Skiing Wraps Regular Season at Middlebury Carnival

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard skiing team will be at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Rikert Touring Center this weekend for the Middlebury Carnival. It will be the final regular season tune-up before the St. Lawrence Carnival/ EISA Championships Feb. 27-28 at Lake Placid.

Last Time Out
At the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, the nordic squad joined a large SuperTour and NENSA Eastern Cup field for two days of skate racing. At the Friday sprint, sophomore Devlin Shea came within three seconds of moving on to the heats, finishing 19th in the college field to lead Harvard and tally his first top-20 college finish. Freshman Kelly Steeves anchored the alpine team, finishing 30th in giant slalom, and 29th in the slalom.

Middlebury Carnival
Last season the NCAA Regional Championships were held at the Middlebury Carnival, where the Crimson placed ninth overall. Rebecca Nadler '14 took home silver in the giant slalom. On the men's side, Akeo Maifeld-Carucci placed 15th in the XC 20K freestyle.

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 EISA 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.