HANCOCK, Mass./CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Harvard sophomore Rebecca Nadler became the first Harvard Alpine skier to win a downhill event on the EISA circuit as she claimed the giant slalom event at Jiminy Peak to lead Harvard to a ninth place victory over the weekend.
The alpine races at Jiminy Peak were a battle of tenacity as snow conditions and course sets proved challenging for all contenders but Nadler held her line through difficult sections to secure an impressive victory. Harvard's only other individual victory came on the Nordic trails in 2003 when Anna McLoon '04 won the 10k Classic event at the University of Vermont Carnival.
Nadler, now the overall points leader in the EISA, improved on consecutive second place finishes with her victory this weekend. Starting fourth, Nadler was almost perfect in the first run as she took the lead by almost half a second. She was even better in the second run and was the only skier to break the 51 second mark.
After Nadler's win, she remarked, "I've been smiling nonstop for the last two hours. It was a rough ride, I didn't feel completely clean, and I got bumped around. I tried to keep my skis in the fall line as much as I could. I'm just going to keep smiling because that seems to be working." Vermont's Kate Ryley finished second, and Geordie Lonza of Williams made her second podium appearance of the weekend in third.
Catherine Sheils finished 30th in the GS and, in the slalom event, the Crimson picked up big points from Cate Kistler who finished 11th. Nadler again led the squad with a third place finish after starting in 11th.
In the women's 10k Classic, Alena Tofte led the charge with a 10th place finish and Chris Stock led the men with a 16th place finish in its 10k Classic.
EISA competition moves to Middlebury, Vt. Feb. 24-25 for the Middlebury Carnival and EISA Championships.
Team scores at the conclusion of the Williams Carnival:
Dartmouth - 869.5
Vermont - 840
Middlebury - 690
New Hampshire - 634.5
Williams - 569
St. Lawrence - 509
Bates - 434
Colby - 434
Harvard - 346
St. Michael's - 309
Universite' Laval - 233
Bowdoin - 182
Colby-Sawyer - 117
Boston College - 108
Plymouth State - 104
Maine - 60