The NCAA Skiing championships featured milestones for the Big Green. A first-ever win by a woman in nordic skiing and the first time in 12 years for a man to stand on the podium with a slalom win. Freshman Katharine Ogden finished the classical race 47-seconds ahead of the next skier. Sophomore Tanguy Nef won the slalom by more than three-quarters of a second. The two led the way to a 3rd place team finish for Dartmouth.
Their efforts are rewarded by being named the Hanover Brick and Brew Athletes of the Week.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Hanover Brick and Brew Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Katharine Ogden, Fr., Landgrove, Vt., Women's Nordic Skiing
Freshman Katharine Ogden made her first NCAA Skiing Championships memorable, winning both the women’s 5K classical and 15K freestyle to garner 80 points for Dartmouth. First, the native of Landgrove, Vermont, blew away the field in the classical race, winning by a stunning 47-second margin. Two days later, she lurked within the leading pack of skiers during the first of three 5K loops, then quickly distanced herself to take a huge lead that she never relinquished, crossing the finish line 37.6 seconds ahead of the next finisher. Ogden is the first woman to win a cross-country race at the NCAAs for the Big Green, and the first Dartmouth skier of any kind to win two events at the championships in 56 years.
Tanguy Nef, So., Geneva Switzerland, Men's Alpine
Tanguy Nef provided the most points (77) among the men’s skiers at the NCAA Skiing Championships last week, finishing second in the giant slalom before claiming the slalom title for his own. The sophomore from Geneva, Switzerland, narrowly missed out on making it a sweep of the two races, but he was beaten out by teammate Brian McLaughlin in the GS, giving the Big Green the top two on the podium. But in the slalom, he was sitting third after the first run, then tore up the course on his second run to win the event by more than three-quarters of a second. He is the first Dartmouth skier to win the slalom in a dozen years.