Skiing Closes Out Dartmouth Carnival With Top-10 Finish

Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot

HANOVER, N.H.—Overcoming unpredictable weather and tricky course conditions, the Harvard ski team cruised to a ninth-place finish at the Dartmouth Carnival this weekend, Feb. 8-9. This marks the first time the Crimson has broken the top-10 at Dartmouth since the 2013 season.

Day 1
Giant Slalom
Icy conditions on Dartmouth's downhill slope halted alpine competition on Friday morning, forcing the event to be cancelled and rescheduled to Sunday, February 17.  

10K/15K Freestyle
Choppy course conditions posed a challenge for Harvard's nordic squad as they opened competition on Friday. Despite the unfavorable conditions, however, Harvard still posted strong finishes on the long-distance course, earning sixth in the women's 10K and seventh in the men's 15K freestyle.

Leading the charge for the women, senior Nina Armstrong crossed the finish line in 32:35.8 to pick up 20th overall as well as 26 points towards Harvard's team score. Close behind, Lily Koffman, Tegan Thorley and Hannah Hardenbergh each registered top-30 finishes for 43 combined points.

On the men's side, first-year James Kitch picked up a 19th place finish in the long-distance event to pace the group, picking 26 points along the way for Harvard. Additionally, William Rhatigan cruised to a top-30 finish for the Crimson, crossing the finish line in 47:48.1. First-years Liam McInroy and Everett Sapp secured strong finishes on the challenging long-distance course, finishing 38th and 39th, respectively.  

Day 2
Slalom
After icy slopes shut down the downhill competition on Friday, skiers returned to the mountain on Saturday to contest the slalom course despite strong winds. Nellie Ide and Emma Ryan represented the Crimson ski squad, successfully completing both runs down the Dartmouth Skiway. Sophomore captain Ide took down both runs with a combined time of 1:48.51, landing her in 37th place overall. Missing Ide's time by less than a second, Ryan finished 38th in the slalom, clocking in at 1:48.99 across two runs.

3x5 Classic Relay
In the first relay of the 2019 season, Hannah Hardenbergh (16:45.5), Tegan Thorley (17:46.9) and Nina Armstrong (17:03.8) led the women's squad in the 3x5 relay with a top-10 finish, posting a final time of 51:36.3 to earn 77 points for the Crimson. Junior Rhatigan (14:53.0) joined forces with first-years Everett Sapp (14:25.2) and Kitch (15:35.9) for the men's 3x5, combining for a final time of 44:54.2 to earn the trio 12th place and 46 points to close out the weekend.

Up Next
The Crimson readies for its final Carnival before the EISA Regional Championships, traveling to Hancock, Vt. for the Middlebury Carnival, Feb. 15-16.

Results
1. Vermont – 914.0
2. Dartmouth – 913.0
3. Middlebury – 703.0
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8. Bates – 356.0
9. Harvard – 316.0
10. Bowdoin – 306.0
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15. Colby Sawyer – 92.0

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