Hot on the hill

Swayze shows championship form
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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SUGAR BOWL – Placer High School’s ski team tasted sweet victory in the slalom Monday. The men’s and women’s varsity teams cruised down Christmas Tree Run to four top-10 finishes and swept first place for the second week in a row. Senior Evan Swayze increased his winning streak to three with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 27.24 seconds. “I was stoked,” Swayze said. “I just want to go as far as I can with skiing.” Julian Faulkner finished third behind Nevada Union’s Mac Lujan. Faulkner skied in at a combined time of 1:33.96, just shy of Lujan’s 1:33.36, and tasted redemption after disqualifying in last week’s race. Placer assistant coach Toby Covich attributed some of Placer’s success to ideal alpine conditions. “Conditions were a little bit icy, but that is better for more competitive racers,” Covich said. “It was almost world cup snow conditions.” Covich said Placer got off to a good start. “We had a really nice first run with no mistakes,” Covich said. Kyle Wells was Placer’s next finisher in 16th at 1:49.41. Several Placer skiers were home with the flu, including Blair Meyer and McCall Falkenstein. Colfax edged into the top 15 with a 13th-place finish by Drew Anderson at 1:45.68. Karly Kenworthy had clean first and second runs, earning a combined time of 1:30.32 and another first-place finish for Placer. Kenworthy was 9.61 seconds quicker than Colfax’s Nicole Bajka, who was second at 1:39.93. Kenworthy said she was relieved to finish the second slalom competition of the year after being sick during the first. There are three slalom races. “It’s my first slalom race, and I can’t mess up because I already missed one and I have to finish (two) to qualify for state,” Kenworthy said. Placer’s Lanae Rothe placed ninth for the third week in a row with a combined time of 1:47.4. Stephanie Scott earned Colfax a seventh-place finish with a time of 1:43.23, and Nicole Lorang finished 16th for the Falcons at 1:53.42. Nevada Union had five top-15 finishes with Marnie McDowell carving out fifth at 1:42.94. Olivia McDowell and Julia Ramirez came in 10th and 11th, McDowell at 1:47.75 and Ramirez at 1:48.51. Quinlan Grim claimed 13th place at 1:49.39. Kendra Green finished 15th, after posting the 17th-quickest time on her first run, for a combined time of 1:53.35. Monday, the teams are scheduled to compete in the giant slalom at Boreal. Reach Sara Seyydin at