UVM's Freed and Middlebury's Wolter repeat as nordic Skiers of the Week at EISA Champs
Margie Freed and Peter Wolter both soloed to wins in the Middlebury Carnival/Eastern Championships 15/20k classic mass starts, and also earned themselves their second Skiers of the Week honors of the season.
Freed is originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota, and is majoring in business. She fought through some health issues during the fall and has been on a steady upswing all season, including bronze medals in both Bates Carnival races.
Freed saved the best results of her career for her final regional championships, starting off the weekend with a second place in the 5k skate, just seven seconds behind teammate Lina Sutro. On Saturday, Freed took attacked on the first trip up Rikert's A Climb and stayed clear, skiing alone the rest of the way en route to her first carnival win.
Wolter hails from Hailey, Idaho, and is studying economics. He's been consistently in the top five all season, including four second place finishes. His home carnival started off with another solid result when he snagged fourth place in Friday's classic 10k.
On Saturday, Wolter came out ready to tear up his home course. He attacked from the start and skied the final three laps alone on his way to a dominant first carnival win. His final margin of victory was only ten seconds, but he did slow down to savor the moment and carry the Middlebury flag across the finish line.
Freed and Wolter will join the rest of the EISA's NCAA qualifiers in Bozeman, Montana for NCAA Championships March 11 through 14th.