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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 17, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College Nordic ski program opens the 2013 season Friday with experienced skiers on both teams for interim head coach Silas Gill.
The Mules will compete in the St. Lawrence University Carnival on Friday and Saturday at Mount Van Hovenberg. The teams will host the Colby Carnival on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, at Waterville's Quarry Road Recreation Center.
Gill, a 2009 graduate of Colby, leads the teams this year while head coach Tracey Cote is on sabbatical. He has talent to work with on both teams.
Senior Jake Barton (Morrisville, Vt.) made the NCAA Skiing Championships for the second time last year and had six top-15 performances in 11 races during the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association season. Barton should once again be a top point producer for Colby.
Junior John Dixon (Shelburne, Vt.) is the lone captain of the men's squad, while junior Paco DeFrancis (Norwich, Vt.), senior Jared Supple (Richmond, Vt.), and sophomore Chris Burnham (Concord, Mass.) all return. Jonah Belk (Lyme, N.H.), a junior, also joins the team as does first-years Nick Murphy (Amherst, N.H.), Camden Regan (Cumberland, Maine), Jefferson Tucker (Woodstock, Vt.), and Calvin Wright (Concord, Mass.).
Senior captains Olga Golovkina (Newton, Mass.) and Molly Susla (Freeport, Maine) will lead the women's squad. Golovkina was Colby's top skier last year and finished 14th in the 15-kilometer classical at the Eastern meet. Susla was often the third finisher for the Mules.
Juniors Lizzie Anderson (Etna, N.H.), Sarah Brockett (Randolph, N.H.), Emma Donohoe (Boise, Idaho), and Maeve McGovern (Stowe, Vt.) are all experienced skiers for the women's team. Alice Hotopp (Bethel, Maine) is back for her sophomore season.
Kim Bourne (St. Paul, Minn.), Jenna Hill (Jackson, N.H.), Mackenzie Hitchcock (Lanesborough, Mass.), Laura Nolan (Williamson, Mass.), and Emma Wood (Harpswell, Maine) make up the first-year class.