Freshman Rachel Hampton got Harvard out to a strong start on Day 1 of competition in Vermont (Photo: Gil Talbot).
Our hearts are with the Dartmouth Ski Team, which lost an athlete on Saturday. Torin Tucker, a junior, passed away while competing in the Craftsbury Marathon in Vermont. News of his passing reached his teammates racing the UVM Carnival at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe partway through Saturday's sprints and the competitive race scene immediately changed to one of support and camaraderie. The college ski community is a close one and our sympathies go out to Torin's family, friends, and team.
Nordic Report: UVM Classic Sprint and 5/10 k Skate (by Audrey Mangan '10)
In Saturday's sprint event, Freshman Rachel Hampton led Harvard in the sprints by qualifying in 21st overall (16th collegiate) to move onto the senior quarterfinals, where she ended up in 19th in the carnival field. Sophomore Hanna Barnes qualified for the junior sprint brackets, finishing fourth overall in the junior field. Freshman Devlin Shea led the men in qualifying in 33rd, also qualifying for the junior heats. Akeo Maifeld-Carucci placed 37th and freshman Ian Meyer placed 54th in his carnival debut as Harvard's third man.
Senior Jen Rolfes led Harvard in the women's individual start 5k skate on Sunday, placing fifth for a new career best. Freshman Maile Sapp was 40th and Rachel finished close behind her in 44th. Senior Chris Stock led the men's team in 22nd in the 10k, followed by Ian in 43rd and Devlin in 47th. The nordic team travels back to Vermont next weekend for the Dartmouth Carnival (held in conjunction with a SuperTour weekend) at Craftsbury.
Alpine Report: St. Anselm (USCSA) Carnival (by Caitlin Ciccone)
Alpine used its break week in the EISA season to compete in the St. Anselm Carnival, a USCSA event at Crotched Mountain (NH). The weekend kicked off with a Slalom race on Saturday for both the men and women. Freshman Katie Gibson won the race with the leading first run and a strong second run. Junior Liz Strong and sophomore Sam Udolf finished 5th and 7th, respectively. On the Men's side there was some great skiing out of sophomores Simon Merryweather (4th overall) and Jack Stobierski (7th). Also skiing into the top 15 was sophomore Dan Rittenhouse.
Sunday's GS was a different story in terms of conditions for the men's and women's giant slalom. Managing to hold off the rain on the first run of the men's and women's courses, Sam took 5th place with some of her best GS skiing of the season. Liz and Katie also finished in the top 10. For the men, Simon and Jack displayed some great GS skiing in sections of the first run. On the second run, the rain started, making conditions a bit more difficult.
Also over the weekend, senior Rebecca Nadler headed to Sunday River, ME to take part in two Nor-Am Cup GS races. On a tough race with strong competition she displayed fast split times throughout the course, showing she can compete with the top women on the circuit.
We look forward to the return to EISA competition at Dartmouth this week!