Two alpine skiers advance to nationals

This past weekend the men and women’s alpine ski teams each qualified to send an athlete—Mike Boardman ’17 and Mardi Haskell ’17—to the Division 1 NCAA Championships, which will be held from March 8 to 11. For Haskell, this was her third time qualifying for the national tournament. Haskell is also a three-time All-American and was named to the All-East First Team selection this year capping off an illustrious regular season career. After coming in ninth place in the Championship last year, the sky seems to be the limit Haskell. She is arguably the most successful alpine skier in Colby history, and had a top run this weekend with a time of 52.79 seconds in the slalom and a total time of 1:52.25 for the weekend. This was good enough for sixth place in her final EISA race.

The other big story for Colby this weekend was Boardman who was also able to qualify for the Division 1 NCAA Championships. He posted a total time of 1:56.39 on the weekend which placed him 20th in the slalom meet.

Colby was able to place in the top ten for both the men’s and women’s side. The men’s team placed ninth overall with 43 team points. Colby and Bates shared ninth place. The University of Vermont took home first place with a score of 113, edging out Middlebury by eight points. This finish is quite impressive considering that the ski team is one of the few Division 1 programs at Colby.

The women took home fifth place overall, trumping Bates by three points. Middlebury again fell short of the title, finishing 26 points behind Dartmouth, who won the tournament with 128 points. Ingrid Klinkenberg  ’20 came away from the weekend with a positive outlook on Colby’s future. In an inteview with the Echo, she said “as a freshman I am really excited for the future of Colby Alpine.” Klinkenberg is one of eight first-years on the team. When asked about her seven fellow first-years, Klinkenberg said “I think we have a lot of potential to develop and become a stronger team during our time at Colby.”

There were a few other notable finishes throughout the weekend, despite the abnormal weather. On the women’s side, Colby had four racers within the top 40 led by Haskell, who was joined by Sandra Schoepke ’20 (27th place 1:17:06), Jessica Reinhart ’20 (31st place 1:17.75), and Lexi Hanus ’20 (37th place 1:18:45). All four of the Mules exemplified the team’s depth this season as a well-balanced team.

On the men’s side, there were three impressive finishes for the Mules. Boardman was joined by Sam Matel  ’20 (28th place 1:18:55) and Cam Price ’18 (31st place 1:19:26) which bodes well for the future of the men’s program.

When asked what it was like to represent Colby on the biggest stage of college sports, Division 1, Klinkenberg responded that“it is a great opportunity to compete and represent Colby at the D1 level at a predominantly D3 school because as a team we get to be a part of such a high level of competition.” Only a couple of weeks before the end of the season, the Mules are excited about both the near future at nationals and the long term future of the program.