The alpine ski racing team continues to be a rising star on the HWS athletics front. As it closed out the season with major victories at two competitions, including the USCSA Mideast Championship, the winter club team continued to exhibit a high level of performance and competition against collegiate varsity squads.
The team, which trains at Brantling Ski Slopes, a small ski area 30 minutes north of the Colleges, is coached by Franz Steinrotter, a former World Cup ski racer from Austria. It expanded to its largest size ever this year with 25 members.
Team member and first-year Bart Flynn finished up the year with a fourth place in the slalom and a fifth place overall ranking in February’s Mideast Championship at West Mountain, in Glens Falls, N.Y. Performances like these while competing against skiers from the varsity teams at Cornell, Colgate, Clarkson, Rochester Institute of Technology and Syracuse, earned Flynn a place on the 2009 All-Conference Team for the Empire conference. HWS also had impressive finishes at the Mideast Championship in both the overall and slalom from juniors Andrew Fosbrook, Jonathan Bernbaum and Asa Bearse, and sophomores Lindsey Dick and Allie Foust.
“We are a club team but we compete against varsity programs in each race and generally hold our own,” says Fosbrook. Finishing third behind only Cornell and Syracuse at this year’s Cornell Invitational Slalom, Fosbrook is excited about the potential growth and competition of the team, which has set its 2009-2010 goal at qualifying for the USCSA National Championships held at Sunday River in Maine.
The club values both its quality of performance and team dynamic. “It must be said that we have the most fun out of all the teams that we compete against,” says Flynn. “It is important that we value our enjoyment as much, if not more, than our success as a team.”