Sports | Features

Women’s ski team qualifies for nationals in Lake Placid

The alpine racing team’s annual dues are in the neighborhood of $500. While team members say they get their money’s worth of skiing in two or three trips, they’re getting much more this year. After finishing second at regionals in Hunter, N.Y., last week, the women’s team is headed to nationals. 

“This year was an amazing transformation for the girls’ team,” Polly Evans, SEAS ’13 and an engineering graduate student, said.

It’s the first-ever trip to nationals for a Columbia alpine team, male or female. Each team sends five skiers to compete in two events—slalom and giant slalom. The top three individual times go toward the team’s score. While Evans has qualified in the past as an individual, she said this year, there was more depth on the team, allowing it to get enough high scores to qualify.

It was a result, Evans said, of luck, as well as the aggressive recruiting efforts of team captains Victoria Wills, CC ’14, and Vidal Meric, GS ’14.

“We’re a ski team and also a ski club,” Meric said. “It’s just as important to have a lot of members in the club, so we can do all the trips that we want to do—collect enough dues so we can do our favorite things.”

The end result was a talented, international group, which included three Turks—including Zeynep Ejder, BC ’17, who has competed internationally for Turkey—a few Italians, Americans, and the Canadian Wills. 

“One day, there was just so many Turks racing, so we just said, ‘Oh, we’re like the Turkish national team of Columbia University,’” Meric said.

The team also added Lauren Peirce, CC ’14, who finished right behind Evans at regionals and whom Evans said takes the pressure off her. Wills, a snowboarder, qualified for nationals as an individual as well.

Nationals will be March 9-15 in Lake Placid, N.Y. The team is still working on its funding situation and travel plans to get there. It’ll be a much smaller contingent than the club’s normal weekend outing—two or three dozen people.

The team chemistry this year, team members said, has been especially great. 

“Ski racing can be super intense, especially when you’re not racing as a team, and you’re racing as an individual,” Kara Krakower, BC ’14, said. “It’s really cool to be on a team that actually supports each other.”

Its traditions range from waiting at the bottom of the course with a megaphone for a teammate to finish, to tackling teammates and having snowball fights while waiting to race, to dressing up on Senior Day in Halloween-esque skiing outfits, which in the past have included Borat and blue unicorns.

“I hope that people on my team beat me,” Evans said. “It’s a lot more relaxed than other ski racing can be.”

Because the team does not have its own coach due to price concerns, club members also must coach each other going down the slopes.

“Everybody watches each other and tells each other what they’re doing wrong,” Evans said. 

“It is hard, though. The less you train, the more you decline, no matter what,” she added. “You forget what you’re supposed to do.”

Outings start as daily trips every weekend to nearby skiing destinations. As the season wears on, they travel further away on overnight trips, in preparation for competition.

“When you go into a course, you have no idea how fast is a good time until everyone is done, and you can compare against people, which makes it unique,” Wills said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Zeynep's Ejder's name. Spectator regrets the error.


Plain text

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Your username will not be displayed if checked
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.
idvnKe posted on

how much is yours worth? adderall xr dosage forms - adderall xr no insurance

libkcwdys posted on

“It’s really all we can do,” said Councilman Al Mitchell. “We have no influence whatsoever over what goes on at Blood Lane.” [url=]tn pas cher[/url] IGFuZCBoaXMgYWxsaWVzIGNvbnRlbmQgdGhhdCB0aGUgZWR1Y2F0aW9uIHN0YW5kYXJkcyBzb21l p [url=]gucci outlet[/url]
M’gladbach 6 3 3 0 8 3 12 [url=]cheap oakleys[/url] In the eastern district of Ermera, known for its celebration of the annual coffee harvest in July, drunkenness and causing trouble while drunk have been banned since February 2012, under a traditional form of law and order known as Tara-bandu.
“Tired of stories like these? Then elect Lawrence VanDyke to the Montana State Supreme Court. Lawrence VanDyke is not a politician. He is an avid sportsman from Bozeman. Lawrence VanDyke will defend our constitutional rights, protect our property rights and enforce strict punishment for violent criminals. Lawrence VanDyke: no politics, no agenda, all Montana.” [url=]michael kors outlet[/url] The study was led by researchers at Brandeis University's Schneider Institute for Health Policy in Waltham, Massachusetts, the INCLEN Trust International in New Delhi, and the Indian Council of Medical Research's Centre for Research in Medical Entomology (CRME) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. d [url=]scarpe hogan outlet[/url]
Location [url=]michael kors outlet[/url] 5. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.
h Joshua Finke is charged with felony first-degree assault. Authorities say the 38-year-old victim and his roommates believed Finke had something to do with the disappearance of their 200-pound pig and confronted him at a home in Winfield. [url=]michael kors outlet[/url] Kraft mac cheese dinner, 5.5 – 7.25 oz boxes, $1.00 - .50 discount = .50 each [url=]gucci outlet[/url]
Where are you planning on sleeping? Cat asked Lawson, adding, you re welcome to sleep on the other side of the bed. [url=]cheap oakley sunglasses[/url] In Asia the problem is often particularly acute in border areas or along migration corridors where several communities compete for resources and are vying for the attention of development groups.
At the docks Friday, people couldn t believe such a tragedy struck their close-knit community. [url=]scarpe hogan[/url] Yet even the countries that supported or took part in the military intervention are likely to be vulnerable. u [url=]cheap ray bans[/url]
Each of these senior and experienced secretaries was suitably discreet and measured in his criticisms. That they raised the issues at all, however, surely indicates the level of their frustration and disillusionment with the current state of politics and policy debate. Public servants are well accustomed to the demands of electoral politics and the need for politicians to court public opinion. But they also expect ministers to leave space for the serious business of policy development in partnership with their departments. It is the steady erosion of this space that concerns them and should concern us all. [url=]michael kors outlet[/url] The petition headed to the Planning Board is a review of a concept plan and requires no vote.
Arabic, English and German. [url=]cheap ray bans[/url] IGJlIHJlYWNoZWQgYXQgMzMwLTk5Ni0zNzI0IG9yIDxhIGhyZWY9Im1haWx0bzpibGluZmlzaGVy
Friday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.: Thane Maynard of the Cincinnati Zoo shares his love of animals and concern for their future on “The 90-Second Naturalist.” [url=]michael kors outlet[/url] Kenya s most senior refugee official conceded that 300 children had been separated during Operation Usalama Watch.
Twitter vice president Ben Lee wrote in a blog post that it's suing in an effort to publish the full version of a "transparency report" prepared this year that includes those details. [url=]tn pas cher[/url] bjsgeW91IHdpbGwgbm90IGF1dG9tYXRpY2FsbHkgYmUgaW5jbHVkZWQuPC9wPg0KPHA+DQoJ4oCi
w Amarin TV HD hopes to break even within seven years. [url=]michael kors outlet[/url] "As part of these new projects, we already have opened a door and window factory that can produce these items for up to 180,000 homes a year," said Molina.
The bartender nods. [url=]cheap oakleys[/url] District secretary P. Vickraman, MLA R. Annadurai, State executive committee member Jothiram and others addressed the meeting. d [url=]gucci outlet online[/url]
authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ [url=]fake ray bans[/url] He said that the Avishkar team had already ordered the solar panels, which were expected to arrive in a couple of weeks time. We are planning to start the installation work by mid-October, he said.
p Angelina Angel Cocuzza, age 61, resided at the Lumberton Independent Living campus on Route 38 near Madison Avenue in Lumberton. The length of time she has been missing and the pending winter storm have led to an intensified effort to locate Angelina, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor and Lumberton Police Department. [url=]cheap gucci shoes[/url] Citing a need for a fresh challenge, Lennon has been linked with a number of jobs in England over the summer period, and more recently with the job at Bolton Wanderers, who have recently parted company with their manager Dougie Freedman. u
The writer travelled courtesy of Peregrine Adventures. [url=]replica jordans[/url] During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), religion was banned. It was revived in the 1980s, leading to growing numbers of Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims and Christians, among other faiths. The government's push for gender equality helped broaden Muslim women's roles. [url=]gucci outlet[/url]
Now entering his third season in the NFL, Taylor still follows Nebraska, watching from hotels on Saturdays whenever the Dolphins are on the road.  Nebraska is also where he met his wife, Sarah, then a grad assistant with media relations who came to Taylor’s first ever practice at the University. [url=]fake oakleys[/url] IHByYWN0aWNhbC4gJiM4MjMyO0ZvY3VzIG9uIHRvZGF5PC9wPjxwPlRoZSBlZGl0b3JpYWwgcGFn k [url=]replica jordans[/url]
Prosecutors have called for a 15-year prison sentence for the 32-year-old Belkacem. [url=]cheap jordans[/url] Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Lawrence admitted that she was initially mortified that her private pictures had made it onto the Internet but noted that being a celebrity doesn't mean that every detail of her life should be public. [url=]replica jordans[/url] dW5pdHMgaW4gMjAwNSBhbmQgZHJvcHBlZCB0byBhIGxvdyBpbiAyMDEyIGFzIHNoYWxlIHJlc291 z [url=]replica jordans[/url]
By the time she lined up for a second crack at Europe's richest all-aged race, she was showing a dividend of 15.40 (for a 1 outlay), an extraordinary price for a filly who had circled the entire field and hacked up the previous year. [url=]fake jordans for sale[/url] They also deemed Portuguese to be a neutral language among the people of Timor-Leste, which has dozens of indigenous languages. When Timor-Leste achieved independence, its leaders chose Portuguese and Tetum as the country s official languages and instructed schools to teach in these.