After success at the qualifiers, the HWS Alpine Ski teams headed to Mount Bachelor in Oregon to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship against the best varsity and club teams in the country.
“The ski team is so excited to have the opportunity to represent HWS at a national level on the West Coast” says co-captain Ali Burrows ’15. “We are bringing out two excellent varsity teams and everyone is excited to see how we match up to the rest of the nation. The team definitely gets a thrill from being the underdogs.”
William Smith raced the Giant Slalom on Tuesday, March 3, coming in 8th out of the 19 women’s teams. The team time was 6:39.25. Individual scores for two runs included: Christine Moloney ’17 came in 32nd with a total race time of 2:11.54, Megan Shenton ’18 came in 43rd with a total time of 2:13:76, Jessica Bishop ’16 came in 45th with a total time of 2:13:79, Haleigh Quigg ’18 came in at 48th with 2:14.66 for total time, and Conner Clemens ’18 came in 63rd with a total time of 2:20.53. There were 83 women in the division.
William Smith ran the Slalom on Thursday, March 5, coming in 14th out of 19 women’s teams. The team time was 6:11.57. Christine Maloney ’17 came in 41st with a time of 2:00.79. Connor Clemens ’18 finished in 42nd place with a time of 2:01.06. Haleigh Quigg ’18 placed 58th with a time of 2:09.72. 80 women raced in the division.
Hobart raced the Giant Slalom on March 4, coming in 8th just behind Cornell and in front of RPI. Jack Knorpp ’17 placed 12th overall with a time of 1:57.30 and was given an All-American Award. Ben Alexopoulous ’18 placed 34th with a time of 2:02.58. Charlie Thompson ’18 finished 39th with a time of 2:03.60. There were 71 men in the division. On Friday, March 6, Hobart placed 16th out of 19 teams in the Slalom. Ben Alexopoulous ’18 placed 33rd with a time of 1:49.49, and Charlie Thompson ’18 finished 38th with a time of 1:50.45.
Overall for the week, William Smith placed 9th (in front of Syracuse and Cornell) and Hobart placed 11th (just behind Cornell and RPI).
HWS Ski qualified for Nationals at the Mid-East Region National Championship Tournament where they faced strong competition from teams representing Syracuse University, Cornell University, Colgate University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Hamilton College, Ithaca College, among others from the region.
This is the second time that both teams have competed at the same time during the National Championships. In 2014, both Hobart and William Smith skiers went to the Nationals at Whiteface in Lake Placid, N.Y., with Hobart taking third in the Giant Slalom and William Smith placing 14th overall. In 2013, the William Smith team went to Nationals for the first time and the Hobart team qualified in 2012 for first time in the history of the Colleges.
The William Smith team members competing at Nationals are Jess Bishop ’16, Christine Moloney ’17, Haleigh Quigg ’18, Conner “CoCo” Clemens ’18 and Megan Shenton ’18. Grace Hutton ’16 and Natalie Bishop ’18 have also been instrumental for the team’s success heading into Nationals this season. The Hobart racers are Jack Knorpp ’17, Benton Alexopoulos ’18, Charlie Thompson ’18, Daniele Colbertaldo ’18 and Chuck Anderson ’18.
“I could not be more proud of what the team has achieved over the past four years,” says co-captain Rebecca Chinman ’15. “This season in particular has been one of our most successful, with over half the varsity racers being underclass students. I am so thankful for the determination and enthusiasm from the younger members of our team. They came in not knowing what to expect, but have generated a momentum I hope to see in the team for years to come. I think all of us are grateful to finish out the season strong, racing in our league’s most competitive event out in Bend, Oregon.”
The HWS Ski Team is a student-run club sport led by co-captains Burrows and Chinman. During their regular season they compete locally in the Mid-East Conference of USCSA, the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association. The HWS Ski Team welcomes all racers, from novice to experienced skiers.
“The turn out this year was exceptional,” Burrows says. “Our team is extremely young with four first-year varsity Hobart students and three first-year varsity William Smith students, who are going to Nationals. I can only hope that we can keep building momentum as a team.”