A sea of change has come to the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, but Harvard seems unaffected by its ripples. After winning the past two carnivals, the University of Vermont has replaced Dartmouth as the top squad in the East. The Crimson, meanwhile, finished the Colby Carnival in ninth—its standing for the entire 2010 season.
But while Harvard’s overall results may not be turning heads, two skiers—freshman Rebecca Nadler and sophomore Alena Tofte—are proving themselves to be some of the region’s best.
Nadler followed up last weekend’s fourth-place finish with another strong performance in the giant slalom, finishing sixth this weekend. Tofte placed eight in the 10k classic race for the best finish of her career.
“I was pretty happy with how I did Friday,” Nadler said.
Last weekend, Nadler’s performance paved the way for a fourth-place team finish in the event.
But this weekend at Sugarloaf, her top-10 showing proved to be a bright spot in what was otherwise a disappointing finish for the women’s alpine team. Nadler was the only Harvard skier to successfully complete both runs in the giant slalom.
All of the Crimson’s skiers successfully completed both events in the slalom, but the team still finished in ninth.
“Unfortunately, we had some trouble finishing,” Nadler said. “The result wasn’t what we were hoping for, but we still have a lot of potential to get better.”
The men’s alpine team placed 10th in both of its events, but Nadler pointed out that the nature of alpine skiing makes it hard for skiers to move up in the rankings.
Because of their school’s low seeding, she said, Harvard’s men are consistently forced to start later in the day, when the snow is the worst.
“I think it’s really tough starting at the back,” Nadler said. “No one questions how hard [the men] work...I think everyone’s working really hard. The work is there; the results are going to come.”
Tofte, whose performances have consistently improved since her freshman season, was another highlight in the team’s showing.
“She’s been fast all season,” said Nordic coach Chris City ’94. “I think that’s a good demonstration of what she’s capable of...she’s got more of those to come, I hope.”
Tofte and her fellow Nordic skiers competed on a different course than anticipated because the weekend’s weather rendered the original course unsafe. The change may have been advantageous for Tofte and freshman Chris Stock, who placed 17th in the men’s race.
“Chris and Alena tend to do well on courses that have more gentle climbing,” City said. “It was a good course for them, and they made the most of it.”
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Another Ninth-Place Finish for SkiingThe Dartmouth Winter Carnival this past weekend in Hanover, N.H. was more of the same, and the Harvard squad found itself in ninth place, sandwiched between two Saints—just ahead of St. Michael’s and behind St. Lawrence.
End of Season Sees Ninth-Place FinishDespite midseason upheaval, the 2011 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Carnival season finished exactly as it started: with the University of Vermont at the top and Harvard in ninth.