Skiing Heads to Dartmouth Carnival

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With half of the regular season gone, Harvard skiing returns to action this weekend at the Dartmouth Carnival. The alpine squad will be in Hanover, New Hampshire, while nordic will race in Craftsbury, Vermont.

Last Time Out
Led by another top-10 finish by senior Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, Harvard wrapped competition at the St. Michael's Carnival, held at Sleepy Hollow Inn and Smugglers' Notch Resort with a 10th-place showing. Maifeld-Carucci clocked a time of 32:27.8 to finish ninth in the 10K classic race. On the alpine side, Simon Merryweather moved from his 75th start spot to finish 28th on the day in the slalom.

Dartmouth Carnival
Last year at the Dartmouth Carnival, the Crimson posted three individual top-10s and a third-place women's team score on the second day of racing at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Akeo Maifeld-Carucci kicked things off with a seventh-place finish in the men's 10k skate on Craftsbury's challenging homologated course.

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.

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.