The HWS Alpine Ski Team placed sixth overall in the alpine Slalom race of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Division III National Championship, beating racers from Cornell, Syracuse and the U.S. Naval Academy Division III varsity teams.
The race, which took place in Maine this semester, saw an overall combined 9th place finish in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom races for the HWS Alpine Ski Team.
Bart Flynn ’12 was the top finisher for HWS, placing 19th in the Slalom and 24th in Giant Slalom, both tops for Mideast Region skiers and 18th place overall.
Wes Traub ’14 placed 23rd in Slalom and 24th place overall in the men’s division. Clune Walsh ’14 finished 50th overall. Other members of the men’s varsity ski team who competed were Henry Farrand ’14 and Sam Wallace ’14. Rebekah Kallgren ’14, who qualified as an individual, placed 31st in Giant Slalom.
Twenty-two teams attended in the men’s and women’s Slalom and Giant Slalom races, representing 11 USCSA regions. Teams came from all over the United States to participate, including Sierra Nevada College, Rocky Mountain College, St. Olaf’s, University of British Columbia, Castleton State University, Syracuse University, Cornell University, Babson College, University of Massachusetts, Northern Michigan University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Last year, the team saw success by both the men and the women, and competed in the Regional Championships at West Mountain in February. There, the men lost a tie-breaker for second-place to Syracuse University. The tie cost them the chance to compete in the USCSA D-III National Championships.