Skiing Readies for St. Michael’s Carnival

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard skiing team will be back in Vermont for the St. Michael's Carnival, as the alpine team will visit Smuggler's Notch and nordic will race at Sleepy Hollow.

Last Time Out
A pair of top-10 finishes for senior Akeo Maifeld-Carucci and two top-15 finishes for sophomore Rachel Hampton highlighted Harvard's ninth-place finish at the UVM Carnival last weekend. Maifeld-Carucci's best showing came in the 10K freestyle, where the Bozeman, Montana native posted a time of 25:46.2. He just missed the podium in a photo finish, as the No. 3 skiier crossed just 0.2 of a second ahead of Maifeld-Carucci. In the 15K event, the senior crossed in 42:29.8 to rank eighth overall. For alpine, Kelly Steeves led the way for the second straight week, skiing to 23rd place for her best collegiate result so far.

Racing at Nationals
Senior Akeo Maifeld-Carucci posted a strong showing at the US Cross-Country National Championships in Michigan in January, placing 29th in the 15km skate race.

A Year Ago
Last season, Harvard had four NCAA qualifiers in Park City, Utah. Jen Rolfes and Rebecca Nadler were each named to the All-East team and Chris City, the was named the 2014 EEISA Nordic Coach of the Year.

St. Michael's Carnival
For the first time since 2009-10, Harvard will compete in the St. Michael's Carnival. Catherine Sheils '13 posted a 17-place finish in the slalom and 21st ranking in the giant slalom and Audrey Mangan '10 led the nordic squad, finishing 24th.

Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coaches for Harvard Skiing
Chris City enters his seventh season as the program's Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Nordic) in 2014-15. The 2013-14 season was one of Harvard nordic skiing's finest, as City saw a number of his athletes record multiple top-10 finishes in competitive EISA carnival fields. Jen Rolfes '14 earned a spot on the EISA All-Eastern squad with a strong performance at regionals, and three nordic skiiers qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships in Park City, Utah. The trio represented Harvard's largest NCAA contingent in program history.

Timothy Mitchell, in his ninth year as the Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Alpine), played a key role in producing Harvard's first NCAA skiing champion in Rebecca Nadler '14, who took home the title in 2012 as a sophomore in Bozeman, Montana. Nadler was a four-time All-American for the Crimson in both the slalom and GS events.