Harvard will make its 42th appearance at the Williams Carnival (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard nordic and alpine skiing teams will wrap-up the regular season this weekend at the Williams Carnival. Alpine races will take place at Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East, while nordic races will be held in Lake Placid, New York.
Fans can follow the action through the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association website http://eisaskiing.blogspot.com/.
Last Time Out
Harvard placed 10th amongst a 15-team field at the Dartmouth Carnival last weekend.
In the giant slalom, Molly Leavens clocked in at 2:04.78 to take No. 45, while Pieter Weemaes finished 54th at 2:04.55. Kelly Steeves paced the women's side in the slalom, finishing 26th with a time of 1:45.91, while Dan Rittenhouse took home the No. 54 spot on the men's side at 1:55.40.
Harvard won its first carnival in program history at the Williams Carnival in 1940. Since 2008, Harvard has competed every other year at the Williams Carnival, most recently finishing 8th in 2014.
In 2014, Rebecca Nadler '14 led the women's alpine team, finishing 16th in the slalom and 7th in the giant slalom. Matthew Mansson led the men's alpine squad, finishing No. 37 in the slalom and No. 34 in the giant slalom. On the nordic side, Chris Stock '14 finished 10th in the 10K Classic and Jennifer Rolfes '14 earned 9th in the 5K Classic.
Steeves has posted the top spot for the Crimson in all but two alpine races this season and has placed within the top-30 in all four carnivals.
Hampton has also been posting a stellar season, finishing within the top-25 and posting the top placement for the Crimson in all seven nordic races. The junior also boasts two top-10 finishes and is in good position to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
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.
Harvard will head to the EISA Championships Feb. 27-28.
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