During a cold and snowy winter that had many people in the Northeast reluctant to go outdoors, the HWS Ski Team took advantage of the conditions by training often and competing on mountains throughout the Finger Lakes region. The team saw success by both the men and the women, and competed in the Regional Championships at West Mountain, on Feb. 19 and 20. There, the men lost a tie-breaker for second-place to Syracuse University.
The conference sends the top two men’s and women’s teams to the national competition so the loss in the tiebreaker with Syracuse was a heartbreaker. Captain Cali Scott ’11 commends the incredible sportsmanship the team showed following the loss. “As a senior I am incredibly proud of them all and couldn’t have wished for a better team to ski with during my last race season. I know senior captain Wes Davis feels the same way. We have fun and we ski hard!”
The club of 14 racers traveled 45 minutes to practice at Brantling Ski and Snowboard Center in Sodus, about three times a week since mid-January. Competitions were held at Toggenburg Mountain, Labrador Mountain, Greek Peak, Bristol Mountain and Swain Mountain, among others. The small, tight-knit team competed against those from University of Rochester, Cornell University and Alfred University, to name a few.
This year’s team included:
Varsity Women: Scott, as captain, Sarah Wilson ’12, Esther Altomare ’13, and Sara Kalafa ’14 and Rebekah Kallgren ’14.
JV Women: Amanda Dane ’14
Varsity Men: Davis, co-captain with Bart Flynn ’12, and first years Westin Traub, Sam Wallace, Clune Walsh, and Henry Farrand
JV men: Jon Bruno ’12, Ryan Sandman ’12, and Kyler Rowley ’13
Among the highlights for the season, the women’s team placed third at the Swain race, which has been challenging for the past few years. Among the impressive individual performances, Kallgren finished in the top five of every race in which she competed this season, while Flynn won three slalom races, beating out top racers from both Syracuse and Cornell. Traub added some depth to the men’s lineup, also with a victory in the slalom.
Final Results for Regional Championships:
In the Giant Slalom event:
Kallgren – 11th place
Kalafa – 27th place
Flynn – 14th place
Traub – 15th place
Wallace -22nd place
Kalafa and Scott finished 28th and 29th, respectively
Flynn and Traub finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively
Wallace – 15th