After finishing in 12th place as a team at last year’s NCAA Skiing Championships, the four Williams skiers had extremely high expectations for this year’s championships in Utah last week. Williams finished in 15th while Denver University took home the championship.
Kicking off the championship season last Wednesday with another stellar performance was standout Shannon Campbell ’14 in the giant slalom. After her first run, Campbell was in 12th place overall and three
seconds out of All-American status. On her second run, Campbell slipped but recovered and took home an impressive 16th-place finish overall with a combined time of 2:00.95. After one day of action, Williams sat in 13th place.
On the second day of competition, three Eph nordic skiers took to the courses. Hannah Cole ’17, who has led the pack for the female nordic skiers all season, skied to 33rd place in the 5k race with a time of 15:15.5. Shortly thereafter, the men competed in their 10k race. Will Wicherski ’15 finished in 33rd with a time of 27.55.0, while Eli Hoenig ’17 finished in 38th with a time of 28.21.0 in his first NCAA competition. At the end of Day Two, Williams was in 16th place.
The championships concluded with both a nordic freestyle race and an alpine slalom on Saturday. Hoenig posted the best nordic finish for the Ephs, coming in 17th place in the 20k with a time of 44:25.6. Wicherski also placed in the top 30, finishing in 29th with a time of 45:12.1. On the women’s side, Cole finished in 32nd place in the 15k race with a time of 44:23.2. On the slopes, after coming in 16th on Wednesday, Campbell finished one place better, placing 15th with a time of 1:43.64 in the slalom.
The Ephs finished in 15th place out of the 22 competing teams.
“We only qualified four people and we didn’t really feel any pressure to accomplish an overly impressive team result,” said Campbell. “Eli had a really great result, espcially at his first NCAAs. Will had a great second race, Hannah had two solid races and I was really happy with my skiing. Just being there was really exciting.”
With the conclusion of its season, alpine graduates Campbell as well as co-captain John Sanderson ’14, while nordic graduates co-captain Isaac Hoenig ’14 and co-captain Kalle Jahn ’14.
“The team came together really well all season,” Campbell said. “We had a great time together and were all very supportive of each other. It was by far the most fun season out of my four years on the team.”