Intense competition at the 2020 NJISRA State Championships this year. With the field narrowed down from 20 high school teams to the top 12, the Sparta girls ski team battled it out. We skied fast and finished strong taking 6th place overall. The State Championships was a two day event at Mountain Creek South on the Kamikaze ski trail. Each high school team made up of six racers competed in two disciplines, Giant Slalom and Slalom. Each racer skied two runs in each discipline.
The first day of the state championship was the giant slalom competition. The Sparta varsity girls team finished in fifth place. Contributing to the team time of 6:36.85 were Olivia Finkeldie who finished in 12th place, Jillian Stote in 25th place, Rachel Young in 31st place and Claudia Calafati in 35th place. Pingry won the giant slalom championship with a team time of 6:12.56. Ridgewood took second place and Blair third place.
The second day of the state championship was the slalom competition. The Sparta varsity girls team finished in sixth place in this event. The four top Sparta racers contributing to the team time of 5:45.62 were Jillian Stote who finished in 15th place, Claudia Calafati in 23rd place, Olivia Finkeldie in 25th place and Olivia Calandrillo in 36th place. Ridgewood High School won the slalom championship with a team time of 5:08.88. Pingry took second place and Tenafly third place.
The overall first place winner for the 2020 Girls State Championships was Ridgewood High School. Taking second place was Pingry, followed by Mountain lakes in third place.