News release date: March 6, 2004

Men's Snowboard Team Wins Fourth Consecutive National Title

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The Whitman College men's snowboard team wrapped up its fourth consecutive national title on Friday at the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine.

Meanwhile, the Whitman women's team finished third in its all-around competition.

After winning the parallel-giant slalom on Thursday, the Whitman men placed third in the team scoring in Friday's halfpipe competition. Combined results from the two events gave Whitman its fourth straight all-around title.

Jon Heras, a Whitman junior from Tacoma, Wash., paced the Missionary men in the halfpipe competition, placing fifth with 22.9 points from the four judges. He finished just a half-point out of second place. The University of California-Santa Barbara's Justin Calbert took first place with 28.3 points.

Hunter Benedict, a Whitman sophomore from Canby, Ore., finished 13th with 14.1 points. Also placing for Whitman were seniors Sean Lee-Seibels, who was 17th with 9.8 points, and James Caron, who was 23rd with 6.8 points.

In the men's halfpipe team scoring, UC-Santa Barbara was first with 14 place points for its top three finishers. The University of Idaho was second with 23 points and Whitman third with 35 points.

The Whitman women's squad placed placed fourth in its halfpipe competition on Friday. The University of Idaho was first with 16 points, four points in front of second-place UC-Santa Barbara. Castleton State College was third with 27 points, four points ahead of Whitman.

Kristin Fade, a first-year competitor from Medina, Wash., led Whitman in the halfpipe event, placing sixth in the individual scoring with 17.3 points. Juli Armstrong, a senior from Eastsound, Wash., finished 10th with 15.1 points. Two sophomores, Jill DeVleming (Clarkston, Wash.) with 12.1 points and Lindsey Case (Port Angeles, Wash.) with 9.5 points, placed 15th and 18th, respectively.

Kerri MacLaurey, a Whitman sophomore from Weston, Vt., missed the halfpipe competition after suffering an ankle injury early in the week.

In the all-around team scoring, the Whitman men won its national title with four place points in the two events. UC-Santa Barbara and Idaho tied for second place with six points each.

In the women's all-around, Whitman finished third with six place points in the two events. UC-Santa Barbara was first with three points and Idaho second with four points.

In the men's all-around individual scoring, Alex Scherbatskoy, a Whitman freshman from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., placed third with 25 points, even though he competed in only one of the two events. Scherbatskoy won the men's parallel-giant slalom event on Thursday but was unable to compete in the halfpipe because of an existing knee injury.

Whitman's James Caron, who placed second to Scherbatskoy in the parallel-giant slalom, finished in a tie for fourth place in the all-around scoring with 20 points. Heras placed 10th in the all-around with 11 points.

In the women's individual all-around, Fade placed sixth with 16 points while DeVleming tied for ninth with 11 points.

Several Missionaries earned All-American honors by placing one through five (first team), sixth through 10th (second team) or 11th through 15th (honorable mention).

Four members of the women's team and three members of the men's team also received Academic All-American honors. Juli Armstrong made the first team, Kerri MacLaury was on the second team, and Jill DeVleming and Lindsey Case earned honorable mention. Alex Scherbatskoy and Sean Lee-Seibels made the men's second team, while Hunter Benedict received honorable mention.

This year's USCSA championships took place at the Sugarloaf/USA ski area in the heart of Maine's Carrabassett Valley.

For a March 4, 2004, news release on the national championships, please click here.

For a news release on the 2003 snowboard national championships, please click here.

For a news release on the 2002 snowboard national championships, please click here.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
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