Harvard will open the season at the Bates Carnival for the second-straight season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard nordic and alpine skiing teams will open the 2015-16 season at the Bates Carnival in Maine this weekend. Alpine races will take place at Sunday River and nordic events will be held at Black Mountain in Rumford.
Fans can follow the action through the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association website http://eisaskiing.blogspot.com/.
A Season Ago
Rachel Hampton and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15 of the nordic team represented Harvard at the NCAA Championships, held in Lake Placid, New York.
Hampton, making her NCAA debut, finished No. 36 overall in the 5K freestyle (16:01.1) on day one and closed out competition with a No. 31 overall finish (52.47.3) in the 15K class MS.
Maifeld-Carucci '15, competing in the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year, earned a No. 25 finish in the 10K freestyle (27:10.8) and closed out his career finishing at the No. 31 spot in the 20K Classic MS (59:53.7).
Back at Bates
The Crimson competed at the Bates Carnival last year for the first time since the 2011-12 season, finishing ninth out of the 16-team field, matching its ninth-place finish from the preceding Bates Carnival.
Maifield-Carucci '15 led the way with two top-finishes, making the podium with a second-place finish in the 10K FS (24:03.1), marking the first time a nordic skier earned a spot on the podium since Anna McLoon '04, and finished ninth in the 20K (1:00:15.6).
Harvard has posted back-to-back seasons of finishing in the top-10 in each carnival, marking the first time since 2011-12 the Crimson accomplished the feat.
Kelly Steeves posted an impressive freshman campaign a season ago, earning the top finish for Harvard in each carnival competing in both the women's slalom and giant slalom.
The Crimson boast nine seniors on the roster this season, marking the highest total of seniors in program history.
Six freshmen will hit the slopes in their collegiate debuts this weekend. Nina Armstrong, Hannah Hardenbergh, Lily Koffman, and Jacob Meyerson will compete for the nordic team, while Dennis Bao and Molly Leavens will contend for the alpine squad.
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Aye, Aye Captain
Seniors Soren Anderson and Annie Harvieux will serve as captains for the nordic team this season, while Simon Merryweather and Kaitlyn Gibson will lead the alpine squad. Merryweather becomes Harvard's first three-time captain since Peter Turnbull Gage '01.
Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coaches for Harvard Skiing
Chris City enters his eighth season as the program's Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Nordic). 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 enters his 10th year as the Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Alpine). Mitchell is the longest tenured skiing coach in Harvard skiing's 76-year history and 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.
Harvard will return to Maine to compete at the Colby Carnival Jan. 22-24. Alpine races will take place at Sugarloaf Mountain and nordic events will be held at Quarry Road Recreation Area.
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