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AVSC freestylers pick up high marks at Highlands

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN Simone Augspurger’s two podium finishes highlighted a strong weekend for Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s devo freestyle team last Saturday and Sunday at Aspen Highlands.Skiers ages 6 through 14 from throughout the Rocky Mountain Division battled it out with AVSC’s best in aerials on Saturday, followed by moguls on Sunday.Augspurger’s best result of the weekend came Saturday when she topped the J3 (13-14) girls field in aerials, winning with a score of 36.24. The mark was seven points higher than her nearest competitor.”Simone is always the first one here and the last to leave and her effort is paying off,” AVSC coach Lynn Merriam said in a club news release. In the J4 (11-12) contest, AVSC’s Hallie Stuart won bronze and teammate Annabelle Wilcox finished fourth.”Hallie’s result was a big one,” Merriam said. “Reaching the podium in upright aerials is a definite milestone.”Ruby Lang finished fifth in the J5 (9-10) age class just weeks after switching from competitive ski racing to freestyle.Augspurger followed up her win Sunday with a second-place finish in the moguls. In the J4 contest, Stuart had what Merriam called the “the run of the day” to finish fifth.AVSC’s boys were led by Joseph Kistner’s third-place finish in the J4 aerials.Kistner’s teammates, Will Masters and Lawson Pisani, finished eighth and ninth, respectively. “Joseph floated a beautiful 720 off the biggest air jump on the hill,” Merriam said. “He was less than a point behind the first-place finisher.” Kinley Niebur just missed the podium in the J5 aerials, finishing fourth after sticking a nice air with a grab.Noah Wescott-Shamis, Joseph Lang and Connor MacDermott took eighth, ninth and 10th for the J5s.AVSC skiers dominated the youngest J6 (7-8 year-old) age category in aerials. Tyler Turchin, Soren Lindholm and James Kistner took the top three podium spots, respectively.”Our guys were excited and ready to perform in front of the judges,” Merriam said.In moguls, AVSC’s J4 boys struggled. Mac Baudin-Grandy’s 10th-place result was the best turned in all day. Masters finished 11th and Thomas Hooker was 12th out of 30 competitors. Lindholm took first place for the J6s and teammate Ryan Hooker finished third.


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