Jan 10, 2019
WATERVILLE, Maine -- After five top-10 finishes in the slalom and a trip to the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships as a first-year, Rosie Hust and the Colby College alpine ski teams open the 2019 season Friday.
Hust (Long Lake, Minn.) will get to ski the slalom Friday at the St. Lawrence University Carnival at Lake Placid in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) opener. The giant slalom was scheduled to be run, but high winds and extreme cold forced officials to make the switch.
"Were excited to kick off the season with our returning athletes and some of our new faces," Colby head coach Danny Noyes said. "It’s been a great season to date, and it will be nice to see where we stack up."
Included among Hust's five top-10 finishes was a seventh in the slalom at the Eastern Championships.
Rosie, Sandy Schoepke, Colbey Derwin, and Matt Wilson are primed to improve on their seeding from last year," Noyes said. "First-years Rylee McCormack, Chauncey Morgan, and Paul Ferri look to step in and make an impact.'
Schoepke (Stowe, Vt.), a two-year captain as a junior, finished third in the slalom at the U.S. Junior Alpine Ski Championships. She made the top 30 of every race, including a 17th in the slalom at the Eastern Championships.
Sophomore Lily Hogan (New York, N.Y.) had a number of top-20 and 30 finishes a year ago. She was 19th in the giant slalom at the Eastern Championships. Two other sophomores -- Julia Chahine (Park City, Utah) and Sophia Sherman (Andover, Mass.) -- also return.
Junior Jessica Reinhart (La Crosse, Wis.) had a number of top-20 finishes in her first two years. Fellow junior Ingrid Klinkenberg (Burlington, Vt.) will be a co-captain with Schoepke, while junior Lexi Hanus (East Burke, Vt.) also returns.
McCormack (Lewiston, Maine) had some solid finishes in the preseason FIS races. First-year Tess Baldwin (Poulsbo, Wash.) is another new skier for Noyes.
For the Colby men, Derwin (pictured, Edwards, Colo.) had a good preseason in FIS races after three top-20 finishes in the slalom last year.
Wilson (East Burke, Vt.) won an FIS slalom race during the preseason events and was strong in the giant slalom last year with top-25 finishes.
Senior Ellis Grubman (Cambridge, Mass.) and junior Matt Calarco (Avon, Colo.) are the men's team captains.
Ferri (Killington, Vt.), the younger brother of Michael Ferri '18, Morgan (Hanover, N.H.), Marc Hartnett (Killington, Vt.), and Ian Woolson (Waitsfield, Vt.) make up the first-year class.