Marshwood High School’s Sean Maguire-State Champion Spotlight
We next highlight sophomore Sean Maguire of Marshwood who was the Class A Giant Slalom and Slalom state champion. We asked him about his success and what surprised him this season.
1) What were your preparations leading up to the state meet?
My preparation for this meet was no different than any other event. I did my usual routine, inspected the course until I felt comfortable with the course. And at the top of the course I just stretched and made sure I was ready to give it my all.
2) How did you deal with the pressure and emotions that come along with competing in a state meet? I didn’t really feel much pressure or emotion at this event, I just knew that I had to give it my best and ski like I always have.
3) What was going through your mind at the starting gate knowing about the conditions and that you could win?
In the start gate I was just thinking about the course and some of the tricky spots. I knew what I had to do. But when I’m in the start I try to not think of what the end result will be. If I throw down a good run, then I know that my time will hold up. I had a good bib number so the course was fairly fresh when I went down. So the conditions were not a big factor in my preparation.
4) You won both slalom and giant slalom, what makes you so good and what do you contribute your success to?
I ski every weekend in the winter, for a very competitive ski team with some amazing coaches. Being on snow so much definitely helps me tone my skills and become a much better ski racer.
5) As a sophomore, what are your goals for next year?
My goals for next year won’t be very different from this season. I will try to do my best at every race, become a better and faster skier. And hopefully win both Gs and Sl again at states.
6) What surprised you the most about this season?
I was very surprised this season with winning both the Gs and the Sl at states. I knew I had a chance at winning the Gs Because Gs has always been my stronger event. But winning the Sl really caught me by surprise. I was also surprised when I was the first boy qualified into the Maine state team after getting a first in both the Gs and the Sl at the state shootouts.
7) What moment/event will you remember the most from this season?
This season I will definitely remember being at the eastern high school championships at Attitash mountain. The environment is so great, you’re surrounded with so many other kids that are just like you and have a love for the sport just like you. Being able to spend 4 days with the Maine team is an amazing experience.