Strong season for ski, snowboard club

Over the course of the winter, the 21 determined members of the Carnegie Mellon Ski & Snowboard Club team have hit the slopes to compete in a variety of events, namely the slalom and giant slalom for skiers and the slope-style and giant slalom for snowboarders. With practices at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and competitions across the region, the team has proven itself this year, performing at what is arguably its highest level in years.

On Feb. 9–10, both the ski and snowboard segments of the squad competed at Blue Knob in the Allegheny Mountains, against teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region. The ski team placed second in the men’s category and fourth in the women’s.

The women were led by junior Anna Cederquist, who placed second in the individual single-course race. Other strong performers in the women’s race were first-years Niki Kawakami and Robin Song, who achieved 12th and 14th places, respectively.

“Our team did pretty well, with no disqualifications,” Kawakami said. “I think we were successful.”

Carnegie Mellon’s club ski team offers racing opportunities to both those with significant racing experience and newcomers alike. “Many of our members this year are freshmen or new members. [Junior Eric Telmer] and I are the only two returning skiers from two years ago,” Kawakami said.

The top performer on the men’s team was first-year standout Shepard Emerson, subject of last week’s Athlete Profile and winner of the individual competition at Blue Knob, followed by junior Alexander Warzinski in 24th place and sophomore Caleb Levine in 27th.

Emerson, who also placed second at the team’s previous race at Elk Mountain in January, said that the team has been “dominant among several local teams, and we have done especially well for a team that has people with little racing experience.”

The snowboard members also performed well. At the past competition, the team placed second, only falling behind the United States Naval Academy. Telmer and senior Ruari Egan have led the team in men’s alpine and women’s alpine, respectively.

Telmer said that this has been the “best season so far, [with the team] consistently placing in the top three as a team each weekend and having members placing first in some of the weekends.”

“We place[d] second as a team for the season, and one of our guys and one of our girls got second overall for the season,” he added.

The ski and snowboard team practices nearly every Wednesday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in addition to having workouts throughout the week on campus.

The team participates in five competitions sponsored by the Allegheny Collegiate Ski Conference during January and February.

The conference spans Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. It includes the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Davis and Elkins College, Bucknell University, Villanova University, and West Chester University.

The Ski & Snowboard Club team will travel to Timberline, W.Va., for the regional competition this Friday.