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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:22 am
by Tom Nolette
BatesSports ‏@BatesSports
.@BatesCollege grad Micaela Holland to coach alpine ski teams ... 0823o7nj6i … … #mesports @eisaskiing

Micaela Holland '11 returns to Bates as head coach of alpine skiing

Micaela Holland becomes Bates' first new alpine ski coach since 2001. (Courtesy of Clarkson University)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Former Bates College skiing standout Micaela Holland is returning to her alma mater as head coach of the Bobcat men's and women's alpine ski teams, as announced today by Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh.

Holland comes to Bates from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., where she was head alpine ski coach and director of outdoor recreation over the past academic year, following two years as assistant coach.

"I am particularly excited to welcome back as our new head alpine skiing coach someone who I had the pleasure of watching compete on the national stage for Bates," said McHugh. "Micaela is a terrific fit -- not only as an alumna, but as a coach who already has a track record of developing high quality student-athletes, with successful recruiting experience and the knowledge and energy to continue the upward trajectory of Bates alpine skiing. I look forward to her coming aboard and positively impacting immediately the ski program, our department and the campus community."

Holland graduated from Bates in 2011 after competing in three NCAA National Collegiate Ski Championships. She replaces Rogan Connell, who had led the program since 2001.

"I am so thankful to Kevin McHugh and everyone involved in the selection process for their confidence that I will successfully lead the alpine ski program," said Holland. "As a proud alumna, Bates has always been a very special place to me and it has long been a dream of mine to come back and work with the program. Coach Connell has led a high quality alpine ski program for a number of years, and we will build on that foundation to create one of the best ski programs in the country."

Holland received the Bates Senior Athletic Citation in 2011 after her stellar career with the Bobcats. After entering the program as something of an unknown as a first-year student, the Belmont, Massachusetts native competed at the NCAA Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and served as team captain in her junior and senior years. Holland also received Bates' Lloyd Lux Award for excellence in athletic leadership in 2010.

Holland was battling a knee injury entering her senior year, which limited her training to one day a week and caused her to miss a number of races. However, as Connell later commented, "her love for the sport outweighted any pain and allowed her to overcome any injury on her way to becoming the leader of the alpine program." She had four top-15 carnival finishes on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association circuit that year and returned to the NCAAs, where she tied her best national finish of 18th in the slalom and had her best finish in the giant slalom at 20th. Holland's performance helped lead Bates to an 11th-place finish at NCAAs, which remains the program's the best finish since 1999.

After graduating from Bates with a degree in sociology, Holland began work at Green Mountain Valley School, where she was U-16 ski racing coach as well as admissions counselor and seventh grade social studies teacher.

She moved on to Clarkson, where she assistant coached the Golden Knights alpine team while pursuing a master's degree in business administration. In Holland's only year as head coach at Clarkson, she led the men's team to a program-record first-place finish in the MacConnell Division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference, while guiding the women's team to fourth place in the division.

"The last three years I've spent at Clarkson University have provided me insight as to what it takes to create a culture for athletic success. That experience, coupled with my familiarity of the supportive environment that the athletic department at Bates provides its student-athletes, will allow the Bobcats to see many successes for years to come.

"I am most looking forward to working with the student-athletes. "I know Bates challenges students to be inquisitive and think critically in the classroom, and I can't wait to foster that environment on the slopes." ... 0823o7nj6i

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:21 am
by Tom Nolette
Colby Nordic Skiing ‏@ColbyNordic 8h8 hours ago
First Eastern Cup of the year and Silas Eastman 3rd overall and top collegiate skier!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:51 am
by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Olivia Amber is a first alternate for the Under-23 World Championships after she and other members of the Colby College Nordic ski program competed at the 2017 U.S. National Championships at Soldier Hollow in Utah.

Colby Nordic skiers also competed in the second New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup of the season at Quarry Road Trails on Saturday and Sunday. The Mules begin the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season this Friday at the St. Lawrence Carnival.

Amber, an All-American last year, was 49th overall, fifth among EISA skiers, and 19th from NCAA skiers in the 10-kilometer skate race at the national meet. She also placed fourth among EISA skiers and 11th of NCAA skiers in the 20-kilometer classic race.

Despite breaking a pole and falling in the 30-kilometer mass start race, Silas Eastman still finished 45th overall, sixth among EISA skiers, and 12th from NCAA skiers. He had the same EISA and NCAA finishes in the 15-kilometer skate race while crossing the line 58th overall.

Andrew Egger was fast in the classic sprint race, finishing 30th overall. He was the fifth EISA skier and 13th among NCAA skiers.

At the Eastern Cup at Quarry Road Trails, warm temperatures and rain preceded the weekend's cold front to create fast and icy conditions. In Saturday's freestyle sprint, Scott Harrison placed eighth and teammate Zane Fields took 10th place among the men. In the junior sprints, Annika Martell finished on the podium by taking third place.

In Sunday's classic mass start races, Amy Bianco finished in sixth place with a time of 32 minutes, 22.1 seconds over the 10-kilometer course.

The Colby men had three racers in the top 20 over 15 kilometers. Fields was eighth in 57:09.3, Harrison took 14th with a 57:50.4, and Ian Liphart finished 20th in 58:26.7.

U.S. Natioinal Championship results:

Full Eastern Cup results:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:18 am
by MBRer
BatesSports ‏@BatesSports
Nordic ski preview: 'Good things' in store for Bobcats as they open carnival season this weekend ... 0118lxsip1 … #mesports

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:19 am
by MBRer
BatesSports ‏@BatesSports
Alpine ski preview: New head coach Micaela Holland '11 leads experienced women's team, youthful men's team ... 0118lrv1u6 … #mesports

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:02 am
by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College alpine teams head to Lake Placid this weekend for the start of the 2017 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season and the final year of skiing for three-time All-American Mardi Haskell.

The Mules will compete in the St. Lawrence University Carnival on Friday and Saturday. While the Mules do not have a home meet this year at Sugarloaf, the Eastern Championships will be in Maine at Sunday River on Feb. 24-25.

Haskell (Holderness, N.H.) earned All-East First Team honors for the third straight year after taking third in the giant slalom and fourth in the slalom at the Eastern Championships. She concluded the season by placing fourth for the second straight year in the slalom at the NCAA Division I Championships.

Haskell, the lone women's captain for head coach Danny Noyes, will aim for five career All-American honors. Only Abbi Lathrop '06 would have more with six in program (men and women) history.

Junior Ryanne Daley (Sudbury, Mass.) showed major improvement from her first year to her sophomore season. After a best finish of 30th as a first-year, Daley had three top-20 finishes in 2016.

The rest of the women's team will be made up of promising newcomers. Jessica Reinhart (La Crosse, Wis.) took a gap year and skied for the Park City (Utah) Ski Team last year and was a forerunner with Haskell at a World Cup event at Killington. Other first-years include: Lexi Hanus (East Burke, Vt.), Ingrid Klinkenberg (Burlington, Vt.), and Sandra Schoepke (Stowe, Vt.).

"Reinhart and Schoepke will start the season in the top-30 rankings because they attended an EISA race last year and finished in the top 10," Noyes said. "Bodes well that they are already tested on this stage and performed well."

The men's team has nice balance among the 11 skiers, with two seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and four first-years. Senior Michael Boardman (Pelham, N.H.) and junior Cam Price (Rutland, Vt.) will lead the team as co-captains.

Boardman, who has competed at the NCAA meet during his Colby career, was 13th in the slalom at the Eastern Championships and had a top-10 finish in the Colby Carnival giant slalom.

Price leads a junior group of Michael Ferri (Killington, Vt.), and Max Richard (Farmington, Maine). Along with senior Kieran Adams (Park City, Utah), the Mules have experience.

Sophomore Jack Auty (Durham, N.H.) had a fine first season, with four top-20 finishes. He was 20th in the giant slalom at the Eastern Championships. Ellis Grubman (Cambridge, Mass.) also returns for the Mules.

Colby first-years Matt Calarco (Avon, Colo.), Sam Matel (North Pomfret, Vt.), Finn McNamara (Ridgefield, Conn.), and Scott Schibli (Charlotte, Vt.) will contribute right away.

"The first-year guys are all competitive and eager to step into the mix," Noyes said. "Matt Calarco and Sam Matel have earned spots for this first carnival based on their competitive results to date this year."

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:52 am
by Media
Colby College ‏@ColbyCollege
Five questions with #Nordic skier Amy Bianco '17 #NESCAC #skiing ... nco1-19-17

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:52 am
by Media
BatesSports ‏@BatesSports 9
.@BatesNordic places 3 women in top 23; freshman Forrest Hamilton places 8th in classic sprint in carnival debut ... 0120qp4ght

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:53 am
by Media
BatesSports ‏@BatesSports
Kelsey Chenoweth's career-best finish in GS at St. Lawrence Carnival leads Bates women's alpine squad to 4th place ... 0120yopr36

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:33 am
by Media

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Olivia Amber, Colby College first All-American in Nordic skiing, started the 2017 season by taking third place overall and second among collegiate skiers in the women's classic sprint at the St. Lawrence University Carnival on Friday.

Amber had a time of 3 minutes, 42.60 seconds to earn 47 points in racing at Mount Van Hoevenburg. University of Vermont's Mattie Watts won the event in 3:35.06, while undeclared racer Katharine Ogden took second in 3:38.34.

On the men's side, Andrew Egger placed sixth in 2:59.35. He just finished 30th at the U.S. National Championships last weekend in a sprint race. Egger picked up 37 points for his finish.

The Colby men had a balanced finish, with four skiers between places 24 to 33. Ian Liphart took 24th place in 3:09.99, first-year Carter Hall had a solid debut in 3:10.84, Silas Eastman was 31st with a 3:11.36, and Scott Harrison took 33rd in 3:11.81.

Amy Bianco placed 30th for the Colby women in 3:48.82. Skylar Tuppar was 44th for the Mules in her debut in 4:00.74.

St. Lawrence Carnival
Women's Classic Sprint
Team scores
1. Dartmouth 115
2. U. Vermont 110
3. U. New Hampshire 91
4. Harvard 78
5. Colby 77
6. Bates 69
7. Middlebury 67
8. Williams 57
9. Laval 46
10. St. Lawrence 41
11. Bowdoin 40
12. Saint Michael's 24
13. Maine-Presque Isle 4
Colby results
3. Olivia Amber, 3:42.60
30. Amy Bianco, 3:48.82
44. Skylar Tuppar, 4:00.74
64. Talia Seltzer, 4:04.37
69. Annika Martell, 4:06.17
76. Kat Chenail, 4:08.47
80. Vivian Hawkinson, 4:09.20
Men's Classic Sprint
Team scores
1. Dartmouth 111
2. U. Vermont 104
3. U. New Hampshire 84
4. Williams 75
5. Colby 74
6. Bowdoin 68
7. Laval 65
8. Middlebury 65
9. Bates 63
10. Harvard 62
11. Maine-Presque Isle 26
12. St. Lawrence 22
13. Saint Michael's 13
Colby results
6. Andrew Egger, 2:59.35
24. Ian Liphart, 3:09.99
28. Carter Hall, 3:10.84
31. Silas Eastman, 3:11.36
33. Scott Harrison, 3:11.81
53. Zane Fields, 3:14.67
54. Sam Sinkler, 3:14.82
65. Gabe Forest, 3:18.16