinn ran early in the heats and started with a switch tail butter 270 on the down flat down followed by a blind 270 on the flat bar, his first jump was a floaty leftside 360 then on the money booter he stomped a cork 540 to land him in 24th position in a field of 60. Ben pulled out all the stops with a unique Wallie ski slide on the down box followed by a front 270 on the flat rail. His first jump trick was a snappy over shifty 180 and then a right side 360 which landed him in the 21st spot. Most notably was the fact that Ben received the distinguished award of Second Team Scholar All-American.
The Men's snowboard side headed over to the Giant Slalom course on lower Leeway Trail where Freshmen Connor Dunn tore up the course and finished in an impressive 17th position in a field of 69 riders. Connor, more importantly has been crowned a Second Team Scholar All-American and has been an extremely valuable addition to the UMF Snowboard team.
The Snowboard Women also raced the technical Giant Slalom course with an extremely heavy field of competitors. UMF Sophomore Whitney LeMay once again turned heads with her skillful riding and magical touch of board control and quite aggression. Her humble demeanor and focused drive landed her in an extremely impressive 4th place overall with a best time of 52.61 which bettered her first run by nearly 3 seconds. Her extraordinary efforts gained her another First Team All-American and Second Team Scholar All-American.
Most importantly is the fact that these young student athletes are establishing the ground work for future UMF students in not just Snowboarding and Freeskiing, but also in academics successes. In doing so they have set the bar at an extremely high level for future team members. If you're a fan of these fascinating sports be sure to stay tuned because, in the words of coach Barry Tripp " You ain't seen nothing yet, these young student athletes have drive and determination unmatched in the college arena"