One Olympic qualifier left for Ferguson
Amesbury native Dylan Ferguson competed in the fourth of five Olympic qualifiers for the United States Olympic freestyle ski team yesterday, although he did not post a performance that will help in his quest to earn a spot on the Olympic team. Ferguson placed 17th overall and third among Americans at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec City.
Ferguson will compete in the final Olympic qualifier this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the USANA Freestyle Cup. After that event, the United States Ski Team will be selected for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Ferguson’s 17th-place finish yesterday is actually his lowest finish in any of the four Olympic qualifiers. He has been the most consistent U.S. participant in the aerials, placing in the top three among Americans in all four qualifiers. However, as was the case yesterday, other Americans have had higher finishes than Ferguson’s top result — a fifth-place finish in the second qualifier in Beijing, China, in December. United States freestyle skier Mac Bohonnon placed second yesterday. Teammate Jonathon Lillis, who placed fourth in the third qualifier, also bested Ferguson yesterday with a 13th-place finish.
Despite the strong recent finishes from Bohonnon and Lillis, Ferguson figures to be the first American chosen for the United States Olympic team. He has fourth- and seventh-place finishes to his record, and he has been the top-ranked American aerials skier for the last three years.
Lago has another chance
Good news for Seabrook snowboarder Scotty Lago: The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association confirmed yesterday the addition of new Olympic snowboarding qualifiers to replace the canceled events from last weekend in Breckenridge, Colo. Lago failed to qualify for the finals of the qualifier in Breckenridge, before the event was canceled due to heavy snowfall. That entire performance will be expunged from his record, and he’ll now have three more chances to secure a spot on the Olympic team for the second Games in a row.
Lago, who won bronze on the halfpipe at the 2010 Games, will now have qualifiers on Friday morning, Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon at Mammoth Mountain in Cali. He must finish in the top four in at least two of the qualifiers to even earn consideration for the Olympic team.
Seabrook’s wrestling brothers
Seabrook natives Lucas and Francis Rosa wrestled well for Winnacunnet in the Chelmsford Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Lucas wrestled in the 138-pound weight class and finished in first place, while his younger brother Francis wrestled in the 106-pound class and finished in third. Of their team’s 10 athletes competing in the tournament, the Rosa brothers finished with the best results. Seventeen teams competed in the tournament that has become known for its very tough level of competition.
To win the tournament for his weight class, Lucas had to beat five competitors, including a 13-7 decision win against Orlando Rojas from Haverhill in the championship final to earn the title.
Francis went 3-1 for the tournament, falling to Chris Derosa from Billerica by technical fall.
He would go on to win the consolation round, beating Nickerson Cole from Nashua North 4-3 to finish third for the tournament.
The early sign-up special for the Winner’s Circle Running Club’s April Fools’ 4-Mile Road Race expires today.
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The race is on March 29 at 10 a.m. at the Winner’s Rircle Running Club. Visit http://www.runthecircle.org/aprilfools for more information.