Girls' Ski Team Wins State

Girls' Ski Team Wins State

University School of Milwaukee’s girls’ varsity ski team won the WIARA Division 2 Wisconsin State Ski and Snowboard Championships, held this past weekend at Mt. La Crosse. This is the first time in school history that the ski team won the state championship.

"We are so proud of these girls,” said Tim Williams, USM’s director of athletics. “They have worked very hard for this and it has been a few seasons in the making. They are a true testament to working hard and following a plan. Congratulations to head coach Cassandra Hoppe ’12 as well, she has done a great job developing this group of skiers into this championship squad.”

Seven USM skiers raced in the meet as part of a statewide field of 162 competitors: Mia Darr ’25, Francesca Drope ’24, Alice Gardner ’26, Sophia Torinus ’25, Isabel Werner ’24, Marlies Westveer ’26, and Marina Wigdale ’25. 

In ski racing, the top four finishers’ placement in each event are combined for the team score. USM’s overall score of 482 topped the Division 2 runner-up by 112 points.  

Only team scores are separated by division. Skiers from Divisions 1 and 2 raced against each other in all three events. 

USM’s top four finishers in each event were:

Slalom: USM Team Overall Place
Isabel Werner ’24 18th
Mia Darr ’25 20th
Marina Wigdale ’25 30th
Sophia Torinus ’25 41st
Team Score 91 (1st Place)
Giant Slalom: USM Team Overall  
Isabel Werner ’24 32nd
Marina Wigdale ’25 38th
Sophia Torinus ’25 42nd
Marlies Westveer ’26 48th
Team Score 160 (1st Place)
Super G: USM Team Overall  
Mia Darr ’25 43rd
Isabel Werner ’24 54th
Sophia Torinus ’25 57th
Marlies Westveer ’26 59th
Team Score 213 (2nd Place)
Combined Individual  
Isabel Werner ’24 26th
Sophia Torinus ’25 34th
Marlies Westveer ’26 38th
Francesca Drope ’24 48th


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Members of the girls' varsity ski team pose after winning the state championship
A group of skiers pose for a photo at the WIARA 2024 state championship