This past weekend, we attended the Beast of the East Rugby Tournament in Rhode Island. We played a total of four games and no matter who we went up against we were determined to work hard and not come back home empty handed. For the third year in a row, we are the D2 Women’s Plate winners!
Our record this past weekend:
UVM vs SUNY New Paltz 53- 0
UVM vs Rutgers 5- 15
UVM vs Marist 24-10
UVM vs Albany 10 - 7
Here are our results from the four events that we went to this weekend:
1. Thompson Trophy (hosted by Coast Guard Academy-18 teams total)
4th in A Division (Michael Zonnenberg ‘15 and Bridget Murphy ‘15)
5th in B Division (Jordan Factor ‘14 and Sara Anibal ‘14)
6th in C Division (Nate Jermain ‘15 and Meg MacKinnon ‘17)
2. President’s Trophy (hosted by Boston University-11 teams total)
5th in A Division (Megan Yeigh ‘16 and Eva Williford ‘14)
5th in B Division (Amina Brown ‘17 and Cat Mitchell ‘14)
3. Southern Series (hosted by Salve Regina University-8 teams
4th out of 16: Mike Kanare ‘16 and Carey Austin ‘17
10th out of 16: Brian Baker ‘17 and Alden Martin ‘16
4. Oberg Trophy (hosted by MIT-13 teams total)
6th in A Division (Michael Booker ‘15 and Lauren Jones ‘15)
4th in B Division (Steven Pelissier ‘14 and Hali Chesher ‘17)
3rd in C Division (OJ O’Connell ‘15 and James McCracken ‘17)
We were stoked to catch up with UVM Freeskiing Coach, Noah Labow, about the highlights from the UVMFST season:
We are very pleased to have competed in our first collegiate nationals , USCSA National Championships hosted by Whiteface Mountain. UVM attended the event with 4 female athletes and 2 male athletes. USCSA awards medals for individual and team competition in rail jam, skier x, slopestyle, and halfpipe(quarterpipe). The UVM men’s team skied well against a stacked field from the likes of Sierra Nevada, UC boulder, western state, and Westminster college. Dan Rosenblum was the top qualifier in slopestyle and finished 6th after a bobble to be blamed on the fresh snow of blizzard Vulcan. Dan also placed 9th in rail jam. Chris Stimpson battled the elements to finish 16th in slopestyle and 5th in the quarterpipe competition.
The UVM Freeskiing team ladies stole the show. Individual medals included silver in slopestyle and quarterpipe for team prez Gina Miele, and a national championship in skier x for junior Tami Razinger. As a team the ladies took second place in rail jam, second in quarterpipe, 3rd in skierx, and the UVM ladies were crowned team national champions on the slopestyle course!
We returned from lake placid to hold the third leg of our triple crown events series at Stowe on march 22nd. Then the team departed for the usasa national championships in copper Colorado from April 5-9. UVM sent myself, coach Noah Labow with 6 athletes to copper. Athletes Chris Stimpson and Chris Bateman competed in 19+ slopestyle competition and Stimpson brought home the silver medal. Junior Catherine ferguson hit the podium in second place for the open class rail jam, and junior Gina Meile won $250 for her silver medal performance in open class slopestyle. On the skier x course, Tami Razinger made the final heat but finished just off the podium in 4th place. And freshman Dan Rosenblum had awesome finishes in the very competitive open class field. This AFP silver level event holds world ranking implications and Rosenblum skied to finals in both slopestyle and halfpipe where he finished 9th and 5th respectively.
Cheers to a great season. We continue improving and look forward to another awesome season!
-Noah Labow, UVM Freeskiing Team Coach
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"This past weekend we traveled to UMass Amherst for our conference championship. We won the game 13-10, making us New England D1 conference champions, clinching our first ever playoff berth."
-Orion Willis, Men’s Lacrosse Press Representative
The Vermont Gymnastics club competed in NAIGC nationals last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is a national competition consisting over 900 club gymnasts from around the country. The men finished 19th out of 40 teams, one of UVM best placements in years. Junior, Brian Varga placed 31st in the all-around out of 300 competitors and competed in Rings finals placing 12th, just out of the medals. Sophomore, Doran Zimmerman posted the second highest score placing 78th. Senior and captain of the team, Max Ross competed in his final meet finishing his 8 year gymnastics career strong. The women’s team brought 12 competitors and had a strong line up on each event, placing 37th out of 47 teams. On vault Senior Sam Smith scored UVMs top score on this apparatus placing 17th. On Bars, Audrey Jones had a flawless routine scoring to top UVM score. Senior Courtney Logan had a great beam set, and stuck her routine. On floor, Danza Rodrigues stuck all four passes placing 11th in the session. Senior Leighann Ellis competed in Beam finals, sticking her whole beam routine, with perfect connections and placed 14th.
-UVM Gymnastics Team Press Representative, Brian Varga
This past weekend the UVM gymnastics team hosted the annual Groovy UV Meet at local gym; Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston.
From the men’s side of the meet, the men faced BU, MIT and the University of Southern Maine. The men had a strong meet, with Brian McGarry competing in his first gymnastics meet ever! UVM faced tough competition but ultimately did very well placing second to MIT.
For the women’s side of the meet, UVM faced BU and University of Southern Maine. The UVM women started on vault where all six girls landed their vaults and Junior gymnastics Danza Rodrigues received third place. The girls then moved to uneven bars where Junior Audrey Jones hit a great routine, re-entering line-up for the first time after studying in China for the past semester. Balance beam was next, where senior Leighann Ellis stuck her beam set and placed second. Finally the catamounts competed floor, all 6 of the girls landing each of their tumbling passes, sweeping the top three podium places. First place; Freshman Melody Salerno, second place; Sophomore Abby Weiskopf and third place went to Junior Danza Rodrigues. The UVM women’s gymnastics team came out on top in the team division, getting first place overall. The team will be traveling to Chattanooga on April 2nd for the National competition where they hope to carry over the success from this past weekend.
Traditionally, we recognize the seniors on the team who have shown dedication and love for the sport of gymnastics. This year we would like to recognize Sam Smith (captain), Courtney Logan (President), Leighann Ellis, Taylor Perrotta, and Kristin Bellis.
This past weekend, the Celtic Cats hosted their 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Ceili. The event was well-attended by students and members of the community. Lots of good food and entertainment was had by all. Everyone left with a little Irish spring in their step, well prepared to break out a traditional ceili with their friends!
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1. Friis Team Race: 6th out of 10 teams. Sailors: Nate Jermain,
Michael Zonnenberg, Michael Booker, Bridget Murphy, Cat Mitchell,
2. Admiral Moore Team Race: 8th out of 10 teams. Sailors: Jordan
Factor, Henry O'Brien, Adam Ceely, Sara Anibal, Travis Bobley, John
3. Southern Series: 4th out of 18 overall. 5th in A division (Megan
Yeigh and Eva Williford) and 5th in B division (Amina Brown and
The UVM Freeskiing team traveled to Lake Placid, New York for USCSA Nationals at Whiteface Mountain. Seven athletes and their coach were sent to compete. The competed in Park and Pipe events including quarter pipe, rail jam, slopestyle and skier cross during the weeklong event. The team left Burlington Monday morning and made a pit stop in Vergennes for a pre-comp meal. Travel went well, and the team arrived in New York a few hours later and explored the town of Lake Placid, checking out the olympic facilities from the 1980 winter olympics. Later on everyone got settled in and focused school work and getting rested and prepared for the week of competition.
Day two was an impressive day for the team.They woke up at 6 am and got to the mountain right away.After a short bib misplacement the skiers headed up the quad. Quarter Pipe heats started early morning and the athletes all finished strong. Team president Gina Miele pulled into second with a aired three and sophomore Chris Stimpson landed a 5th place finish even after losing a ski on the lip on a practice hit. All the ladies, Lexi Hanks, Aerianna Ford and Catherine Ferguson pulled top ten finishes with huge airs. After a (very) short lunch break the boys headed out to the rail jam. Dan Rosenblum, team freshman, cleaned up at the rail jam and placed ninth. The girls headed into their railjam heat next. All placed top ten, and Lexi Hanks pulled into 5th landing 1st team in rail jam by throwing a super smooth 2 on to the flat box while Catherine Ferguson sent it with her claim to fame one foot 50/50. Aerianna Ford had a super sweet tail press on the flat box. The day was long and the girls jam finished just in time to rush over to the Awards Ceremony in Lake Placid. They waited while other disciplines got awarded and after individual results they called team results where the ladies swept both second place finishes for team combined in Quarter Pipe and Rail Jam right behind Sierra Nevada College. The team headed back to the Inn and got a full lasagna meal provided by the Lyseks Hillcrest Inn, and their team Mom for the week Mrs.Lysek. After a few hours of school work the night ended in a heated chess match. (how exciting !)
Day three proved to be a powdery day for UVM’s Freeskiing team.They had one event today, Slopestyle. With another 6 am wake up today UVMFST caught first and second chair on the quad in the midst of the Vulcan storm. Even though they were considerably slowed down by the new powder, everyone rode their best. Dan Rosenblum hit a 6th place finish even after a bit of a slowdown on the first cannon feature. Gina Miele slipped into 3rd even after skipping the second jump because of the considerable powder slow down, with only four girls making it to finals she was guaranteed a top 4 podium. Aerianna, Tami Razinger, Catherine and Lexi all placed top ten. Today the ladies brought home a 1st place finish in team slopestyle, the first gold of the week ! After another long day at the mountain the team headed back to Lyseks and got a mexican fiesta of tacos, complete with mariachi music. The team relaxed tonight because there were no scheduled comps for the next day.
Day four was a late wake up, the team packed up and got to the mountain at around 11, they skied mostly the park because the top of the mountain proved to be way too cold. The bitter cold sent them inside a few times to warm up.( c’mon its march, 1 degree ?!) The camera died so unfortunately the only film from the week happened to be the outstanding singing done by the athletes in the van on the way to the mountain. A few team athletes left today and only the people left were the ladies planning on competing in skiercross the next day. The team split to head home and Gina, Tami, Catherine and Aerianna were left.
SKIER-X !! The girls got to the mountain and their time trials started around 9, all of the girls qualified for heats and had a few hours to wait in between for course maintenance and snowboarders. While Catherine and Gina hit the park Aerianna foreran the slalom course for the alpine discipline. Later on heats set themselves out and Tami Razinger pulled out the strongest and brought home the ONLY gold medal for individual for UVM. The girls placed 2nd overall team for Skiercross. It was a great day for FST ! That night the girls headed out to the Ski Jump area at Lake Placid for a USCSA BBQ. Former team member Ben Emery snatched a silver at the event. Aerianna and Tami came back to Burlington to finish off the week.
Gina Miele, team president, and Junior Catherine Ferguson stuck around to claim their 2nd place Team Overall Combined for the ladies at the banquet on saturday night. The ladies are now the runner up for the overall team combined freestyle team in the Nation ! Gina Miele took home a 1st team place finish grabbing 4th overall All-American. Aerianna, Catherine, Tami, and Lexi finished 6, 7, 8, 9 respectively in over all combined All-American, great job girls ! Dan Rosenblum slipped into 10th place overall All-American after his impressive finishes.
USCSA nationals proved to be a great trip for UVMFST. With impressive finishes in all categories they really got their team on the national radar. They met and skied with great people from across the country. Be sure to stay up to date on the UVMFST athletes and their competitions via their facebook. Cant wait for next years nationals !!
Words by UVMFST President, Gina Miele
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Check out our UVM Celtic Cats! They held a great St. Patrick’s Day event over the weekend, but don’t worry - you can still catch them performing with Orchesis at the end of the month.