The NCAA Skiing Championships begin on Wednesday morning with the giant slalom and continue through Saturday. Follow @DartmouthSkiing on Twitter for live updates throughout each day of racing, and keep up with the action with video streaming and live timing online.
Dozen Skiers to NCAAs
Dartmouth qualified the full allotment of 12 skiers for the NCAA Championships for the third straight year and fourth time in the last five. All but three of those dozen skiers have competed at the NCAAs a combined 16 times previously with senior Foreste Peterson making her fourth trip to the championships.
|Men’s Alpine||Women’s Alpine||Men’s Nordic||Women’s Nordic|
|Brian McLaughlin||Stephanie Currie||Luke Brown||Lydia Blanchet|
|Tanguy Nef||Alexa Dlouhy||Callan DeLine||Lauren Jortberg|
|Thomas Woolson||Foreste Peterson||Gavin McEwen||Katharine Ogden|
Seven of the 12 Big Green skiers have previously earned All-America honors a total of 11 times. Four are two-time All-Americans, three picked earned their first honor last year:
• Brian McLaughlin — SL 1st team, 2016; GS 1st team, 2017
• Foreste Peterson — GS 1st team, 2016; SL 1st team, 2017
• Thomas Woolson — SL 2nd team, 2016; GS 1st team, 2017
• Alexa Dlouhy — SL 2nd team, 2016-17
• Luke Brown — FS 2nd team, 2017
• Lauren Jortberg — CL 2nd team, 2017
• Tanguy Nef — SL 2nd team, 2017
Vying for Fourth NCAA Title
After winning five of the six carnivals in the East, Dartmouth is looking to earn its fourth NCAA title, having won the championship in 1958, ’76 and most recently, 2007. The teams from the West have dominated, however, winning nine of the 10 titles since the Big Green last finished atop the heap, and the 12 before that. A total of 65 NCAA champions have been crowned throughout the years, but only Vermont (6) and Dartmouth (3) have won from the East.
Near Carnival Sweep
For the second straight year, the Big Green won five of the six carnivals, losing out only at St. Michael’s by 10 points to Vermont. Over the last three years, Dartmouth has won 12 of the 18 carnivals, with its first of two wins in 2016 ending a near four-year drought.
EISA Alpine Coach of the Year
Dartmouth men’s alpine coach Peter Dodge was selected as the EISA Alpine Coach of the Year, his third such honor in a 29-year career with the Big Green. This is the second straight year a Dartmouth coach has won the honor; the women’s alpine coach, John Dwyer, took home the award last year in his first season with the Big Green. Dwyer was also chosen as the National Alpine Coach of the Year in 2017 by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.
EISA Women’s Nordic Rookie of the Year
Freshman Katharine Ogden didn’t take long to adjust to college skiing, stepping on the podium in her very first race by claiming second in the 5K freestyle. She went on to rack up eight podium stops in 10 races while never finishing worse than fourth. And in her last six races, she took the gold five times. Not hard to understand why the EISA bestowed her with the Women’s Nordic Rookie of the Year honor.
The Big Green claimed their second straight EISA title two weeks ago at Middlebury by more than 100 points over runner-up Vermont, 979-841. Dartmouth won five of the eight events, including victories in both the women’s Nordic and men’s alpine races. The Big Green also had four individual skiers earn the gold with six others stepping on the podium as well. Freshman Katharine Ogden won the women’s 5K Classic on March 2 before doubling up with a win in the 15K Free the following day. Other victors were Tanguy Nef (men’s slalom) and Brian McLaughlin (men’s GS).
NCAA Individual Champions
Dartmouth has had 35 individual NCAA champions throughout the years with a majority coming in the alpine races. But the last three individual titles went to Nordic racers — Glenn Randall (2008), Sam Tarling (2011) and Patrick Caldwell (2015).
The last Big Green alpine skier to win at the NCAAs was Karl Johnson in the slalom (2006), capping a five-year run of Dartmouth skiers winning the event, none of which were repeat skiers. Three-time Olympian David Chodounsky (2005), Paul McDonald (2004), Bradley Wall (2003) and Roger Brown (2002) completed the five-year reign. Only one other school has had an individual win a specific event five straight years — Denver won men’s jumping in the first five years of the NCAA Championships (1954-58), although the first three were won by the same skier.
The Big Green have had only two women win NCAA individual titles — Anouk Patty in 1988 and Jen Collins in 1996, both in the giant slalom. Dartmouth’s best chances to end that drought will lie with senior Foreste Peterson, who won three GS races this winter and nine in her career, and freshman Katharine Ogden, who won three classical races as well as a pair of freestyles.
Going for the Gold
Four Dartmouth skiers won a total of 16 carnival races this year — Tanguy Nef and Katharine Ogden five each, and Brian McLaughlin and Foreste Peterson three apiece. On top of that, the Big Green had 42 more podium finishes for a total of 58 in the top three. That constitutes 42 percent of all podiums throughout the carnival season.
Big Green in the Olympics
Dartmouth had no less than 15 alums and students compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Of those 15, no less than 13 competed for the United States, 10 competed for Dartmouth as collegians and eight were members of the Big Green ski team. Those eight were:
• Rosie Brennan ’11 — cross country
• Patrick Caldwell ’17 — cross country
• Sophie Caldwell ’12 — cross country
• David Chodounsky ’08 — alpine
• Susan Dunklee ’08 — biathlon
• Annie Hart ’14 — cross country
• Ida Sargent ’11 — cross country
• Tucker Murphy ’04 — cross country (Bermuda)