After a sucessful weekend at Sugarloaf, both men’s and women’s team have offically qualified to compete at the National Championships in Lake Placid!
The racers faced tough conditions going into the GS on Saturday, after a bit of rain on Friday had frozen the snow solid. The women’s team fought hard and Emily Visnic, Alice Anastasia, Katia Kozak, and Lindsay Wright, layed down solid times in both first run and second run, putting the team in 5th place for the day. The men’s team benfited from the fast times of Julian Scherding, Nick Sherman, Adam Sapers, and Dan Wigmore, and were seated in 4th for the day.
After a tough crash the day before, Hana Saydek came back to lead the women’s team into a 5th place finish for the day, supported by the times of Emily, Alice, and Lindsay. The men’s team was shaken by a surprise DSQ of Julian Scherding who won the first run and came in second overall. Unsure whether they could make it without his time, their placement was uncertain. However, after a disappointing crash the day before, Tom Licata came back to lay down two fast runs, and lead the team with a 19th place finish, supported by excellent results from Adam, Nick, and Dan. The Men’s team finished in 7th for the day.
Overall, after a nervewracking award ceremonies, the Women’s team placed 4th for the weekend, and the Men’s team placed 5th, both teams earning a spot at Nationals!! Northeastern was the only club team to qualify, and the first team from the Thompson division to qualify in 15 years. The whole team is looking on to Lake Placid and preparing for their first National Championships in decades. Nationals will be held at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid March 10th-15th.