Ski team finishes strong season

The Carnegie Mellon ski and snowboard team, created in 2005 and, over the years, has grown to encompass men’s and women’s teams in alpine ski racing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding. The team competes in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA).

This past season has been the club’s most successful so far. The women’s alpine team had accomplishments such as finishing second in the Allegheny Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Conference (ACSC) and receiving fourth at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.

The men’s alpine team had similar accomplishments, as it finished fourth in the ACSC and finished eighth at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals.

Individually on the women’s team, first-year Anna Cederquist finished seventh All-Conference A-team in the ACSC, while junior Daria Bojko finished third All-Conference B-team. As for the men, junior Paul Kimball finished seventh All-Conference for snowboarding.

The men’s and women’s freestyle teams made a strong standing at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. This was the first year the region included freestyle skiing. Master’s student Maryanna Saenko finished first and Cederquist finished third, leading the women’s freestyle team to a first-place finish. On the men’s side, senior Ben Streeter led the men to a second-place finish with his second-place individual placement.

Both the men’s and women’s freestyle teams qualified for the USCSA National Championship, which took place March 8–12 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Carnegie Mellon was represented by Saenko, junior Katie Dickson, Streeter, senior Jeff Bizzak, and junior Jeremy Slovak at nationals.

The women took fourth place in skier cross, fourth place in slope style, and third place in half pipe, earning them third place overall; Saenko and Dickson were both recognized as second-team All-Americans. The men placed fifth in skier cross and fifth overall; Streeter was recognized as second-team All-American as well.