Pictured: Catherine Sheils
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The Harvard University ski program finished ninth out of 14 programs at the St. Lawrence Carnival to open the 2011 season in Lake Placid, N.Y. The Crimson finished with 442 points, just behind Bowdoin, who came home with 479 points. The women's alpine program carried the Crimson with an impressive fourth place finish in the giant slalom and a fifth place finish in the slalom.
In the downhill events, freshman Rebecca Nadler burst onto the scene with a fourth place finish to mark Harvard's best individual performance in modern history. Nadler, who qualified in 19th position, finished her first run in a time of 1:04.41 and her second in a time of 1:05.75. The first three positions were claimed by skiers from the University of Vermont with Lyndee Janowiak. Harvard's underclassmen continued to pace the program as sophomore Catherine Sheils turned in an 18th place finish with two nearly identical runs to improve from her 34th place starting position.
In the slalom, Sheils led the way with a 14th place finish while Nadler finished in 18th. For the men, Ian Anderson led the way in the giant slalom with a 39th place finish after starting in 71st position. Andrew Spielvogel turned in a 28th place finish in the slalom after starting in 53rd position.
In the Nordic events, the women's 6K Classic was highlighted by Alena Tofte and Jennifer Rolfes who battled it out for 28th and 29th place, respectively. The two were separated by less than two seconds. Tofte also did well in the 10K Freestyle as she finished in 16th position in the No. 75 bib.
Christopher Stock led the way in the 10K Classic for the men with a 29th place finish as he bested UNH's Nick Mancuso by 0.5 seconds. Anthony Ryerson made the top 25 cutoff in the 15K Freestyle event with a time of 42:59.8 – nearly 21 seconds faster than the next finisher.
Harvard will be back on the slopes next weekend in Farmington, Maine at the Colby Carnival.