Competing in a total of four events over the course of two days, senior nordic skier Hannah Hardenbergh and freshman nordic skier James Kitch wrapped up a successful trip to the NCAA Skiing Championship.
Harvard is one of twenty four teams sending skiers to Stowe, VT to compete in the national championships, but it occupies a fairly unique place on this list. While most schools come from areas known for skiing — such as Colorado, Utah, Vermont, and Maine — Harvard is uniquely urban, with the closest mountains fit for skiing being one state over.
The Crimson Nordic and Alpine teams traveled north to compete in the 95th Annual Middlebury Carnival, the final race of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association carnival season.
Rebecca Nadler '14 will become the first Harvard skier to be chosen to the newly created William S. Broadbent Family Harvard Skiing All-Time Team. She will be honored later this year.
The Harvard skiing team ended its regular season this weekend at the Middlebury Winter Carnival, where conditions at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont were ideal Friday after a week of snow, and warm temperatures on Saturday brought out a sizeable crowd to watch the races.
“We weren't able to achieve the results we were looking for,” junior Kelly Steeves said. “Dartmouth is a relatively flat hill and unforgiving hill that leaves no room for mistakes.”
Racing in very competitive fields, stacked with current and former U.S. Ski Team members, the nation’s top young athletes and the best collegiate racers from the 17 teams in the NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Harvard finished in 10th place.
For its last race of the regular season, the Harvard Alpine and Nordic ski team traveled to Middlebury, Vt., to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships this weekend. Racing against a competitive field of US Ski Team and World Cup racers, the Crimson capped off its regular season several season-best performances with its sixth consecutive top-10 finish.
The Harvard Nordic and Alpine Ski team took home its fifth consecutive top-10 finish this weekend, finishing 10th out of the 16 teams competing in the annual Williams Carnival.
With career-bests from both junior Rachel Hampton and senior Hannah Barnes, the Harvard skiing team clinched its fourth consecutive top-10 overall finish and tallied 264 points.
Despite a relative lack of preseason practice, the Crimson managed to finish 10th overall out of 17 teams in its first competition of the season, and junior Rachel Hampton recorded her fourth career top-15 finish.