Two All-Americans for Skiing

The Colby men and women’s Alpine and Nordic ski teams finished out their seasons this past weekend at the NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. For the first time ever in Colby history, Olivia Amber ’17 earned Colby an All-American honor in the nordic program after finishing ninth in the Championships on Saturday. Amber also came in first in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) skiers with a time of 55:30. Teammate Amy Bianco ’17 also had a strong finish at 16th with a time of 56:15.  

Mardi Haskell ’17 earned her third consecutive All-American honor for alpine skiing after, for the second year in a row, placing fourth with a time of 1:31.15 minutes. Of Haskell’s performance, coach Danny Noyes said in a press release, “Mardi showed she was committed to getting back to the top. It’s the second year in a row that she finished as the first American skier and the first non-scholarship athlete.” In the giant slalom, Haskell finished 13th, and teammate Sierra Leavitt ’16 finished 24th.

Colby women’s Nordic ended up finishing sixth overall and first among EISA schools. Haskell’s strong performance also led to a combined twelfth place finish for both Alpine and Nordic teams, with a total score of 107 points. Coach Tracey Cote told Colby College Athletics, “[Amber’s] All-American honor is the first one, male or female, for the program. We also had the first and third skiers from the EISA, which is a great accomplishment. It was really a great day and all three of my skiers did amazing.” In men’s nordic events, Zane Fields ’19, who was the youngest competitor among men’s nordic skiers, placed 26th on Thursday with a time of 24:5.0 minutes in the ten-km freestyle.

Both alpine and nordic teams finished out the season with a combined eleven athletes receiving academic honors. They include: Kim Bourne ’16, Kat Chenail ’17, Silas Eastman ’17, Gabe Forest ’18, Jackson Hall ’17, Mardi Haskell ’17, Vivian Hawkinson ’18, Ian Liphart ’18, Sam Sinkler ’18, Jeff Tucker ’16, and Caroline Winslow ’18. Colby ranked third in the NESCAC in academic honors for the winter season.