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Caldwell Named Women's Collegiate Nordic Skier of the Year

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Sophie Caldwell     By Paul Bussi
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth senior Sophie Caldwell was honored by Ski Racing Magazine today as it selected the native of Peru, Vt., as the 2012 Collegiate Nordic Skier of the Year. The only female to finish on the podium in both races at the NCAA Championships last month, Caldwell wrapped up a terrific collegiate career by helping the Big Green place fourth nationally.

“This is a well deserved honor for Sophie and a great way to wind up her collegiate career,” said Dartmouth women’s Nordic coach Cami Thompson Graves. “I know we will be seeing more results from her in the years to come!”

Caldwell won three races during the carnival season and second three other times, earning the top ranking in the East for NCAA qualifiers. She did not disappoint at the NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Mont., placing third in the 5K Freestyle before completing the 15K Classic in a race for the ages. She and Vermont’s Amy Glen were neck-and-neck at the finish line, and it took more than 10 minutes to declare a winner — Caldwell finished in second by a mere two inches.

In total, she raced 13 times on the collegiate circuit, and finished among the top three in all but one race. The two top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships garnered her All-America first-team honors in both events, and boosted her career total to five All-America honors — three on the first team and two more on the second team.

“I'm honored to be selected for this honor and very happy with how the season turned out,” Caldwell said. “But I think the entire Dartmouth Nordic Team deserves this award. Everyone on the team has been such a great second family and a wonderful support system for me, and I certainly share this award with them.”

Caldwell, along with several of her teammates, will ski professionally after graduation for a team based out of Stratton, Vt.