JV Ski team places 3rd in the Flint Metro League

Jennifer Eisenbeis, Writer

The JV ski team competed in its last meet of the season on Feb. 5.

“We did pretty good,” freshman Jessica Lynch said. “We placed third in our league; Grand Blanc and Holly were ahead.”

Even though they placed third in the league, the girls JV did not beat the team that they needed to beat in order to make it to SEMSLS, Southeast Michigan Ski League, the meet which both individual skiers and entire teams can qualify for that comes after regionals.

“We were so close to beating Holly-Oxford,” sophomore Brianna Miller said. “We lost by three points. Our JV girls’ goal was to beat them.”

Even with this loss for the girls JV team, skier freshman Jessica Lynch earned her place in the top 10 of the night during her two heats.

“I placed seventh and tenth and got two medals,” Lynch said. “My times were 31.25 seconds and 29.18 seconds.”

The boys JV team placed third as well, but senior Andrew Celini believes that they did well because of their practices during the season .

“It was Holly in first, Grand Blanc was second, then we were third,” Celini said. “As a JV team, I say we did pretty well. We practiced pretty hard over the season, before and after Christmas break.”

Individual goals were met during the course of the season; Miller’s was to get better times as the season went on.

“My goal was to just get faster times,” Miller said. “I tried many different techniques while I was racing in order to shave off time. I improved by about 10 seconds from the start of the season. My best time was 30.23 seconds.”

Celini also set his own goal. He aimed to become a better skier and started working toward his goal before the season began. By the end, he achieved what he had set out to do.

“The whole reason I joined the team was to become a better skier overall,” Celini said. “Before our season started, I practiced four days a week after school before and after Christmas Break. When our season started, I practiced on Mondays and Tuesdays, and raced on Wednesdays and Thursdays.”

The JV ski team did not make it to SEMSLS, but finished the season ranked third in the Metro League.