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Underclassmen lift Ski team to State competition

By Noah Rivkin
Published: March 2010

The Ski team is on the rise after a successful season on the slopes.

After five Dual County League meets, the Ski team sent three skiers, two from the Boys’ team and one from the Girls’ team, to the State Meet on March 3.

In order to qualify for the State meet, a skier has to rank within the top 15 skiers in the league. Placing twelfth and thirteenth respectively, sophomore Jonah Seifer and freshmen Josh Sapers both qualified for the States.

This accomplishment is a very important milestone for a Ski program on the rise.

Last year, only two skiers, graduates Ben Seifer and Alex Waltz, qualified for States. Three members of the 2010 squad participated in the competition.

Freshman Suzy Landon, who had never skied for a scholastic team, will be a vital piece of the Ski program for the next four years.

If there is anything more remarkable than South sending three skiers to the State meet, it would be that out of those three, two of them are freshman.

Both freshmen, Landon and Sapers, have impressed many by qualifying in their freshmen year. Most will agree that this is not an easy feat for an athlete at any age.

Since they are both freshmen, they benefited from each other, by motiviating and inspiring each other while in preparation for the big meet.

“It helped when you had someone who was your age skiing and practicing with you, Landon said.

The effects of having underclassmen qualify for prestigious competitions such as States has changed the way the coaches focus on their skiers.

“Since the underclassmen have started to greatly achieve, the [coach's] focus is on the newer racers, freshman Ali Rozenswieg said.

However, just because the focus falls more heavily on the younger skiers does not mean that the upperclassmen skiers did not succeed.

The accomplishments of this year’s Ski team came as a surprise and showed unexpected growth in comparison to last year’s team.

The developments of Seifer, Landon and Saper should help the team experience continued success in the future.

As they get new skiers, these growing athletes will have the expertise to help them improve.

The Ski Team has created a new name for itself among the many competitive sports at the school.

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