Q&A With Head Ski Coach Skip Fox Recapping The ECSC Regionals
Feb. 25, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass Women's Ski Team captured a trip to the USCSA Nationals next weekend after their fifth place finish in last weekend's ECSC Regionals. The Minutewomen placed three skiers in the top-15 during both days of the Regionals. The Men's team, the defending USCSA National Champions, will not be returning to the Nationals after their sixth place finish over the weekend. The Minutemen had a tough day in Saturday's Slalom, finishing in ninth place before recovering with a second place finish in the Giant Slalom.
Coach Fox's general thoughts on last weekend's ECSC Regionals:
The men however, had a day in the slalom on Saturday that just could not happen, but did. In the USCSA Regional's 5 people race per team and the best 3 times are used to calculate the finish for the day. Then the place points for each day are added together and the 5 teams with the lowest point totals are invited to the Nationals. The good news for the men was that Alex Zahoruiko received an individual invitation to the Nationals for his two day combined results.
What went wrong with the men's team in Saturday's Slalom?
In the second run Coach Fox and Coach Anderson and the entire men's team knew what had to be done, just stand up and finish the course and they'd be OK. So senior co-captain Zahoruiko (North Andover, Mass.) came down conservatively and finished in seventh place. Then came junior Travis Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.) raced down and he completed the course in 17th place.
All Stefan Ogle had to do was ski the course and the Minutemen would be OK, not where they wanted to be, but OK. Stefan came out of the start determined to finish as per Coach Anderson's instructions. Then 15 gates into the course something that never happens, happened, Stefan's rear binding literally broke in half. He would have finished the 54 gate course on one leg and one ski, but that is against the rules. The Minutemen were doomed to ninth place for the day because their 3rd time was a ghost time, which equals the worst time of the day plus 10 %.
How did the Minutemen recover in Sunday's Giant Slalom?
Coach Fox's thoughts on the Minutewomen's route to the USCSA Nationals: