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Historic season for WMA Skiing

The longer the season went, the longer the list of accomplishments got for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Ski team.

Led by Marghe Negri ’23, a number of Titans received recognition at the final meet for the Mount Institute Ski League on Feb. 22 at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont, Massachusetts.

A week after winning the New England Prep School Athletic Council title in the slalom and placing third in the giant slalom, Marghe earned the Zephyr Rapinchuck Award "given to the student who best exemplifies kindness, enthusiasm, love of skiing and mentoring others.” She also placed second in the overall standings for the MISL season.

“Marghe chose to come to WMA for its academics, safety and, of course, skiing,” Coach Greg Morin said. “She brought her enthusiasm for skiing and her ‘A’ game with her for the team. Marghe remained positive and composed in spite of the less than favorable training and race conditions on the hill this year. Her record-setting year sums this all up.”

But the awards did stop with Marghe. At the New England championship meet, the WMA boys placed third overall.

“The boys team has been working for three years to podium at the NEPSAC championship,” Coach Morin explained. “Last year they missed by one spot, coming in fourth. This year the team felt they had a good shot, having five good skiers to go to the competition. All five skiers had a good synergy and each contributed to the results this year. I have to say that this year the competition was the strongest I have ever witnessed so a third place was quite an accomplishment.”

Leading the way for the boys was Ben Morin ’24, who took fourth overall in the slalom.

“The NEPSAC championships brought much more competition than previous years,” said Coach Morin, Ben’s dad. “Ben had a decent first run on the slalom event. For his second run, he had to deal with a significant and unplanned interruption as he waited in the start gate for 20 minutes. This is very distracting to athletes as they get cold and lose focus. Ben was able to retain his focus and eke out a fourth-place finish in spite of these challenges.”

Lastly, Dario Manbachi Moreno ’24 finished third overall in the MISL standings in the junior varsity division.

“As a coach I am very pleased with the results this year,” Coach Morin recapped. “The athletes were focused and had fun. More importantly, they all can pat themselves on the back for accomplishing four new records for the school - a great feat in a single season.”

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