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KMS student-athletes post multiple podium results at regional events

Killington Mountain School (KMS) student-athletes were in various states in the Northeast this past weekend, Feb. 9-10, picking up multiple podium spots in a variety of disciplines.

The freeskiing team travelled to Seven Springs, Penn., for the second Rev Tour stop of the season. Steady winds threw an additional challenge at the athletes all week, but both KMS seniors Dan Rosenblum, of Stamford, Conn., and Ari Schneider, of Rutland, were able to put those challenges aside and ski their way into halfpipe finals.

Rosenblum and Schneider both "stomped" their finals run, according to the coaches, and the judges agreed-Rosenblum took second and Schneider seventh in the event.

As competition turned to slopestyle, it was freshman Tec Calcagni, of Rutland, who led the way, putting down an impressive pair of runs and missing finals by just one spot.

After a brief stop in Killington, the team headed to Sunday River for the Maine Open, the third stop in the East Free Tour. Weather forced cancellation of the halfpipe event, but the team responded with seven top-10 results from Sunday's two slopestyle events. Seventh-grader Chloe Pultar led the team with a pair of second-place finishes, while junior Jack Sylvester took third in both men's events. Calcagni took fifth in the first and seventh in the second competition, while pipe specialist Rosenblum was able to step up in the second competition with an eighth-place finish.

In a double-header race day with both slalom and giant slalom races, the KMS Snowboarding Team collected three podiums at Bromley. P.J. Goodwin won both the slalom and the giant slalom in her age class, while Gavin Ferguson took third in his.

Senior Allison Benedict travelled to Europe for Europa Cup moguls competitions and took a pair of top-10 finishes at France's La Rosiere, earning fourth in Tuesday's moguls competition and 10th in Wednesday's dual moguls event. She is currently headed to Valmenco, Italy, for another Europa Cup competition. With her experience in last year's World Junior Championships there, she will be ready to apply her knowledge of the hill in this competition.

In a pair of Eastern Championship Series events at Waterville Valley, KMS competitors captured seven podiums and 14 top-10 finishes. Freshman Trevor Wahl, of Furlong, Penn., led the way with a win on Saturday and was joined on the men's podium by sophomore Myles Frendel, while sophomore Abe Studler rounded out their top 10; Hannah Soar led the women with a second-place finish, just edging third-place Kat Spilman and fourth-place Christina O'Brien, of Pittsfield, while Georgia Wood landed in seventh and Olivia Giaccio, of Chittenden, just missed the top 10. Wood led the way on Sunday, winning the women's event, while Frendel took second for the men and Soar rounded out the podium count with a third-place finish in the women's event. Studler and Wahl just missed the men's podium, while Ali Dibase and O'Brien rounded out the top 10, with John Lauria ending the day in 11th.

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