It was a day of firsts on Wednesday at Bristol Mountain.
Webster freshman GiGi Vasile finished no lower than fourth in each of her four runs to capture the Section V Alpine Skiing combined crown. The Victor girls capped a wonderful season with their first Class A team title, squeezing past rival Canandaigua by two points.
Marion/Sodus, in its first year as a combined team, cruised to the Class B team title.
“We talked to them a lot, till we were blue in the face, about how today is such a long day and how it is a marathon,” said Victor co-coach Jen Haggerty. “They really needed to keep their composure till the very last run, because it did come down to the very last kid in the very last run.”
“They really bought into the message this year – both the boys and the girls teams,” added Victor co-coach Joe Carey. “They both pushed each other. It’s been a phenomenal thing to see.”
Maddie Haggerty, Jen Haggerty’s daughter, led a balanced and consistent effort for the Blue Devils. The junior placed third in the morning giant slalom and seventh in the afternoon slalom.
Sophomores Alli DiGiacomo and Abbey DeBruyn also made the state team for Victor.
“I think we are really deep in numbers,” Haggerty said.
“As a team, all of us contributed,” DiGiacomo added.
“Everyone is consistent and we definitely pump each other up at the top of the mountain,” offered Haggerty, finishing the thought of her teammate.
Vasile, a student at Webster Thomas, finished second overall in the giant slalom and first in the slalom to earn the alpine combined crown.
“I’ve been working really hard,” Vasile said. “I just went out there relaxed and skied fast. I am very excited. It’s just amazing that I got to be a part of this.”
Her older brother, Joe, a sophomore at Webster Thomas, qualified for the Section V state team on Monday as his Webster team claimed the Class A title.
“It’s really exciting and awesome that we both made it considering how young we are,” Vasile said. “I really look up to him, especially in skiing.”
Canandaigua senior KG Norris finished first in each of the giant slalom runs and was first in the opening slalom run. She was 13th in the closing slalom run as the consistent Vasile just edged past for the alpine combined title.
“I think that I just didn’t let the pressure get to me and I just went for it,” said Norris, who qualified for her third state team and will ski at states with her sister Leah, a junior.
Keshequa’s Madison Carts placed first in the Class B giant slalom and second in the slalom. Allie Moore was first in the Class B slalom and second in the giant slalom to help Marion/Sodus claim the team title. The Marion/Sodus boys won the Class B team title on Monday.
Jen Haggerty, fighting back tears, pointed to her team’s unity as the driving force.
“I am so proud. We’ve been proud of them all year,” she said. “Today, and all year, we’ve been trying to get them to work together as a team. We’ve been explaining it over and over to them what it means to be a team. They really took it to heart today. They all really supported each other all day and skied the best they could.”