Williamstown, MA -- The Williams Alpine Ski Team worked extremely hard in the gym this fall in preparation for a winter of tough competition on the EISA Carnival skiing circuit. The team kicked off the ski season on snow in Loveland, Colo. over Thanksgiving, and had impressive results at early season races. After a productive training camp in Mittersill, N.H. last week, the Ephs are ready to ski fast.
The team graduated six seniors last year and has welcomed five enthusiastic first-years: Claudia Cantin, Isabel Grondin, Madeline Sullivan, Zach Dekko and Derick Peake. "Our team has tremendous camaraderie that has allowed our freshman to have an immediate impact on and off the hill, which will bode well for the carnival season," assistant coach Jeremy Lawless said.
The Alpine team is returning five athletes who scored top 30 results in the EISA circuit in the past. Returning scorers on the women's team include sophomore Hannah Trudeau and juniors Anna Bruce and Maddie Dekko. The men's team returns junior Will Snyder and the team is led by four seniors: Cole Janco, Ryan Schmidt, Paul Sheils and Will Kannegieser.
The Eph team looks forward to the collegiate racing season after great early season race results, with Bruce, Dekko and Kannegieser winning races. "Due to the academic calendar at Williams this year, we were able to have a longer prep period than we have in the past," head coach Kelsey Levine said. "The team has taken advantage of the opportunity and started the season firing. In preseason races, we have had six podiums in FIS races. Maddie Dekko and Anna Bruce have both won on the women's side. Will Kannegieser has had three race wins and Cole Janco put together a third-place race. On top of that, Maddie Dekko got 12th place in a North American Cup Race. The field was dense with all the top-level skiers on our continent – it's quite a feat."
The entire team has benefited from great early winter skiing conditions at Jiminy Peak and is ready to capitalize on good start positions earned from last year's results. "The team as a whole is mature in Carnival experience and has earned seed spots on the EISA circuit," Levine said. "These start positions should allow them to use their knowledge of the circuit to make a significant impact."
Harvard is set to host the first EISA carnival of the 2020 season on January 17 and 18. The alpine competition will take place in Waterville Valley, N.H.