Darien's Chase Gulick captures state ski championship

Darien's Chase Gulick in action for the Darien ski team.

Darien's Chase Gulick in action for the Darien ski team.

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Chase Gulick of Darien was crowned the 2021 Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL) champion after posting the fastest runs in each round during the state’s Alpine Skiing Championships on Mount Southington on March 15.

Gulick, a senior captain for the Blue Wave, won in a field of more than 120 boys, continuing his championship winning steak which began with last year’s first-place finish at the Eastern High School Alpine Skiing Championships in Attitash Mountain Resort in New Hampshire.

On his first run, Gulick had the fastest run with a time of 24.11, and on his second he posted the best time of the day in 22.41. His total time of 46.52 gave him the crown over Zachary Brody of Woodstock Academy, who clocked 47.76, and Charlie Schneinder of Westbrook in 47.98.

As a team, Darien had 11 qualifiers at the championships, and the Wave girls finished in fifth place. There were 11 qualifying schools at the meet out of a field of 30 teams.

Sophomore Morgan Lindell led the Blue Wave with an eighth-place finish, with senior captain Eliza Spain 19th and freshman Katherine Lindell 24th.

Strong performances in the team competition also came fromAshley Anderson, Avery Lane, Lauren LaJaunie, Sofia Schimmeck, Morgan O’Neil, Addison Davis and Angie Dalle Mule.

While the Blue Wave boys squad fell short in qualifying for the state’s team competition, Darien did have solid regular season finishes by captain Harrison Bell, Christopher Fallon, Grant Wang, David Straubel, Patrick Jeffers, Darryl Wang, Jack Pond and Evan Hughes and Jacob Hardy.