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Ski teams improve to 2-0

by Andrew Moser

February 01, 2012

Both Holly/Oxford ski teams moved to 2-0 on the season following victories over Flint Powers last week.

The boys won 21-62, while the girls pulled out a 32-43 victory.

"Our team skied well, and it's pretty obvious in the results," varsity ski head coach Phil Nimmo said. "The guys - one, two, three, five, seven in slalom, and one, two, three, four, five in GS (giant slalom)."

"For the girls, it's nice to start the season off at 2-0," Nimmo added.

Leading the way for the boys in the slalom was Holly senior Spencer McKay, who blistered the course in 56.09 seconds. Oxford senior Alex Schultz was a full second behind in second (57.13), while freshmen Lars Joergens-Kokate was third (58.16). Holly senior Dalton Sink rounded out the top five.

In the giant slalom, Schultz beat out McKay by four one-hundredths of a second for first place. Schultz finished in 47.67 seconds, while McKay crossed the finish line in 47.71.

Sink was not too far behind in third, crossing the line in 47.86 seconds. Rounding out the top five were Oxford sophomore Greg Schultz (48.36 seconds) and Joergens-Kokate (48.69 seconds).

For the girls, Holly senior Rachel Harrington finished first in both the slalom and giant slalom. She finished the slalom in 1:02.84, and giant slalom in 49.73.

Wildcat junior Abby Wrobel finished fourth in the slalom (1:11.04) and giant slalom (53.46). Sophomore Iida Mantyla placed fifth in the slalom (1:11.39) and giant slalom (53.53.) Rounding out the top performers in the slalom was Oxford junior Alyssa Wysocki, who finished sixth in a time of 1:12.83.

Holly junior Jessie Felix was sixth in the giant slalom, finishing in a time of 54.66.

When asked if the weather was affecting the team, Nimmo said it was.

"There has been enough snow on the hill to race, but the snow has been really weird," Nimmo said. "It makes it really challenging to ski (the way) you usually ski in a normal winter."

Nimmo said it was raining during the races on January 26. Despite the lack of real snow, Nimmo said he prefers the man-made snow when it comes to racing. "It's icier, faster, and a little bit harder, which is what we kind of look for as ski racers," he said. "The natural snow is usually sticky and slower."