U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced its 2018-19 team nominations at the end of May, and Ski & Snowboard Club Vail notched at least 23 current and former athletes to the national-team ranks, including several new additions for the upcoming season.
Among them is 16-year-old snowboarder and VSSA student Jack Coyne, who was nominated to the halfpipe Rookie Team. Coyne was able to solidify his spot on the national team with a stellar 2017-18 season that included a third-place halfpipe finish at the World Rookie Tour in Kaprun, Austria and a win at the Burton Qualifier Final in Seven Springs, Penn., in addition to outstanding results on the season-long Rev Tour.
Coyne joins SSCV alumni Jake Pates and Ryan Wachendorfer, who were both renominated to the Pro Team for halfpipe. Julia Marino, who was a full-time athlete with SSCV in 2014, was also named to the slopestyle Pro Team. In snowboard cross, SSCV alumna Faye Gulini rejoins the A Team for 2018-19.
On the alpine roster, SSCV advanced three athletes to the national squad: Nicola Rountree-Williams, Kyle Negomir and Cooper Cornelius. For Rountree-Williams, who was nominated to the D Team, season highlights included a GS win at the OPA Cup in Liechtenstein (formally Seven Nations), as well as pair of wins at the U16 Alpine National Championships at Mission Ridge in Washington.
Negomir and Cornelius jumped right up to the men’s C Team. Their seasons were topped off with outstanding performances in Sun Valley, where Cornelius snagged a fourth-place performance in the junior national giant slalom while Negomir matched that result in the slalom. Negomir, whose season was chronicled in the Vail Daily this spring, was also eighth in the GS national championship.
Ainsley Proffit, who trained and competed with SSCV from 2014 to 2017, was also newly named to the D Team.
The rookies join VSSA senior Nellie-Rose Talbot, who fought back from injury to retain her spot on the D Team.
Further up the totem pole, River Radamus got the bump up from C to B. He joins U.S. Ski Team veterans and SSCV alumni Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, who were renamed to the A Team.
In the freeski department, SSCV retained all of its current and former athletes from last season, including Sammy Schuiling on the Rookie Team, as well as Pro Team members — and Olympians — Alex Ferreira, Aaron Blunck and Annalisa Drew.
From the club’s powerhouse mogul squad, seven of the 17 skiers named to the national team for 2018-19 are alumni — and in many cases current athletes — of SSCV, as recently featured in the Vail Daily.
Vail native Tess Johnson will enjoy her first year as a member of the squad’s A Team, the top tier of the program, as will Ski & Snowboard Club Vail skier Casey Andringa. New York transplant Morgan Schild also secured her spot on the A team, despite the fact that her season had to be cut short due to injury.
On the B team, Casey Andringa’s brother Jesse will enjoy his first year as a member of the U.S. squad, joining his teammates Hunter Bailey, Emerson Smith and Dylan Walczyk.
Season highlights for the crew included Johnson winning her first-ever World Cup event, Schild hitting the World Cup podium on back-to-back days in Deer Valley, Utah, in January, and Casey Andringa’s journey from non-U.S. team competitor to top U.S. finisher at the Olympics in fifth place. Walczyk won the North America Cup overall title, and Jesse Andringa won the final North America Cup event of the season, securing their spots on the B team.