Nordic Skiing Hits the Trails at UVM Carnival

Nordic Skiing Hits the Trails at UVM Carnival

The Nordic skiing team will bookend the UVM Carnival this weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The noridc skiing team will wrap-up the UVM Carnival this weekend, following the alpine squad as they commenced competition last weekend at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

Fans can follow the action through the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association website here.

Opening Gate
Kelly Steeves paced the way for the women's alpine team as it kicked off the UVM Carnival last weekend, earning season bests in both the giant slalom and slalom. Pieter Weemaes posted the top spot for the men's squad in the giant slalom, while Kalvis Hornburg crossed the line first in the slalom.

Related link: Alpine Skiing Team Kicks Off UVM Carnival

Last Time Out
Rachel Hampton earned a career-best ninth-place finish in the 15K at the Colby Carnival in Maine Jan. 22-24, finishing 10th out of a 16-team field.

Hampton earned her first-career top-10 finish, clocking in at 52:07.0, marking the first time since 2013 that a women's nordic skiier placed in the top-10.

UVM Last Season
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15 earned two top-10 finishes, while Hampton secured a pair of top-15 finishes to lead Harvard to finish ninth overall at last season's UVM Carnival.

On the alpine side, Kelly Steeves finished in the top-30 in both the giant slalom and the slalom, while Jack Stobierski placed 32nd in the slalom.

Steeves Strong
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. Steeves has posted the best placement for Harvard in all but one alpine race this season.

Opening Statement
Hannah Barnes, Samantha Udolf, and Haakon Sigurslid all notched career-best finishes at the Bates Carnival. Barnes and Sigurslid made their marks in the 15K, finishing 19th and 28th, while Udolf placed 44th in the giant slalom.

Senior Laden
The Crimson boast nine seniors on the roster this season, marking the highest total of seniors in program history.

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.

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 is Harvard's first three-time captain since Peter Turnbull Gage '01.

A Season Ago
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).

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 2014-15 season saw two members of the nordic squad qualify for the NCAA Champions in Rachel Hampton and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15. Maifeld-Carucci posted a dominant season, placing in the top-10 in six races.

Timothy Mitchell enters his 10th year as the Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Skiing (Alpine). The 2014-15 season saw three members of the Crimson earn top-30 finishes on the year. 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.

Up Next
Harvard will return to the slopes at the Dartmouth Carnival Feb. 12-13

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