BOZEMAN, Mont. – Junior Nellie Ide and sophomore James Kitch made the most of their time at the NCAA Championships, both collecting top-20 finishes in their respective events. Ide and Kitch contested in one event each, before the NCAA canceled all remaining winter championships due to the COVID-19 public health threat.
Ide represented the Crimson on day one of the championships, racing in the giant slalom. The Minneapolis, Minn. native placed 16th, collecting 15 points. Ide finished run one with a time of 57.90, 2.06 seconds behind the fastest time. On run two, Ide finished just 1.33 seconds behind the fasted run from Utah's Katie Parker. The junior was the lowest seed to place top-20, while also marking the first alpine skier to appear in the NCAA Championships since Rebecca Nadler in the 2013-14 season.
A Belmont, Mass., native, Kitch returned to the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year. The sophomore notched a 13th place finish in the 10k free interval start, collecting 18 points. Kitch crossed the finish line at 24:50.2, just 1:00.7 behind UVM's Ben Ogden in first place. Kitch, similar to Ide, was the lowest seed to place top-20. In the 10k free interval start last year, Kitch placed 37th.
The NCAA Championships mark the end of the 2019-20 Harvard ski season. The results of the two races contested can be found here.