The Mustang’s qualified a quick learning and inexperienced team second out of MHSAA Regional’s and with strong leadership was hoping to make an impact at the stacked D2 State Championships. It didn’t fully materialize for Marian but there was a lot of experience gained and several notable performance among the teammates.
Olivia Weymouth, senior captain, was looking to back her previous D1 State podium and title finishes with strong skiing once more. She led off with the lead after the first slalom race and then put in a commanding performance on the more technical second set. Olivia’s efforts took her to an astonishing 2.50 second overall win in the morning SL racing. Olivia had been showing largely improved slalom skills all season with very large margin victory’s down state and she took those honed skills to her first MHSAA Slalom Individual State Championship.
The afternoon giant slalom events are where she had prospered in the past having been first team All-State as a freshman, splitting run wins for second overall as a sophomore and last year’s D1 State Champion. the first GS run Olivia took a lead once more. The second run was a very tight 18 meter and oddly laid out course set. It had several of her top competitors changing their skis over to short radius skis to contend with the out of the ordinary course. Olivia maintained her 23 meter GS skis and ultimately took her second MHSAA GS State Individual title in a row.
Olivia finishes off her Marian career as a three time individual State Champion and six time first team All-State athlete. Olivia’s hard work also paid off in the classroom with an Academic All-State award this season. This puts Olivia up with such former Marian standout racers as Katie Thibodeau, also a three time individual champion, the Lunghammer and Streng sisters and her own sister Paige Weymouth.
The Mustang’s inexperience showed at times on the hard icy surface, large pitch, rolling terrain and long flats of Boyne Mountains Superbowl and FIS race hills. It also allowed a couple first year athletes for Marian to shine and show that they will be ready to take the team lead over next season. The morning slalom event proved challenging and problematic for the Mustang’s. First year junior racer Tessy Klein was able to break through the stress and conditions to put in two hard fought finishes for 42nd overall. Tessy had never skied in a race gate seven weeks ago and now she is finishing as the second scorer for the Mustangs at States. Sophomore Ainslie Vanneste had a small fall in run one leaving her in 58th. With nerves settled she made one of her absolute best slalom runs on the far more technical second set. Ainslie finshed 34th in the second run for 43rd overall. The number four scorer, junior Lauren Scolari performed as she has become expected to do and that is put two consistent runs together for a score. Lauren put together two 54th place runs to finish 55th overall. Unfortunately junior Emily Anshuetz and sophomore Kara Sigler both had DNF finishes.
As a team the Mustang’s skied very consistently between each of their runs in GS. This first opportunity at States for all but Olivia will help propel them forward in seasons to come. Tessy Klein was once more the second scoring athlete for Marian with two 52nd run finishes for 51st overall. Tessy concluded an amazingly quick learning curve with states this season. Ainslie Vanneste continued to show her own fast growth curve by taking two consistent 55th run finishes which was for 53rd overall. Fourth scoring athlete was new racer sophomore Lauren Dee. Lauren earned a starting spot after the JV Don Thomas Cup and her two podium overall finishes there. Since that time she has been a consistent varsity scoring athlete for Marian. At States it was no different where she put together two runs for 56th overall. Emily Anshuetz was 62nd overall and Lauren Scolari was 64th.
Marian’s team season concludes with six individual titles from Divisional, Regional and State Championships. Add two more for the Catholic League Championships. The younger and new racers improved quickly and were very productive in driving their team towards several life time experiences and continued success in the future.
Individually, Olivia Weymouth will be representing the State of Michigan and the Marian Mustang’s as the number one qualifier for the US High School National Championships in Attitash New Hampshire March 7th through 10th.