Harvard will make its 49th appearance at the Dartmouth Carnival (Dennis Curran).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard nordic and alpine skiing teams will hit the slopes this weekend at the Dartmouth Carnival. Alpine races will take place Feb. 12-13 at the Dartmouth Skiway and nordic events will take place Feb. 13 in Craftsbury, Vermont.
Fans can follow the action through the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association website http://eisaskiing.blogspot.com/.
Last Time Out
Harvard competed at the UVM Carnival the past two weekends, finishing 10th amongst the 16-team field at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
Kelly Steeves paced the women's alpine team the first 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.
On the nordic side the following weekend, Rachel Hampton led the way for the Crimson in both the women's 5K FS and 10K, earning top-25 finishes in both, while Soren Anderson boasted the top place on the men's side for Harvard in both events.
Harvard will make its 49th appearance at the Dartmouth Carnival, marking the most appearances at a single carnival in its 76-year history.
Last season in Hanover, Devlin Shea posted a top-20 finish in the men's classic sprint, coming in at 3:14.9 to take 19th. Annie Harvieux took the No. 23 spot on the women's side in the classic sprint at 3:22.0, while Hampton placed 24th in the 10K freestyle, clocking in at 33:25.2.
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.
Hampton has also been posting a stellar season, finishing within the top-25 and posting the top placement for the Crimson in all six nordic races.
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.
The Crimson boast nine seniors on the roster this season, marking the highest total of seniors in program history.
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.
Hampton and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15 of the nordic team represented Harvard at the NCAA Championships a season ago, 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 is in 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 Hampton and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15. Maifeld-Carucci posted a dominant season, placing in the top-10 in six races.
Timothy Mitchell is in 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.
Harvard will conclude its carnival season at the Williams Carnival Feb. 19-20.
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