By Stan Pawlik
This past weekend, five members of the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team traveled to Lake Placid for an Eastern Championship Series mogul event. This event had them competing on the same mogul course that the World Cup was held on two days earlier. It was a long, steep and icy course that proved to be very challenging. Saturday’s training went well for the group and all team members were pleased with their progress on the course. The single mogul event was held on Sunday and all three HVFT girls had top 20 results. Both Morghan and Lauryn Socha narrowly missed out on a top 10 finish. Morghan led the way with an 11th place result, while Lauryn finished right behind her in 12th. Kaitlyn McGuire also had a good day and in 15th place.
In the men’s competition, Mike McGuire and Bryce Butler represented Holiday Valley. Both skied well throughout the long and difficult middle section. Mike had a good run and finished in 22nd place while Bryce skied well, but had a couple of breaks which affected his score. Bryce finished the event in 41st place.
The dual competition was held Monday. This is a competition where you compete head-to-head against another competitor. The person with the best run will advance to the next round. This proved to be a difficult day for many competitors. There were several crashes and many top skiers were eliminated. Kaitlyn, Mike and Bryce represented Holiday Valley and all skied well. All three advanced to the round of 16.