The St. Lawrence University Alpine Ski team is set to open its 2019 carnival season this weekend hosting the St. Lawrence Carnival at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York on January 11-12.
The Scarlet and Brown hit the slopes in Vail, Colorado over Thanksgiving break and have been working on preseason training at Whiteface Mountain, since they returned from Christmas Break at the beginning of January.
"As we head into the carnival season, the coaching staff is very excited about the prospects for this winter," said head coach Willi Steinrotter
. "We've added quality to both the men's and the women's teams with new recruits and we feel that they are going to be able and ready to contribute to the team this season. And along with the new members, the men's and women's returning athletes worked hard in the fall to get stronger, are skiing well and we feel they are ready to tackle the carnival circuit."
Senior captains Jake VanDeursen
and Ali Price
return as the most seasoned members of the Saints' squad, while the junior class is made up of captains Carter Armstrong
and Riley Whitney
, as well as Lindsay Ahmann
, Samuel Matel
, Alexx Nawrocki
, Anjelika Nella
, and Pietro Tomei
Last year, Armstrong concluded the team's 2018 campaign with a postseason run at the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Armstrong earned a 10th place spot in the slalom at the NCAA Eastern Regionals to secure a trip to the NCAAs and wrapped up the season with a 19th-finish in the giant slalom and a 15th-place result in the slalom at the championships.
VanDeursen skied to a season-best 14th-place finish in the giant slalom at the Williams College Carnival and posted five EISA top-25 finishes last season.
Whitney posted six EISA top-30 finishes on the season and posted a season-best 23rd-place performance in the slalom at UVM Winter Carnival.
The Saints large returning sophomore class is made up of Elise Bouchard
, Michael Fischer
, Makena Gorman
, Nicole Greene
, Griffin Knorpp
, Mikayla Lathrop
, Ian Osselaer
, Ella Pepin
, Tarrah Price
, Hunter Rodrick
, Lillian Silverstein
and Lauren Turner
. As first-years this sophomore class was the largest incoming class in Steinrotter's tenure at St. Lawrence.
Bouchard finished 33rd in the slalom for her season-best performance, while Lathrop finished 29th in the giant slalom at UVM for her season-best placing. For the sophomore men, Fischer finished 34th in the slalom at the Williams Carnival and Knorpp closed the season with a 43rd-place finish in the slalom at Middlebury for two season bests.
First-year members to the men's squad include Cleveland, Ohio native Ethan Hejna
, Carrabassett Valley, Maine native Henry Kearing
and Hanover, N.H. native Brian Seltzer
. Joining the women's side is Westmount, Quebec native Margaux Gilmour
, Wenham, Massachusetts resident Lila Schibli
and Whistler, British Columbia native Gabby Smith
In 2018, the men posted their best finish of the season, earning fourth place in the giant slalom at Middlebury on February 24th, while the women earned eighth place in the giant slalom at the UVM Carnival for their best performance of the season.
This season will take the Scarlet and Brown to the UNH Carnival, the UVM Winter Carnival, the Dartmouth College Carnival and finally to Middlebury College Carnival, before heading to Sunday River in Newry, Maine for the NCAA Eastern Regionals at the Bates College Carnival. This season, the NCAA Skiing Championships will be hosted by the University of Vermont at Stowe Mountain in Stowe, Vermont.