The races up in the Green Mountains last weekend provided us with two new EISA skiers of the week. With both day's races won by the same competitor, it was easy on the men’s side. The women’s field was more wide-ranging, though it still yielded a sole standout performer.
So, lets meet the skiers of the week!
Jacob Nystedt won his first ever EISA race on Friday, followed by an immediate second on Saturday, both rapid times. On Friday, he finished the classic 10k with a time of 24:00.9. Nystedt’s time on Saturday was 51:56.7.
Nystedt is a sophomore from Sweden, racing at UVM. Last Friday, after winning his first ever race Nystedt said he was “super excited” about the win. “First college win,” said Nystedt, “I’m just super happy.”
Before this skier of week award, Nystedt had been having a strong season filled with top ten finishes, near podium finishes, and podium places. Nystedt will surely look to continue this consistency at the UNH carnival this weekend.
Renae Anderson’s consistency won the weekend, as she grabs skier of the week – Bowdoin’s first this winter – after a fast carnival weekend. Anderson, a senior at Bowdoin from Minnesota, finished sixth on Friday and up a place to fifth on Saturday. Her time for the classic race was 13:58.6 and on Saturday she finished the 15k freestyle in 46:39.0.
The Bowdoin senior went into Middlebury after two top ten finishes at Dartmouth, a seventh and an eighth. After a weekend of incremental improvement, the senior’s last ever EISA carnival at UNH might again see her move up a few places and into the podium.
Those are our skiers of the week! Check back in tomorrow for the course spotlight, and this weekend for race recaps!