Ski Teams Qualify Full Squad For NCAA Championships

Ski Teams Qualify Full Squad For NCAA Championships

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For the first time since 2008, Middlebury has qualified a full team of 12 skiers for the NCAA Skiing Championships. The event is hosted by the University of Vermont from March 6-9 at the Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Mountain Resort. The Panthers are one of just six schools to qualify the maximum of 12 competitors.

Action begins on Wednesday, March 6 with the women's 5K and men's 10K skate races, followed by the giant slalom competition on Thursday. On Friday, the women's 15K and men's 20K classical events will take place, with the slalom completing the championship on Saturday.

Junior Annika Landis (Hailey, Idaho) and sophomores Alexandra Lawson (West Burke, Vt.) and Avery Ellis (Montgomery Center, Vt.) will compete on the nordic side for the Panthers. Joining them will be seniors Lewis Nottonson (Acton, Mass) and Sam Wood (Harpswell, Maine), along with sophomore Peter Wolter (Hailey, Idaho).

On the slopes, senior Caroline Bartlett (London, Ont.) along with sophomores Lucia Bailey (Calgary, Alb.) and Madison Lord (Kittery Point, Maine) will race for the alpine team. Sophomores Erik Arvidsson (Woodside, Calif) and Justin Alkier (Toronto, Ont.), along with first-year racer Tim Gavett (Waitsfield, Vt.) will compete for the men's team.

Wood is a two-time All-East selection on the nordic side, who is ranked third overall among all eastern racers this year. He has finished in the top five during his last six races of the carnival season, including a win during the 15K classic at the Middlebury Carnival. He also earned a victory in the 10K classic at the 2018 Williams Carnival.

Nottonson earned a spot on the All-East second team, after ranking eighth overall this winter. He has finished in the top five in four of the last five events, while earning a season-best third-place finish in both the 20K classic at UNH and the 15K classic at Middlebury.

Wolter, the 2018 EISA Rookie of the Year, had another solid winter for the Panthers. He finished the season ranked 13th in the east with six top-10 finishes. His best effort of the season came at Middlebury, where he placed fourth in the 15K Classic.

Landis has been the top performer this season for the Middlebury women, earning All-East honors with a fourth-place ranking. She finished the season with six top-five finishes and placed in the top 10 in all 10 individual events this year. Landis placed second in both the 5K free and the 10K classic in the season opener at St. Lawrence.

Lawson owns six top-10 finishes this year, including a sixth-place finish in the 10K classic at St. Lawrence. She opened the year by placing seventh in the 5K free at St. Lawrence.

Ellis ended the year ranked 22nd overall in the east, surging at the end of the season. Her best finish of the year came at the EISA Championships at Bates, where she was 11th in the 15K classic.

On the alpine side, Arvidsson is now a two-time All-East selection who finished the regular season ranked third overall. He swept the Middlebury Carnival this year, while placing in the top three on six different occasions. Arvidsson was second in the slalom at both UNH and UVM. The 2018 EISA Rookie of the Year finished fourth in the slalom at the NCAA Championships a year ago, earning All-American honors.

Gavett had a stellar rookie season for the Panthers, earning All-East honors with an overall ranking of sixth. He excelled in the GS, ranking fifth overall, including a second-place finish at Middlebury and a third-place effort at Vermont.

Alkier is an All-East racer who held down the 11th spot in the eastern rankings, coming on strong at the end of the season. He finished the year with three top-10 finishes, including a second-place effort during a GS qualifying race at Dartmouth. The previous day, Alkier claimed fifth in the same event at his own carnival.

Bartlett is now a three-time All-East selection, ranking ninth overall this season. She won the GS at the Middlebury Carnival for the third time this winter, and owns five career wins in the event. She placed in the top eight six different times this year. A year ago, Bartlett earned All-American honors with a fourth-place finish in the GS at the NCAA Championships.

Bailey just missed All-East honors with a ranking of 11th in 2019. She earned seven top-10 finishes, including four straight to end the season. Her best effort came at the Middlebury Carnival, where she was third in the slalom.

Lord held down the 17th spot in the east this season. She earned a pair of top-10 finishes, coming in eighth in the slalom at Middlebury and ninth in the GS at UNH.