HANOVER, N.H. — Armed with the full complement of skiers allowed, the Dartmouth Big Green ski team is ready to make a run at the 2014 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Utah in Park City and Midway, Utah. The championships will begin on Wednesday with the giant slalom as the women start at 11 a.m. EST (9 a.m. local) and the men at 2:30 p.m. EST (12:30 local).
Dartmouth is one of eight schools that qualified a full team of 12 skiers, joining Alaska Anchorage, Denver, Montana State, New Mexico, host Utah, Vermont and the defending champion, Colorado. The competition for the national title is expected to be fierce. Vermont won the East Regional two weeks ago, besting the Big Green for the fourth straight year, while Utah edged the Buffaloes by a mere four points in the West Regional. A team from the East has won the title only twice in the past 17 years — Dartmouth in 2007 and Vermont in 2012.
Three of the six alpine skiers competing for the Big Green have previous NCAA experience, including sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) who earned first-team All-America honors as a rookie last year by finishing fourth in the slalom. Junior Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) also participated in last year’s championships, while junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) is making his third appearance. Competing for the first time are a pair of sophomores in Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) for the women and Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) for the men, as well as freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.).
In the Nordic events, senior and four-time All-American Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) is making her third trip to the NCAAs. As a sophomore, she finished fourth in the classic event and ninth in the freestyle, then came back last year to take seventh in the classic and eighth in the freestyle. The Dartmouth men also feature an All-American in junior Silas Talbot (Anchorage, Alaska), who placed fifth in the classic and ninth in the freestyle a year ago.
The other cross country skier with NCAA experience is sophomore Corey Stock (Lincoln, Mass.), who finished 20th in the classic and 15th in the freestyle as a freshman for the women. Making their first trip to the NCAA Championships are senior David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) and a pair of cousins in senior Isabel Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) and freshman Patrick Caldwell (Lyme, N.H.). The latter is peaking at the right time as he won the classic race at Williams before taking the top spot on the podium at the East Regional the following week, and hopes to fare as well as another of his cousins, Sophie Caldwell ’12, who last month posted the best-ever finish for a U.S. female cross-country skier at the Olympics (sixth in sprint).
The Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Assocation also announced their postseason awards after the regional last week. Vermont had seven of the eight Edgewise/Winterfell Leader Bibs, but didn’t make a clean sweep thanks to Talbot holding on to it for the classic races. was named the Edgewise/Winterfell Rookie of the Year among the men’s Nordic freshmen, and also joined 10 other Big Green skiers on the All-East teams.
EISA ALL-EAST TEAMS
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Silas Talbot, Jr. (Men’s Nordic)
Meg Currie, Fr. (Women’s Alpine)
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Fabian Stocek, Fr. (Men’s Nordic)
Following the giant slalom on Wednesday, the Nordic action begins on Thursday at Soldier Hollow with the classic races starting at noon EST. The slalom will be run on Friday back at Park City Mountain Resort beginning with the men’s first run at 11 a.m. EST, and the final day of competition will be back on the trails of Soldier Hollow with the freestyle mass start kicking off at noon EST.
Follow all of the action live online through the NCAA website, ncaa.com.