SWAIN — Batavia Alpine ski coach Matt Holman described Saturday as “a perfect winter day for ski racing at Swain.”

He also described Saturday’s Southern Tier Ski Racing event as, “Blue bird skies with a slight veil of clouds and near freezing temperatures.”

In other words, a skiers’ delight.

Batavia seniors Zach Wagner and Lily Whiting would agree.

Wagner and Whiting were both honored by Coach Holman as they celebrated ‘Senior Day’ at Swain.

With just two seniors on their roster, Batavia is an extremely young squad on the slopes this season.

Wagner led Batavia with his 18th place finish in the two-run Giant Slalom and 22nd place finish in the one run Slalom.

Other top Batavia finishers included freshmen Ben Stone (24th in GS) and Ethan Bradley (23rd in SL).

Lily Wagner was the girls top finisher in GS (19th) and SL (12th).

Also in the Slalom for the Batavia boys, Ethan Bradley placed 60th.

In the GS for the Batavia boys, Elijah Abdella placed 73rd.

Quinn Woeller also competed for the Batavia girls.

“The snow making and mountain crew at Swain have done a great job this winter getting Wheels Run in condition for a early season ski race with little natural precipitation,” coach Holman pointed out.

Holman also mentioned that many of the leagues top finishers had a very difficult time with the afternoon’s very technical Slalom race course while the morning’s GS race was a wide open race track built for speed.

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