Kate Warner, a William Smith senior from Gloucester, Mass., was recently named an All-American after turning-in an 11th place finish (out of a field of 105) in the giant slalom at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships, March 8-10 at Sugarloaf, near in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.
Before the nationals were over, she received a second All-American honor for finishing 11th in the combined overall events: grand slalom and slalom.
The alpine skiing club organizes, funds and runs activities for the athletes themselves. They finished in third place at regional competition, Feb. 24-25 at Swain Mountain, qualifying them for the nationals.
At Sugarloaf, the team of Warner, Morgan MacCuaig ’08 of Mendon, Vt.; Allison Rodman ’09 of Fairport, N.Y., and Mairin Wilson ’08 Balmoral, New South Wales, Australia; accomplished what no other William Smith team ever did — took alpine skiing to the national level, competing against 20 teams from colleges and universities from across the country.
Warner has also been a four-year member of the Herons soccer team, a three-year starter, and was named to the All-Tournament Team in Heron Cup competition in September 2005. She represented the soccer team during ceremonies dedicating the Carver-DeLaney Soccer Team Room in late October 2005.
She entered HWS as the 2002 Maine State Women’s Alpine Ski Champion, a Junior Olympics alpine skier 1999-2002; and a member of the Maine state soccer all-star team, 1999-2001. She is a 2002 graduate of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine, where she received the “Hi Berry Award,” as the outstanding female athlete.
Warner’s soccer coach, Aliceann Wilber, said Warner is “is always focused, attuned and prepared to give her all, whether it is in training or on game day.
“And by prepared I mean that she has done the ‘hard stuff’ early on: the fitness training and strength training is something that she has taken care of well in advance of the season,” Wilber added.
“Kate gave up the soccer Spring break trip to Portugal and Spain — something that she had helped fund raise for over the past four years — to focus on competing in the ski nationals. Unlike many athletes today, she understands that to attain the highest levels you have to give up other things that may seem desirable, too.”