Ski, Snowboard Team Takes Podium Spots, 2 Going to Nationals

Two Wesleyan skiers took podium spots in the McBrine Division League Championships Feb. 16 and 17 at Magic Mountain, Vt. Michael Creager ’15 and Chris Delaney ’14 came in second and third respectively in the Men’s Ski Division. Two snowboarders, Dylan Penn ’15 and Atticus Swartwood ’14, qualified for nationals.

The Wesleyan Ski Team is a student-run club team that competes in both Giant Slalom and Slalom events. The men’s ski team, led by captain Adam Freed ’14, took first place overall in the 2013 season, qualifying for USCSA Eastern Regionals at Sugarloaf on Feb. 23-24. The women’s team, led by captains Marika Soltys ’14 and Taran Catania ’13, came in fourth overall, and qualified for Regionals after third-place Yale University dropped out of contention. This is the first year that snowboarding has been included in the McBrine Division.

“Being part of the Ski and Snowboard Team is all about having the opportunity to ski and be outside with people who have a passion for the same things as I do,” said women’s captain Soltys.

For information and results, visit the team’s website at http://wesleyanskiteam.group.wesleyan.edu/.

Michael Kruger ’15 charges down the giant slalom course during a McBrine Division race.

Michael Kruger ’15 charges down the giant slalom course during a McBrine Division race.

Chris Delaney ’14 rounds the third gate of the Giant Slalom race at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Chris Delaney ’14 rounds the third gate of the Giant Slalom race at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Zachary Kaufman ’16 competes in the in the McBrine men’s snowboard division.

Zachary Kaufman ’16 competes in the in the McBrine men’s snowboard division.

Dylan Penn ’15 leans into the turn of a snowboard Giant Slalom race at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Dylan Penn ’15 leans into the turn of a snowboard giant slalom race at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Ross Gormley ’13 skis for the Wesleyan Ski Team at a McBrine Division race.

Ross Gormley ’13 skis for the Wesleyan Ski Team at a McBrine Division race. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)