Rowmark Academy’s Junior Program led by director Troy Price had one of its most successful years to date. Close to 60 Rowland Hall students make up the Junior Program, which ranges from kindergarten to eighth grade. Students competed in many local, regional, national, and international competitions throughout the season. The main focus, as always, is improving skiing skills, having fun with classmates, providing professional coaching, and fostering a lifelong appreciation for skiing and the outdoors.
The Rowmark Junior Program has qualified many athletes to championship events, and their success at those events makes Coach Price proud. “It reflects students’ and coaches’ hard work, and the strong community support from their parents and Rowland Hall,” Coach Price explained.
Recent events include:
The U14 Western Region Championships held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the athletes competed with the best U14s in the Western United States. Rowmark athletes persevered through tough and inconsistent conditions, and made their way to the finish line. Some of the athletes had their best finishes of the season at this event. Tommy Hoffman raced to a 1st place finish, Carter Louccheim to a 5th place, Zoe Michaels reached 5th place, and Danika Mannelin finished with a 9th place. Congratulations to the athletes who qualified for the U14 Western Region Championships: Carter Louchheim, Jimmy Bocock, Tommy Hoffman, Danika Mannelin, Ellie Nichols, and Zoe Michael.
“A huge shout out to the parents for supporting the Rowmark athletes and allowing them to continue to chase their dreams—thank you so much!” Coach Felicia Discoe said.
The U14/U16 Tri-Divisional Championships were held at Snowbird the weekend of March 17-20. Nick Orfanakis reached the podium in 3rd place. Ben Kanter finished with a 6th place, and Academy athlete and fellow Rowland Hall Middle School student Eliza Hodgkins won the slalom and placed 2nd in the giant slalom (GS) to become the overall winner of the event. Congratulations to athletes who qualified: Ben Kanter, Nick Orfanakis, Garrett Glasgow, Dagny Brickson, and Charlotte Altman.
The All Stars and All Mountain Rippers (AMR) had a fantastic season culminating in the Intermountain Division (IMD) Championships at Brundage Mountain in McCall, Idaho. Seven U12s and three U10 Rowmark skiers qualified for the Championships. The U10s came out strong with a 2nd place in Duel GS by Jack Zipp and a 3rd place finish in the slalom by Alan Dugan. The U12s skied to some personal bests against a tough field with the top kids from Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Congratulations to the athletes who qualified: Jack Zipp, Alan Dugan, Henry Cunningham, Remy Mickelson, Ian Hanrahan, Ford Hodgkins, Frank Stearns, Kate Altman, Arden Louchheim, and Mei Mei Johnson.
Youth Ski League Championships
One of the larger groups of the Junior Program, the AMRs had a fantastic season competing in South Series and Youth Ski League (YSL) competitions throughout the Wasatch Range. The YSL Championships in Brianhead was successful for the Rowmark athletes. They all demonstrated their progress by skiing to their ability level and beyond. Jack Schwartz, Morgan Jacquin, and Lucy Nolan all had the best performances/results of the year.
Tommy Hoffman, Madison Hoffman, Danika Mannelin, and Coach Troy Price traveled to Folgria, Italy, to compete in the International Children’s race called “Topolino.” This historical yearly event is an amazing opportunity for the skiers. Athletes from 35 countries attended and amounted to an extremely high caliber of competition. This was a remarkable experience for our students, and they rose to the challenge. Danika Mannelin had strong results and placed 22nd, and Tommy Hoffman skied his way to 8th place. “Tommy and Danika both had tremendous success at their Regional Champs the following week,” Coach Price said. “This European experience has pushed them to a new level.”
We still have a few more spring races on our schedule. Tommy Hoffman qualified for U16 Nationals held at Snowbird March 29 through April 2. Zoe Michaels and Danika Mannelin will attend the Whistler Cup April 1-3. The eighth graders have a spring series at Snowbird April 6-10. The season concludes with the annual awards banquet April 21. The Rowmark Junior Program is already planning next year's schdule and will be back on snow on June 11 for the annual summer ski camp in Mammoth, California.
Special thanks to all the parents for creating a community culture as the team focuses on the long-term goals of character development and utilizing ski racing as a tool to teach many life lessons.