The Hobart and William Smith Colleges ski team traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and recorded impressive performances at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboarding National Championships on March 10-16. William Smith finished in 11th place as a team, and Hobart came in 14th.
“Getting to nationals wasn’t easy, we had to place at least third in our region to move on. Once we were in Jackson Hole, the goal was to ski fast and have fun, and I think we all accomplished that,” says Anna Flaherty ’20.
HWS finished second at regionals to earn a spot in the field for nationals. Lindsey Crowell ’22 took home the women’s title at the regional event, and earned All American Honors for Slalom, Giant Slalom and Overall combined.
At nationals, Crowell led the Heron ski team in the slalom racing with a sixth place finish. Carly Fischer ’21 logged a 39th place finish in a field of 78 finishers. Flaherty placed 47th, and Chloe Louthan-Green ’21 came in 61st place. The Herons finished ninth of 21 teams in the slalom. Crowell also led William Smith in the giant slalom, claiming 11th place. The Herons took 11th as a team in the event. Camila Godowski ’22 placed 44th, and Fisher finished 63rd in the event. Crowell claimed sixth place in the individual combined results.
On the men’s side, Benjamin Gordon ’22 took 44th place in the giant slalom in a field of 79 finishers. Colman Lamb ’19 finished 52nd and Russell Merchant ’19 came in 64th place. The Statesmen took 12th of 21 teams in the event. In the slalom, Sam Mason ’21 led the way finishing 45th in a field of 74. Patrick Gray ’19 was the next Statesmen to finish claiming 52nd place. Hobart took 17th as a team in the slalom.
“Nationals was an opportunity that we all were fortunate to experience – from going to Wyoming to competing against some of the best college ski racers in the country – it was a highlight of my college career,” says Flaherty, who noted the commitment throughout the academic year is intense. “We practice two nights a week. On weekends we wake up at 5:30 a.m. to drive to our races and then race all day. But our devotion shows in our results.”