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Swaffield leads K1 team at Westerns

K2 girls sweep Enquist slalom



The Whistler Mountain Ski Club sent a full squad to the Kal Tire K1 Westerns at Silver Star last weekend, one of two major races along with the provincials that will determine who will get to represent B.C. and Canada at the Rio Tinto Alcan Whistler Cup in April.

So far Emma Swaffield looks to be a shoo-in, winning two gold medals and a silver, and placing fourth in another event to take the overall title for B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.

"My coaches kept telling me to focus on my skiing instead of the results and I think that is how the results came," said Swaffield. "And it wasn't raining!" she added, alluding to earlier events that have been delayed or cancelled because of the weather.

On the boys K1 side (ages 11 and 12), Kasper Woolley was the top WMSC skier, placing third overall with a bronze in the slalom and a silver medal in the kombi.

There were two of each kind of race, but results were kept separately for each competition. The second Kombi races were cancelled on Sunday because of time issues.

In the first giant slalom on Friday, Laura Swaffield placed first in a field of over 70 racers, finishing a full second faster than the next racer. The other K1 in the top 15 was Gabrielle Smith in 12th.

Swaffield was a DNF in the second race. Gabrielle Smith moved up to ninth.

In the first boys' GS, Finn Iles cracked the podium for the WMSC in third place out over more than 80 racers. He was the only WMSC skier to crack the top 15.

In the second race, Kasper Woolley placed fifth, and Finn Iles was eighth.

In the slalom on Saturday, Laura Swaffield placed second in the first race and fourth in the second. She was the only WMSC skier in the top 15 in either race.

For the boys, Max Krishenblatt led the way in the first race in fifth place, with Finn Iles in ninth. Kasper Woolley was third in the second race, and Finn Iles solid once again in seventh.

That left only the Kombi race, a new format that was created to combine all the elements of different racing styles. At Silver Star, the course was designed like a ski cross, with a few gate sections thrown in.

Swaffield finished on top once again, and was once again the only Whistler skier in the top 15.

For the boys, Kasper Woolley picked up the silver medal. Kyle Alexander was 13th, after starting with Bib 47.