JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Tufts University women’s ski club tied for eighth out of 21 teams at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships this week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The championship event consisted of giant slalom races held on Tuesday and slalom races contested on Thursday. Tufts was ninth in giant slalom and eighth in slalom which resulted in their eighth-place tie in the combined results.
Each team has five competitors and the top three times in each event are used to compile the team standings. Tufts’ total time of 5:50.45 in slalom was just behind seventh-place Rocky Mountain College (5:50.00). The Jumbos totaled 6:41.65 in giant slalom on Tuesday, just three-tenths of a second behind eighth-place Northeastern (6:41.62).
Tufts junior Sami Rubin finished seventh in the slalom national championship individually on Thursday. She had runs of 51.45 and 55.23 for a combined 1:46.68. Her top-10 finish earns All-American honors for Rubin.
Freshman Pippa Hodgkins placed 38th in slalom with a combined 2:00.28 (58.86 and 1:01.42), while junior Olivia Wentzell’s 1:00.37 and 1:03.12 runs combined into a 2:03.49 for 44th place.
In the giant slalom races on Tuesday, Rubin placed 22nd with a 2:09.14 combined mark (1:05.52 and 1:03.62). Sophomore Annette Key was second for the Jumbos and 30th overall with 1:07.37 and 1:04.78 runs for a 2:12.15 total. Wentzell scored third for Tufts and 52nd overall (1:10.92 + 1:09.44 = 2:20.36).
In the combined individual results, Rubin placed 12th overall to achieve another All-American honor.
Senior Taylor Hart was also in action for the Jumbos, including a 69th place finish in the giant slalom (2:29.82).
The Jumbos had advanced to the USCSA Nationals by finishing fourth out of 15 teams the Eastern Regionals, which were as held at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine in February.