Rebecca Nadler saw a full second improvement between her first and seconds runs Wednesday (Photo: Cory Ransom)
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Battling windy conditions, flat lighting, a nagging injury and a talented field of competitors, defending NCAA giant slalom champion Rebecca Nadler took 18th Wednesday at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships. Nadler was the lone Harvard representative at the championships, which will last through Saturday and feature both alpine and Nordic events.
"(The hill) has a lot of terrain and a lot of changes in the pitch so it favors someone who can really move over the terrain well and is constantly adapting," said Tim Mitchell, the Paul J. Finnegan Family Head Coach for Harvard Alpine Skiing. "I'm very proud of what she did to go out there and punch in a very respectable result. I am more proud of the effort she put in and how she dug in and fought for it the whole way. As a coach I couldn't ask for anything more than that."
Wearing bib No. 3, Nadler posted a time of 1:04.93 in her first run, good for 17th in the field of 33 competitors. The course sped up considerably between the first and second runs, seeing a significant drop between the first and second run times among the skiers in the field. Nordic coach Chris City was on hand for Harvard and helped wax and tune Nadler's skis to keep up with the changing conditions.
Starting in the middle of the pack for her second run, Nadler improved her time by a full second (1:03.93), but slipped a spot to 18th in the final standings. Her combined final time was 2:08.86, just over four seconds back of the leaders.
Freshman Kristine Haugen of Denver took home the GS title with a winning time of 2:04.60, over a second faster than the second-place finisher.