Harvard will compete at the NCAA Regionals this weekend (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard nordic and alpine skiing teams will compete at the Middlebury Carnival and NCAA Regional Championships in Middlebury, Vermont this weekend. Alpine races will take place at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, while nordic races will be held at the Rikert Nordic Center.
Fans can follow the action through the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association website http://eisaskiing.blogspot.com/.
Last Time Out
Harvard posted its best placement in its final carnival of the season, finishing ninth among a 16-team field at the Williams Carnival last weekend.
Rachel Hampton paced the women's nordic team with a pair of top-20 finishes in the 10K FS and 5K, while Devlin Shea led the men's side in both races. Kelly Steeves posted a pair of top-30 finishes in the slalom and giant slalom to lead the alpine squad.
Feature: Skiing in the City
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci '15 and Hampton each placed 14th in the 20K and 15K classic races to lead the nordic team a season ago at the NCAA Regional Championships held at the St. Lawrence Carnival in Lake Placid, New York.
On the alpine side, Steeves led the women, finishing 21st in the giant slalom and 32nd in the slalom, while Pieter Weemaes led the men's side by finishing 32nd in the slalom.
Steeves has posted the top spot for the Crimson in all but two alpine races this season and has ranked within the top-30 in all five carnivals.
Hampton has also been having a stellar season, finishing within the top-25 and posting the top placement for the Crimson in all nine nordic races, including two top-10 finishes and is in good position to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
The junior has placed within the top-20 seven times, marking the most top-20 finishes by a women's nordic member in a season since Jennifer Rolfes '14 posted eight top-20 finishes during the 2013-14 season.
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.
Qualifying members of the Crimson will head to the NCAA Championships March 9-12.
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